Do you have a favorite trail?

If you are new to the triangle or to mountain biking, you’re probably looking for a place to ride. If you’ve been around a while, you might be looking for a way to help. We welcome both riders and volunteers.

Ride a TrailWork on a Trail
Photo by Debbie

Do you know how to find the best mountain bike trails in the triangle?

Are you looking for place to ride your first mountain bike trail? Or are you looking for a new challenge? TORC has a trail built just for you. If you haven’t found it yet, this list will get you started.

Lake Crabtree County Park

The trails at Lake Crabtree are some of the oldest in the triangle. The central location and good flowy singletrack, plus a pump track, makes it fun for every skill level, but it’s especially beginner friendly.

Lake Crabtree

Harris Lake County Park

The flowy singletrack at Harris Lake has a lot in common with Crabtree, but with a few more challenging trails and features. There is a fun skills park and a new flow trail. If it has rained recently, check the trail status.

Harris Lake

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve

These are some of TORC’s newest trails but word has spread quickly. The trails can be ridden slowly by beginners, while experienced riders can really fly. A few technical sections with whoop-de-doos keep it interesting.

Brumley Forest

Carolina North Forest

There’s both singletrack and some gravel riding available at CNF, and lots of it, around 20 miles total. Some of the singletrack here can challenge beginners but there is a lot of variety. There’s something for everyone.

Carolina North Forest

Briar Chapel

This trail system winds around the Briar Chapel neighborhood. It’s not a place to go if you hate rocks on the trail, but the challenges here will make you a better mountain biker. It also has an awesome skills park.

Briar Chapel

What else do you need to know?

You will usually find a sign at the trailhead that tells you if it’s ok to bike or not, if you find yourself at an unfamiliar trail. There might be an additional sign for trail status: open or closed. And on-line, TORC trail reporters post trail status reports on Trailforks. A list of all the riding areas and their status is mirrored here. And you can find a mobile friendly list by clicking the little bike in the main menu at the top of the page.

Help WantedVolunteer Your Time

All TORC trails are built and maintained using the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) trail-building best practices, and volunteer support. And we could use your help!

mountain bike trail maintenance work day
If you are interested in volunteering your time to help us with some trail work, go check our meetup page. We post work day events there along with group rides and other fun.

A typical work day will begin in the morning and last a few hours. Tools are usually provided but you’ll need appropriate work clothes, water, gloves. The meetup event will give you all the details.

So Come Help Us

Working on a trail is fun work, honestly, and you can work as hard as you want to.

If you are in good enough shape to ride a mountain bike, then we have a trail job for you. And it’s not unusual for a work day to end with a group ride, so come out and join the fun. You don’t even have to be a TORC member, although we hope you’ll consider it!

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The Tetractus Trail Challenge Map

Looking for a Fun Challenge?

If you are looking for a long term goal, check out the Tetractus challenge, from Oak City Cycling Project. See how long it takes you to check off every trail in the Triangle. You can easily fulfill the challenge by joining one of our many Meetup rides.


Photo credits: DavidH, Debbie