Smith Lake

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 300 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (45)


September 14, 2016
Eric Banks Gramcounter  
Review: 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.


September 9, 2016
Review: so so much sand

August 15, 2016
Review: Sand pits were a new challenge for me--I thought they made it more interesting though, not necessarily dangerous. Just be sure to KEEP PEDALING. If you have to stop though it's good practice for unclipping if you are new to cleats! I rode on the green and blue trails--main difference is that the blue trail has some significant grade changes. Bring lots of water to stay hydrated when it's hot!

Similar Trail: This was my first experience riding on a trail like this.

Granny Gear

July 31, 2016
Review: 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

Granny Gear

March 31, 2016
Review: 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.

March 23, 2016
Review: Great for beginners or just getting in a quick ride but I would much rather go to San Lee. Too much sand, not enough anything else. My 7 yo did the beginner trail his first time out and loved it.

June 17, 2015
Review: I was happily surprised with this trail, considering the region it is in. I expected a lot more squishy sand patches that would need powering through, but it was quite fast. The black and brown trails make it worth riding again, especially for any beginner looking to develop their skills.

June 15, 2015
Review: Just went out to the trail today. Skipped the beginner trail and went right into intermediate. Coming from a area 15 minutes from Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, I must say I'm glad that there is a trail like this right near town. This is my first trail experience here in North Carolina and I think that it is worth checking out. I enjoyed it a lot, but I personally would start on the intermediate trail. Haven't hit the expert trail yet, but just get out there and ride!

Bunny Hop

March 28, 2015
Review: 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.


May 18, 2014
Review: This is a review of the Expert Brown section. WOW! It's got it all drops climbs and rock gardens. Tight turns and switchbacks aplenty. Makes the Black Diamond look like the green. It can be found after riding in the Black trail after a few minutes. It's really worth checking out!



May 2, 2016
Guest Gramcounter  
Review: 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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