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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +211/ -104 ft
Total: 140 riders

Mountain Biking Smith Lake

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#143 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,850 in the world

Has 3 trails - Easy(Green)-Intermediate(Blue)-Hard(Black). Each level of trail is an out and back and is around 2-3 miles. Green is well Easy. Blue has lots of ditches and thats about it. Black trail has it all - Logs, Climbs, bridges, Ditches, etc. If this trail was longer would be a great ride.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 1, 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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"Trail is located in the Ft Bragg Smith Lake Rec Area by Simmons Army Airfield on State Hwy 210
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  • jstack11

    Most of this is easy easy sandy, flat trail. The trails are Red and Blue - which are beginner level (green) then there is the brown trail (black -advanced). There are some wild features here. A number of cool jump lines. A couple I wouldn't try. One that I hit 3 or 4 times, starting with a 3 foot drop . These are all at a plateau . they are old features, made up mostly of rocks and what the environment gives you. Most of the trail is somewhat boring, but the crazy high level features is worth it.

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  • Eric Banks

    Not a bad trail, but the sand does get annoying. There are two other trails that are not listed in the description, the red and brown. The red trail starts and ends off the blue trail. This is a chill one that I take my kids on, I would guess it is about 2 miles or less. The brown trail starts and ends of the black trail. This one is fun with a couple of downhill sections, steep climbs, and even a kind of an almost pump track towards the end. This one is about 4 miles. It is also common to have parts of the trail over grown, and bug spray is a must.

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  • kamaka.edlao

    Really wild place. Roots, rained out descents and sand collected in certain areas give a good challenge. It ain't the greatest but smooth sailing never makes a good sailor. Take it for what it is make the best of it. It's close to post and tropical café is minutes away. Can't beat that! Haha

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  • DirtyJerry

    The black trail is a green trail. The brown loop made the ride. Everything else was very sandy. Just finished raining when we got there so it was packed for the most part. Not a bad trail for a local leg stretcher, but for the distance I had to travel, I would prefer San Lee. We ended up here because the Trail Nazi at San Lee kicked us out before we even got out of the truck. Three stars for face slappers, sand, and was hoping for a little more flow on the trail. Plus 1 star for making a 3 hour ride to San Lee with surprise rain not become a wasted trip.

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  • NicIngenthron

    The beginner trail is exactly that and nothing more, my 7 yo just had his first mtn bike experience there and is now hooked. The other trails are good for a quick ride.

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  • Have bike will travel

    This is a trail that I love to hate. It reminds me of an unkept house. You know it's lived in and its never tidy and clean. Fast as all get out for most part but on the "brown" expert trail throws in some surprise diffucult singletrack. Also areas of gnarley roots, ruts and drops. Just plain ugly at spots! I ususally finish up with the 3 mile green easy loop going as fast as possible. Best thing is that with the sandy trail, its ridable most any time. Try it, I think you will like it.

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  • oldskool_XC

    Great Trail for the area. Has good single track, some climbing, and some rock gardens. Needs some maintenance on bridges and ladders but otherwise solid ride for the area. The brown trail adds some distance and technical single-track. About 11.5 miles if you ride green-blue-brown-black. Sandy in many spots which slow down and make cornering tricky but that's the south. Enjoy. If anyone is up for some maintenance let me know!

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  • jamesval035

    Has been made better by adding the experct brown trail. Good little rock sections and a few fast flowing downhill sections. Overall it has greatly improved over the last year with the extra trail being built. Hit it up this past weekend and going on sunday 30 april with a bud. Going to get some mileage with my phone to figure out how long it is with the addition of the new trails. added pics and entire trail is 10.3 miles

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  • larmatv

    Road all three trails today they were in pretty good condition. Looks like they cleared some trees around the Brown and Black tracks but the trails were clear. The sand in places hindered the speed but that's just the way it is in this area. That big wood sign in one of the photos marking the Green trail has been replaced by a small metal one. All in all it's a great trail close to Ft. Bragg.

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  • **

    So I found this place by the camp site. I'm starting to build drops and jumps.

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  • haolezeus

    So far this is my favorite trail in the Fayetteville area. I like to ride in order of Blue, Black, then Green. When on the black, there is a fork between "Black" to the left and "Expert Brown" to the right. I took "Expert Brown" my first time out and haven't been back since. I prefer the normal Black which will end across the street from the green trail head which I use to try and go fast at the end without any technical spots to hopefully avoid wrecking due to being tired. Trail flows pretty nicely with only one or two climbs of any significance. Can get a little crowded on the weekends. Also is sandy (really?) but drains quickly after rain.

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  • Scott Oakes

    This was a fun ride. Rode while travelling for work. Some of the locals said best way to ride it is backward. Start at the hard and work to the easy. It was pretty flowy that way. Rode mid-week and it was a ghost town.

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  • ****

    Love it here, trails are well-marked, very accessible, and never crowded. You can make your ride as easy or difficult as you want it.

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  • remedy8dave

    There is supposedly a hidden jump section near the boat ramps

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  • Jarrett.morgan

    This ride has a lot of sand, but all rides in this area have sand. The hard aka black trail is under construction/destroyed. The easy aka green trail is as it says easy. I found the intermediate aka blue trail to be good fun. It had natural and manmade terrain features that made it much fun.

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  • jaredmcvay

    Great ride, but watching the attached video, it explains why the difficult trail (black) was not. The blue trail was one of the better rides you'll find around here, and it was a good ride.

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  • meanmejia

    The beginner trail is just flat sandy single track. The "more difficult" trail has a few ditches and jumps. The "very difficult" trail is fun but the sand tends to get annoying when your're trying to build up speed.

    Currently the entrance road off of Honeycutt is under construction (rode it today). Even though there are signs saying the road is closed, the workers don't seem to mind. Probably the best trail in Fayetteville.

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  • cltadams

    Mostly single track trail without much terrain change. This trail runs from the trail on the easiest (green) route, then splits off after about 2.3 miles onto the advanced (blue) route. To make it a 7.5 mile route, follow the green trail past this split back to the trail head, then ride the dirt road you drove in on back towards Honeycutt. The blue trail start will be on the left a half mile down. At the end of the blue route, the expert (black) route continues on, taking you back to the trail head parking lot. The green trail is very easy, the blue has some parts that will get your legs churning and the black has quite a few switchbacks on a pretty narrow trail. Not much chance to build speed or technique, but it can be a good workout without going all the way to Sanford to ride Governors Creek. They also run an Xterra off road triathlon here around Memorial Day weekend every year, if you're interested.

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  • TheFlyingIguana

    I like this as a nice work-out. It's got some short climbs, a couple fast spots, and several banked turns, with a few man-made obstacles.

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