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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +440/ -199 ft
Total: 216 riders

Mountain Biking Tanglewood Park

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#64 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#1,256 in the world

This trail is awesome. It is very tight (particularly the first section) and very fast. The trail is pretty smooth for the most part and becomes fairly technical in the far loop. The far loop is on the other side of the main road into the park. This loop is about 4 miles long and has a bit more elevation change than the other loop. Ride on the doubletrack between the two loops and look out for horse poop. A great trail with lots to explore.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • 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
"Take I-40 West from Winston-Salem and take exit #182 Tanglewood/Bermuda run. Go left. Go about 0.25 miles and turn right at the stoplight (onto NC 158). Go past the park entrance and park in the gravel lot on the left just before the bridge. Trail starts on the other side of the gate on the left side of the gravel road (singletrack).
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  • ShadRack

    Great place to ride with easy access. Some climbs with some down hill flow. Nice features!

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  • sk8sslow

    Local group has put a lot of effort into maintaining and improving trails. Great for beginners as well as advanced riders. Not the most technical in the area but a great workout and there are a few features to test your skills.

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  • Cole_Walker

    Fairly easy XC trail. Great park and parking spots. Moderate climbs and descents, some technical features. Loads of fun.

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  • chad01

    This trail is great for a beginner and for anyone who wants a layed back ride through the woods.For the most part trail has good markings but I got a little confused where the trail continues to other portions of trail which has three different sections.wildlife was great,I had deer all around me on several occasions which was very cool.

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  • scubasteven74

    Just rode this for the first time on Friday. There is plenty of variety here and this would be a great place for a new rider to start and then build up their skills. Most of the wood bridges have chicken wire covering them, so no worries about slipping if it is wet. Most of the technical features (log piles, downed trees, drops, etc.) have ride-arounds, so you can avoid anything you are not comfortable trying. There are no sustained climbs, but there are a few punchy uphill sections that will get the heart pumping. The beginner and main loops are very well marked. The River Loop (across the main road) is not marked as well and I had to backtrack a few times. I'm still not sure if I rode the whole loop or missed a section or two. A few more direction signs on this trail would be a huge help. There were quite a few deer out and many were close to the trail. Definitely keep your head up and watch for the wildlife. This trial is only a couple of minutes off Interstate 40, so if you are traveling the I-40 corridor, it is worth taking an hours break and giving it a ride. Overall, if you have a group that has a wide range of riding abilities, this would be a great place to go. There is something for everyone.

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  • Bob Hodge

    Went on a ride this am on the trail for the first time. Slow riding just to get an idea of what "advance" meant on their sign. I'm a novice at best so wanted to see if the rating was close. The trail is single tract and has a lot of tight turns. Good elevation gain in the loops for a good work out. I found it to have a lot of trail roots and rock that made it slippery. maybe a half dozen jumps and the same for wooden bridges. In a covered forest setting which is nice. several mud pit mix into the trail. Overall if you were moving much faster than I it would be a treat for a more experienced rider. Would recommended the trail for the non advance rider as you may get you thrill on this trail. There is a tree down on one part of the trail that I had to walk around today.

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  • Ron Hobson

    One of the best trails around. Fun, mostly flat and fast. Very well kept.

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  • CHeath

    Lots of use and thats good. Smooth and fast. Nice bridges also. Thumbs up to the crew for making it good.

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  • eddyz9   ✓ supporter

    There are 3 trails here, varying in length and difficulty. (Disclaimer: I am a slow-poke and a chicken, an intermediate level rider, so consider that.)
    The easiest trail by my reckoning is one the same side of the road as the dog park, not much steep climbing or sharp descents, good for beginners.

    The 5 mile main trail is fun and flowy, sort of low level intermediate, though there are a couple of tricky spots near the end.

    I find the trail next to the Yadkin River the most difficult technically, though not by much. There are a couple of sharp dips into and out of a gully, but most of the trail is more flowing, and the climbs are shorter and less steep.

    The trails are very well-maintained, the deer are very tame, and the parking's free! A fun time (if a bit suburban).

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  • Joel DH

    This is a jewel of a trail system in the Piedmont area. Just enough technical features to keep it fun and interesting, with a little of everything thrown in. They even have some mini tabletops and one mega berm that belongs on a DH track. Very fun! Cycletherapy bike shop is a major source of volunteers for this trail, so look them up if interested.

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  • Ernie DeBlasi

    This was a really fun ride with some technical features. We rode the trail after a heavy rain the night before and it was still surprisingly rideable. Some of the roots were a little slippery so be careful. Coming from Florida, most of the trails up here seem really nice. Even my 7 year old son was having fun. Can't wait to come back and try some more.

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  • douga_dude

    I did the one with the "More Difficult" sign. Nice trail, fairly flat, some inclines but nothing crazy, not many super fast parts. Great workout. I gave it 3 stars because it is not marked very well. This was my first time on this trail and multiple times I wasn't quite sure which way to go. Even if you do take the wrong turn, I wouldn't worry too much about getting lost in the woods. There are lots of people in RV's, hikers, and other bikers around the park.

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  • maevans

    Trails are in great shape, they do a great job of keeping them clear or debris.

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  • EJames

    Nice options for three separate trails, beginner to more advance. Trails are well kept. Easy to get to off of interstate 40.

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  • acurtis122

    Very nice place to ride. Very well taken care of and can be an easy ride or can be some what harder if you ride it really fast. A place to really work on fitness and some bike skills. Make sure you give it a try.

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  • NSS

    It is a nice six mile loop with regular maintenance, which is convenient when you consider other trails after a storm that may have more TLC required. The trail levels out for a mile or so in the middle which is really pleasant or really disappointing, depending on the kind of ride you are looking to have. The parking is also convenient and the trail start isn't hard to find.

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  • PartsPProf

    The Tanglewood MTB trails are a great place for folks just coming into it and for more experienced riders. As someone just getting into riding the trails, I find the trails challenging, but not impossible. There are a good amount of technical parts on all 3 loops to try out. I'm grateful for the volunteers who have put a lot of TLC into these trails to make them accessible to a range of skills. Lots of roots and some rock pockets, plus jumps, berms, and a fair amount of grade changes to get in a good workout. The beginner and advanced loops are easy to navigate, but the signage on the intermediate or river loop could be a lot better. I could not figure out the planned route on there when I accessed it from the road that connects the trail to the beginner loop. Other than better signage, these trails are great. I love riding with deer so close, just looking at you cautiously. Awesome to see little fawns and owls too.

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  • DirtDobber04

    Went to TW for the first time and rode the advanced trail. It was well maintained, and a little wet from recent rain which made some of the turns very fun drifting through them. Like others have said there is not much elevation change. Nice bridges, logs, roots, etc. Not to technical but I still found it to be a quick and fun ride. Next time I will run all 3 trails out there.

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  • John Sharpe

    Well-maintained trails...not overly technical but nice and flowy. You can park just off 158 near the River parking lot or you can head into Tanglewood and take a left before the gate entrance. There you will find plenty of parking. There are three loops available at Tanglewood. There is a beginner loop with little to no elevation. Takes about 7-10 minutes to ride. There is an intermediate loop located by the river which is very rooty with lots of turns. As of June 2015, they have been improving this loop with some new jumps and berms to make the loop flow. It's really a lot of fun. The loop takes about 15 minutes. Then there is the main loop. It's about 5 miles, includes a little bit of elevation. Expect about 30-40 minutes to ride this portion. The signage is not the best at Tanglewood, but it is getting better. I like riding here as it mindless but still fun.

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  • JSherwood1987

    Fun trail, not much elevation gain but has fun twisting turns. Well maintained.

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