April 3, 2014
The trail is across the street from the NC School for the Deaf. There is a dirt parking area at the trailhead right off highway 301. Be careful pulling in not to get rear-ended - there is a short drop off the highway which requires a severe slow down and other drivers aren't expecting you to turn in. The trail wraps around the wooded area, and I have found that counter-clockwise seems to be the intended direction. The parking area seems to be one of the highest points on the trail.
The biggest asset of this trail is that it's all there is in Wilson. It's good practice for me because it constantly changes gears and there isn't a lot of coasting that can be done.
To me, the overall appeal of the trail is it location and that it can be ridden in a short amount of time - perfect for an after-work ride.
The trail is maintained but with so many switchbacks it's easy to double back on yourself because for much of the ride you are only a few feet from another section of the trail. There are 5 or 6 obstacles (that I've seen) that range from narrow bridges to log piles. All can be avoided if desired.
When it rains it takes a while for the trail to completely dry out because there is a swampy area on the far side of the trail. The wet spots of the trail make up only 5%-10% of the trail, but seem to stay wet long after the rest of the trail is dry.