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Beaver Dam State Recreation Area

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Overall :   4.1 / 5.0   based on 50 votes
Technical :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 50 votes
Climbing :   3.4 / 5.0   based on 50 votes
Freeride :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 50 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.7 / 5.0   based on 50 votes
Flow :   3.6 / 5.0   based on 41 votes

Description
Location: North Raleigh, near Falls Lake
Miles: 15 miles
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Contact: Park office (919) 676-1027 (call to see if trails are open)

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Park Hours and Fees

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Rules of the Trail

The trails at Beaverdam State Recreation Area on Falls Lake are a lot of fun. In my opinion, they are easier than New Light--less steep hills, rocks, and sharp turns--but harder than Crabtree. Beginners who feel comfortable at Crabtree should definitely give Beaverdam a try. There will only be a few obstacles they'll want to walk. Intermediate and advanced riders will find Beaverdam a fast, uncrowded ride but still enjoy a good workout.

Here's the details: The trails are rated beginner to intermediate and include three loops: a 2.6-mile outer loop, a 1.6-mile inner loop, a 2.4-mile west loop and more advanced 8.5-mile loop called South Loop.

In addition to the trails, there are two parking lots, restrooms, picnic shelters, grills and a lakefront beach! Great if you want to bring your kayak, fishing pole, burgers, or the rest of the family and make a day of it.

At certain times, there is a fee of $6/vehicle to enter the Recreation Area. The fee applies to bicycles too if you ride in. You can call to see if the trails are closed due to rain.

The trails may be closed due to rain, hazardous conditions, and maintenance. The trails are closed for rider safety, so please stay off them when they are closed.

Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED

You must enter the trails from the trail entrance within the park. Entering the trails from anywhere else is illegal.

This is the first time that the Division has partnered with an outside organization to build and maintain a trail system and the first time the Division has allowed mountain bikes on singletrack trails in a state park! Both of those items are major victories--thanks to the North Raleigh Mountain Biking Association volunteers (same folks that gave us New Light) .

Contact NRMBA to find out how you can help with future trail building and maintenance.

Park Hours

November-February                                8:00AM-5:30PM
March, April, September and October    8:00AM-7:30PM
May, June, July, August                          8:00AM-8:30PM

Fees
There is a $6.00 per vehicle (including bikes if you ride in) charge to enter the Beaverdam Recreation facility during certain dates.

Memorial Day to Labor Day: fee charged daily
April, May & September: fee charged only on weekends
October to March: no fee

A yearly pass may also be purchased good both Falls Lake SRA and Jordan Lake SRA. The price is set for the yearly pass at $50.00. Season Passes will be sold at the Park Office this year during the hours of 8-12 and 1-5pm Monday - Friday. The pass will get a vehicle into the day-use areas of Falls Lake SRA, Kerr Lake SRA, and Jordan Lake SRA.

Note that there are no longer any dates where the fee is charged before 5 PM, but not charged after 5 PM.

(NRMBA is working with the Division to come up with some kind of pass for volunteers based on the hours they work, but it might be a while before such an agreement comes through.)

Directions
The trails are at the Beaverdam State Recreation Area at Falls Lake State Park. To get there, go north on NC 50 (Creedmoor Road) in north Raleigh. Continue north past NC 98 and you will cross Falls Lake. The entrance is a mile ahead on the right. Go through the gatehouse and follow the signs.

Driving Directions via Yahoo

Rules of the Trail
1. All mountain bike trails and parking areas close 30 minutes prior to park gates. All trail users must be off the trails and out of the parking area by such time.
2. Trails are to be ridden in one direction as signed unless otherwise marked.
3. Help keep these trails open by riding only on open, marked trails and respecting the natural resources.
4. Riders must wear helmets.
5. Riders shall remain in control of their bikes at all times.
6. Report trail problems to Park Rangers.
7. Hikers are allowed on all trails but should use caution.
8. Misuse, vandalism, excessive use or use during wet weather will cause trail damage and will result in trail closures.
9. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

 

 

 

Night riding is available

Night riding is available at this trail on a restricted basis. All night rides must be approved by Park Staff and are generally an organized event coordinated between the park and cycling clubs. Stay tuned to this site for upcoming night rides. You must be out of the park by 8:30 PM for night rides, wear a helmet, and have a light system.


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Reviewed by:fathippo
Reviewed on:09/08/2014
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Really nice set of trails. Thanks to the people who have worked on these. Not highly technical but it has great flow and good climbs. Every time I have ridden here there have been very few other riders. Do be warned that the South Loop is almost a 10 mile commitment from the parking area. Just my opinion but I think a cut through on this loop would be helpful for those who need it.
Reviewed by:Hesston
Reviewed on:01/17/2014
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Reviewed by:Zomp
Reviewed on:01/05/2014
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Follow both outer and inner loops. Enjoy many hills, roots, whoops, and downhill riding - this is a great place to develop your skills and muscles - from a beginners perspective (me).

The "One Way" trails are perfectly marked and you will find your way in and your way out with ease.

I would like to mention that the outer loop is about 2 miles and once finished, you can then jump on the inner loop, which is about 1 mile. You will start and finish at the same trailhead either route you decide to take. I was hoping to complete the outer and then take the inner, but I was exhausted.


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Age 50
Riding a 26" Hard tail Airborne bike (soon to upgrade to a 29er)
Reviewed by:Miyata
Reviewed on:12/06/2013
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Rode this a few weeks ago and I was massively out of shape for the ride. The loops are a long commitment so be in shape and ride a good bike if you're going to undertake them. This is not a ride for the novice. I've done a lot of riding but have not done much in the recently. My legs simply gave out on the 8 mile loop.
Reviewed by:barnacle
Reviewed on:11/10/2013
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It works you without beating you up as much as new light. I've only rode the 3 and south loops. Seventy % of the ride I felt like I focused on things that were within 20 or 30 feet out, making this a tech ride. Great workout and skill builder.
Reviewed by:scoobycarolan
Reviewed on:09/14/2013
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I love this spot so much more than Crabtree or New Light. It's way more fun overall
Reviewed by:eddyward
Reviewed on:09/09/2013
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Rode this trail last winter, and was woefully under prepared in terms of nutrition. Still a great, very fun trail. It was probably a fast trail, I wouldn't know. I rode the outer loop, and the south loop. 10 miles in I bonked pretty hard. Lots of nice trails out there though. Hopefully I'll get out there and actually have some fun next time... and eat beforehand and during the ride.
Reviewed by:bigballstick
Reviewed on:08/07/2013
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I rode the outer loop and west loop. I felt the trail was great, however the exposed roots did kill a lot of momentum...especially going uphill...I felt the roots kept the flow of the trail away from its maximum potential...Down hill portions were fun even with the roots...
As I am new to the sport I will reassess as I get better.
I did not feel the climbs were not overly tough even with the roots.

Keep calm and ride on
Reviewed by:Aquajern
Reviewed on:06/30/2013
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Very long trail system when looking for a long ride. First time out I keep wondering when it would end. Drop zone is fun, lots of long climbs, some quick whoops, and fast descents. Some great views of the lake, makes you pine for a dip in the mid ride... Maintained well, clean, and well marked, maps on location. Only disappointment is the rather ridiculous amounts of times this pace remains closed, 1 rain drop equals 1week closed. Well seriously though we want to ride so give a little. Oh staff very friendly and helpful too. "New light next door if you want more"! Some trick spots like the downed tree you can attempt to ride long ways, like I said fun trail, but loooong.

Ps; there is a separate smaller loop, never rid it though.
Reviewed by:btex
Reviewed on:03/03/2013
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A good well maintained trail for riding a long distance and getting a good workout, but it leaves much to be desired for technical terrain. I found it to have some enjoyable sections, but overall is a little boring.

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