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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +176/ -160 ft
Total: 66 riders

Mountain Biking Research triangle park

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#136 of 542 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,636 in the world

Single track network. It has a couple of jumps, a few planks to ride, some rooty sections and not much elevation change.

First added by on Jan 1, 2013. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Turn east off the 55 on kitt park, then hang a right on Louis Stephens, then keep going until you see some volley ball courts on the west side of the road. Take that entrance, and park at the research triangle park mountain bike trailhead.
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  • Broken Rim

    Excellent after work location to grab some saddle time.

    Took my girl here because it is close to the house (her first attempt at single track) and she loved it. Riders were courteous to her and I, considering we were slow.

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  • wstanford

    This is my fav. trail! I recommend these trails on a hardtail bike and 27.5 wheels, but ride what you have. I am a average rider and if you keep taking lefts you may be able to do the ride in about 30-45 min.

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  • Jbugg305

    Super fun! This is a great trail kinda far from me but totally worth the ride. The views are super nice. U have to try it out

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  • N8XC

    I really really want to give this trail at least 4 stars. Maybe I'm being too critical but there are a few things I didn't like. Let me start by saying the trail is very well maintained and has some really cool purpose-built features like a 12ft rock garden, a skinny bridge, some fun semi-natural pump sections and fun flow! Also, I love how dense the woods are. It feels like a totally different world inside the research triangle.

    That being said, I have some complaints. My main complaint is the number of blind corners! This trail really needs a clear "one-way only" direction because there were A few instances that I came around a corner and almost slammed into an oncoming rider. The trails is a bit too small in my opinion. It got worse closer to 5:45-6pm when everyone flocks to the trail for a post-work ride. To me, it feels more like a compact creative beginner/intermediate skills course/mini trail.

    I would recommend it to new riders looking to hone their skills and confidence on a trail while being in close proximity to the car.

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  • JTDavis

    The trail is nice and some what smooth. The trail cuts through a section of tall grass that almost covers the trail often. Overall its pretty short, 25mins later I'm finished and kinda bored. There are signs for trail direction but they are just arrows so it is kinda confusing, but they are just alternatives or different directions for a loop. The access to the trail shares a parking lot with some volleyball courts so look for those if you are lost. I was told by some riders that there are some unsanctioned trails across the street with not maps if you are feeling unsatisfied after the short ride you just took

    Overall it was enjoyable, it has nice bridges and trail work, but I wouldn't plan a trip out there for anything but living in the area or with kids close by.

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  • HollidayRoad

    Not a bad little trail. Some nice trail work has been done by someone with the bridges and such. I'm from Indy so the slick pine needles were a nice surprise. Hopefully there's room to grow this trail, it's only about 2 miles from my sons house.

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  • Doc66

    Sorry to hack a review on this but the directions lead me to a brand new construction site for what appears to be a shopping place and some apparent/town homes.

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  • IntelligentDesigner

    Decent, but not much mileage. Could use more obstacles if the trail is going to be so short.

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  • ***

    Rode here today, lots of leaves were covering the trail. I thought the sinage was pretty good. I saw 2 other groups of riders during my hour long ride. It was cute. Not exactly a destination ride, but a good local after work or lunch break ride.

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