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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +328/400 ft
Total: 246 riders
 

Mountain Biking San-lee Park

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#65 of 534 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1306 in the world

This trail has a lot of elevation change throughout. There are 3 major stream crossings and after each, the trail goes up a gut busting hill. There are lots of switchbacks on this heavily wooded trail. Pretty bumpy - roots and rocks all around. This trail is very similar to Hobby Park in Winston-Salem (although the hills are not as extreme). A semi-technical ride with a lot of singletrack.

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 11, 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
From Greensboro, take 421 S. to Sanford. From Raleigh take US 1 to 421 S. From intersection of US 1 and 421, take 421 S 1.2 miles into town. Go left onto Carthage St. (turns into Charlotte St.). Go about 1.4 miles - veer right at BP station onto San Lee Dr. Go 2.0 miles and turn right onto Pumping Station road. Go 0.6 miles - entrance to San Lee Park on the right. Take left fork at park up the hill to parking area. Ride starts on the gravel road at the edge of the parking lot. Go on gravel road, take the right fork and you will see a sign for the trails, along with a sign-in sheet.
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  • Kurti_sc
    ***

    Tough, technical trails. There are some flow sections with nicely built rollers and table tops. there are some nice, natural trail sections. and there are a lot of long, difficult rock gardens. Thankfully, there is not really any vertical to this trail system. That would be...interesting...and not in a good way. The creek crossings are well reinforced. Most sections have a way to roll through.

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  • Cole_Walker
    *****

    This is an amazing trail system with some REALLY tough and rocky sections. If this is something that interests you, you gotta check it out!

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  • SapperMain
    ****

    Lots of chunk, gnar and techy climbs on the single track. The gravity park section is incredibly well maintained, is smooth and has great flow with many trail options to choose from. Be careful not to get in above your head here, some of these jumps are huge. There is also a tech section at the bottom of the gravity park to practice your Danny Mac lines, i.e. log balances, skinnies and several other trials-type lines.

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  • DiamondbackRocker14
    ****

    Ok, my second ride on this trail. The weather was perfect and I didnt crash at the creek crossing. Still a very bumpy ride but a great combination of terrain and technical areas. I plan to be coming back here as often as possible. Closest trail to me that has any kind of singletrack and MEGA Jump is very fun. Ricochet is also fast and fun. Might be getting a 27.5" soon which could make the Gravity park much better.

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  • Lizwarlick
    *****

    Awesome trail system. Best in the triangle. Lots of climbing and boulders with sections of fast flow and killer jump lines.

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  • Bjzebrardw
    ****

    A lot of great work. Trails are excellent! However, there are sections that are very tough first a normal Rider. Sections that will eat your bike and/ or you! Stopping and evaluating the rock gardens is the best if you don't ride rocks much.

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  • Ken Wells
    *****

    This trail system is always improving. The word is getting out and mountain bikers at all levels are coming out here during the weekends. Donn and his crew have put so much work into the different sections of the park. I deemed this advanced because there are parts that will make you tighten your grip on your handlebars. I would like to see some better start points. You will not regret coming here and getting it on. Fun times and great moments.

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  • DiamondbackRocker14
    ****

    First time riding San Lee. It was a lot bumpier than I expected. I came from Florida riding the Alafia trail which is smooth as butter compared to San Lee. LOTS of rocks and roots. Riding a 29er hardtail and it was bumpy. I went to the wrong trailhead at the beginning, I couldnt figure out where to start. Once I got going it was good. There are some really fun parts of the trail, just super bumpy. I'm used to much smoother trails, but I could get used to this, especially since I found gravity park. I have been looking for something like that for a while now. Lots of cool downhill there. I took ricochet down, which was a blast. Tried crossing the creek at the bottom, which I thought I was well equipped to do, but I was wrong. Had to bail and my rear derailleur got bent, thought I fixed it and it got caught in the spokes, snapped it right off. Time for an upgrade. I will be going back to try it again. Beautiful park and the trail builders have put lots of time into this place. I would like to know when they work on it to go help and learn more about the trail. Get out there and enjoy the ride. I want to go back tomorrow, soon.

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  • Daniel_Sheets
    ****

    Very well built and maintained singletrack.Good signage overall.The downhills lines are great and flow well.There is a campground,but it seemed to be closed.On the down side they will close the park with any sign of wetness.

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  • BikeNaked
    *****

    This is an awesome destination for mountain biking. there is such a mix of terrain, rocky, rooty, smooth flowy, huge turns, jumps, and much more. recommend that you are experienced rider for this assortment of terrain.

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  • jvzuraws
    ****

    Really enjoyed riding this trail. Rode on a 25" hard tail. Would have preferred full suspension and/or larger diameter wheels to handle the abundance of roots and rocks but definitely still enjoyable on the 25" hard tail. I rode all of the advanced portions of the trail only all not too crazy. The only portion I did not enjoy enjoy was Free Fall. Free Fall consisted of a lot of flat and climbs through rock gardens not sure I would have enjoyed on a more well suited bike. My recommendation is unless you like peddling through rock gardens bypass Free Fall and a great ride, best within 1 hour drive of Raleigh.

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  • jvzuraws
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    Really enjoyed riding this trail. Rode on a 25" hard tail. Would have preferred full suspension and/or larger diameter wheels to handle the abundance of roots and rocks but definitely still enjoyable on the 25" hard tail. I rode all of the advanced portions of the trail only all not too crazy. The only portion I did not enjoy enjoy was Free Fall. Free Fall consisted of a lot of flat and climbs through rock gardens not sure I would have enjoyed on a more well suited bike. My recommendation is unless you like peddling through rock gardens bypass Free Fall and a great ride, best within 1 hour drive of Raleigh.

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  • *****

    This place is awesome! 10 miles of well marked, very rocky and rooty single track. Each expert section has an easy trail around it and the splits are well marked, lots of signs. There are all types of rocks and rock gardens here, but when the sign says expert, it means it. Great workout and excellent place to train in technical conditions. Right now the trail is just starting to accumulate leaves, I assume once it gets a thick mat of leaves, it will become very difficult to navigate. 10/10 going to be coming back here often.

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  • eottati
    *****

    Just the best thing your going to get for several hours. Gravity park is great and continues to expand. Just an amazing park

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  • gregor
    *****

    Excelent Trail system .. Rode it twice and camped in oct 2014.. I will return asap.. My Bike 2015 Giant Anthem X 3 .. 27.5 handled it well .. Thanks to trail builder again

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  • gregor
    *****

    Great lay out by trail builder . We met him on sunday oct 12 . .13 .. I will say . Five *****. Megga jumps .. ill be back next weekend . Camp sites awesome .right next to trails ..

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  • Ken Wells
    *****

    If you want a well rounded bike ride this is it. The trail is marked with all sorts of difficulty, from the beginner to the most advanced rider. There are a lot of jumps and berms that make this trail very unique. The parking for your vehicle is located on the right side near the park building when you come into the park. You will have to go up the hill then park in the gravel lot on the right. It started to rain pretty bad when I was a quarter way into this ride, which made for some very challenging technical skills. The rocks were slick and the water on the trail was unforgiving. I would highly recommend this trail for all mountain bikers. The Forrest scenery is just breath taking and that in it self is another perk for this trail system. The park rangers are very helpful and will assist in any way to make your stay enjoyable. I would recommend riding with a partner however. When the signs say jump, or drop off they mean what they say, unless your skilled enough to negate the obstacles, I would just recommend you dismount and walk until you feel comfortable again. Hard tails are probably not the way to go with this course. I have a 2013 KHS XC 104 full suspension with rock shock and some Kenda Klaw tires, for me it does the trick and also provides a smoother ride. Again I highly recommend this course if you want that extreme workout that will make you say "Wow" afterwards.

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  • Have bike will travel
    *****

    I like variation and this trail has it. I tried some of the "expert" side trails and they are lots of fun but time consuming for my level. The main trail is great with lots of tricks and treats. When I get to the end, I know I've been challenged, buffeted, thrilled and beat up quite a bit.

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  • IntelligentDesigner
    *****

    Really good trail! Lots of rock gardens if you like those. Good berms for tight, high-speed turns. A few jumps. Good climbs to take your breath, but not ridiculous. Plenty of mileage. Too far away from me, but worth a trip every now and then.

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