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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +913/ -841 ft
Total: 211 riders

Mountain Biking Renaissance Park

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#81 of 542 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1,541 in the world

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.

First added by leadbutt on Sep 27, 2004. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take 77 to Tyvola, if from N, turn right, South, turn left. Go @ 2-3 miles to Renaissance Park. You can park in tennis court parking lot, but most park in softball field parking lot.
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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter

    Rode this for the first time. Parked in Renaissance Park lot. Several trails accessible from here. Nice intermediate trail with some roots and wood bridges to keep it interesting. Some of the connector trails were overgrown. Overall will be back. After the ride drove over to tennis courts and looks like you can access the trails from there as well.

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  • SC5010_NC

    They have added a lot of new features over the years. The trails are fun with sever berms and small jumps. However it is poorly labeled and it very confusing!

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  • Team88

    Trial is a little muddy but in good shape

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  • drsleep

    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.

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  • double_ewe

    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.

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  • sir.veil

    First time on a bike in about 10 years. This real was a perfect reintroduction to mt biking.

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  • oohoo

    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.

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  • Alex170170

    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.

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  • tephabu

    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.

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  • beasleycj

    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.

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  • JBX

    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.

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  • oohoo

    Good work out at speed but nothing really too memorable. There are much better trials in the charlotte area.

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  • Chase Carlson

    its a decent trail there are parts of it that I really enjoyed but most of it is meh compared to other trails around it.

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  • radams89

    Unexciting. Def a trail for beginners.

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  • ericmo80

    Okay, so this is my first review and my first time riding a designated "singletrack" trail. The trailhead is easy to find along the back edge of the parking lot near the softball field. It's well maintained and just the right length. A lot of downhill makes it exciting and a myriad of roots and drops make it somewhat technical.

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  • carlosbike08

    This trail is perfect for after work hours. easy access. Rooty, Easy climbs, intermediate skills will have fun.* Review edited 6/29/2008

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  • EZ-E

    January 19, 2008 Short Track Race - POSTPONED!!!
    Due to expected winter weather conditions...
    New date Sunday 1/27/2008

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  • jrostan

    Easy access, very convienient to get to. Nice mix of terrain and a lot of fun.

    I bought my first high end bike in Charlotte, and got the tip to go here from the local bike shop I bought my Gary Fisher from. I wanted to start biking again, more seriously, to get in shape and loose some weight in a fun way.

    I lost 55 pounds and all I did was ride this park. That was it... nothing else.

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  • videl_majin_cold45

    Before I rode this trail I was skeptical about how a trail that is right outside of downtown could be a technical challenge. After I took a lap around loop 1 I had a different point of view. The Tarheel Trailblazers have made good use of the land and have given people that live near charlotte an escape from the hsutle of the city. A+

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