Renaissance Park

3.45 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Awesome trail for everybody. It has lots of lil' ups and downs covered in roots. The Tarheel Trailblazers have created a trail that really makes good use of the land with whoop-de-doos, technical short climbs and some really fast swooping singletrack.

It's made up of two separate loops, both starting at each parking lot and connected by a service road and a new section of singletrack that is really fun.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (203 total check-ins)
  Jim Dandro   on Oct 9, 2019
  wheelzbestoked   on Sep 24, 2019
  Joao Emanuel Martins Vas   on Jul 28, 2019
  Jim Dandro   on Jul 27, 2019
  Joao Emanuel Martins Vas   on Jun 8, 2019
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Reviews (23)

Granny Gear

January 16, 2019
Team88 Granny Gear  
Review: Trial is a little muddy but in good shape

Granny Gear

October 14, 2016
drsleep Granny Gear  
Review: I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert, but this is a rough, rough ride. These are some of the oldest trails in the area and their condition is a testament to that fact.

The eastern loop in particular is in pretty bad shape. Massive trenches that used to be wheel ruts, slopes that have been washed out to sheer dropoffs more than a foot high, and snarls of roots covering the path in six foot stretches. The worst of this loop definitely comes after the early exit route that's available maybe halfway through the trail, but there's absolutely a broken wrist waiting for you on any part of it if you're not paying attention or your skills aren't up to snuff. Without some maintenance this trail might actually be better rated blue/black.

The northern loop isn't what you'd call pristine but what you can ride on (a section is blocked off) is definitely in better shape than it's eastern cousin. There's some pretty nasty transitions. I recall a heavy-duty rock garden right at the top of a hill that itself comes right after a switchback, but I'm comfortable saying that my issues with that came from my lack of expertise, not because the trail itself was a mess.

You like it raw? Give Renaissance a shot. Anyone who's not down for a fight or at least some bloody knuckles might want to check out Francis Beatty.

Similar Trail: Rolling down Crowder's Mtn in a bathtub


May 15, 2015
double_ewe Gramcounter  
Review: good place to get a workout in without heading too far out of town. nothing very technical, but there's a fun pump track section.

Granny Gear

March 21, 2015
sir.veil Granny Gear  
Review: First time on a bike in about 10 years. This real was a perfect reintroduction to mt biking.


October 11, 2014
oohoo Gramcounter  
Review: Good changing terrain, not too technical, but watch out for where they have tried to throw loose gravel in tight non visible turns. It's causede to get close to wrecking as the gravel spots are completely unexpected.

Granny Gear

July 2, 2014
Alex170170 Granny Gear  
Review: As a beginner this trail was very challenging. It was my first time mtn biking and this trail was closest to me- but I would definitely not recommend for beginners. A lot of technical stuff that you learn how to approach from experience. However, aside from difficulty, the trail itself is great- very well kept, I didn't find too many jumps/coasters but the trail is easy to follow and well defined.


June 1, 2014
tephabu Gramcounter  
Review: One of the oldest mtb trails in Charlotte... and it is obvious. Rooty and choppy. But there is a really fun short track section, and someone has been doing some great re-routes around there. Lock everything out of sight before arriving in the parking lot. There have been a lot of break-ins reported. The last time I was there with a group a security officer stopped by and said they patrol the area frequently, but they are responsible for both sides of the park. So play it safe. Charlotte Mountain Bike has a few races out here in the summer as part of the summer series and the Winter Short Track series.

Bunny Hop

May 27, 2014
beasleycj Bunny Hop  
Review: Renaissance Park is a cool spot that is surprisingly quick. There are a lot of high roots here and areas that have been washed out by rain so you have to be on your toes. There are no major climbs on this trail. There are some fast sections that end abruptly, which is the only complaint I have. There are some small jumps on the trail that make it little interesting. There is a sign at the entrance that states there have been a lot of break-ins recently. So, watch out and keep your valuables locked up/safe. Overall, this is a decent spot that is conveniently located to South Charlotte.


February 7, 2014
JBX Doubletrack  
Review: nice trail near CLT, I would put it a intermediate, although some sections are definately green , newbies would have to walk or crash in more than a few places, overall nice considering where it is.

Similar Trail: Francis Beatty


January 2, 2014
oohoo Gramcounter  
Review: Good work out at speed but nothing really too memorable. There are much better trials in the charlotte area.

Renaissance Park MTB Trail 3.45 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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