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Overall :   3.4 / 5.0   based on 18 votes
Technical :   2.9 / 5.0   based on 18 votes
Climbing :   1.7 / 5.0   based on 18 votes
Freeride :   1.8 / 5.0   based on 18 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   2.8 / 5.0   based on 18 votes
Flow :   3.1 / 5.0   based on 18 votes

Description
Location: Just off 15-501 half way between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, west of Raleigh about 15 miles
Miles: 5-6
Skill Level: Intermediate (some advanced)

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The Briar Chapel trails are still under construction but there is a decent loop at this time. The trails are mostly novice skill level without much climbing, but there are multiple sections of intermediate skill level and several rock gardens which will be difficult for just about anyone if the toughest line is chosen.

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Directions
If coming from the south, from the intersection of hwy 15-501 and hwy 64 just north of Pittsboro, take 15-501 north for about 6 miles. Briar Chapel Parkway is the first left past Jack Bennett Rd and is only about 0.2-0.3 miles past Jack Bennett. Take Briar Chapel Parkway as directed below:

If coming from the north, take hwy 15-501 south about 5.8 miles from the intersection of hwy 15-501 and hwy 54 to Briar Chapel Parkway which will be on the right. Take Briar Chapel Parkway as directed below:

If coming from the east, you have to get around Jordan Lake. Use the mapping source of your choice to find a route which best leads to the intersection of hwy 15-501 and Jack Bennett Rd and pick up Briar Chapel Parkway and then follow it as directed below:

Follow Briar Chapel Parkway about 1.7 miles to a traffic circle. On the opposite side of the circle on the right is the clubhouse and pool and there is plenty of parking here. Ride down Norwood Drive about 1000 feet and the trail will cross. The trail rides well in either direction.

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Hours and Fees
Free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Rules of the Trail

  1. Do not modify the trail. All work must be sanctioned by the land managers.
  2. All riders must wear a helmet.
  3. Keep your bike under control.
  4. Do not disturb or alarm wildlife.
  5. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  6. Leave no trace (don't litter).




This trail is open for night riding at any time.

 

 


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Briar Chapel trail has been reviewed 18 times by our trianglemtb.com guests.

Reviewed by:time2ride
Reviewed on:10/06/2013
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Rode this trail twice in the past few weeks. Great trail in my opinion. Good flow and some rocky sections. While there is a lack of trail markers, I had no problem completing the entire loop without any issues. There is only 1 section of trail that goes up by the school that doesn't loop and you just turn around. When you come to road crossings, you can easily find the trail connections on the opposite side. Its a good 30-40 minute drive from the triangle but worth checking out. I know I will go back again.
Reviewed by:Rocket
Reviewed on:09/29/2013
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Rode today and was disappointed by the lack of trail markers. As I arrived there was another rider that had just returned to the pool parking lot and said that after not being able to follow the trail, decided to just pedal back to the car and call it a day. I brushed this off and went about my ride. I wish I could say that they were blind and not able to see the trail markings. This is the poorest marked trail in the area. Now, there is a lot of construction around the trail and this may be the reason for the poor markings. Trail signs point you in a direction and then you find yourself crossing pavement with no further direction posts. At one point I followed a sign that pointed me up a mulch covered trail and ended on a street with what looked like a storage shed and could not find the trail.

Again, there is a lot of construction around the trail and this could be part of the problem. On the positive the trail did have some good rock garden areas and found them fun. A single track trial in a community setting is awesome. I did see people enjoying the hiking trails as well.

I agree with others that this trail is poorly marked. I rode it two years ago with a group, and had no problems as they knew the trail. Even if it's a 2x4 with a laminated sign pointing you in the direction of the trail, that would be very helpful.
Reviewed by:David H
Reviewed on:07/10/2013
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Concerning the previous user's review and their personal opinion aside, I wanted to make sure correct information is being publicized:

We only lost the double track and that was never permanent and we all knew it. All trail has been connected and is running. More trail is continually getting built. The trails no longer connect to the old double track as this time. The trail up hill to the school will eventually have a paved connector through development to complete the downhill loop. Right now we are workingplanning for the next mile of trail to be contracted. 7 miles now and soon to be 8.
Reviewed by:Dresden
Reviewed on:06/17/2013
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there is no trail anymore..over 1/2 the trail is gone..there is a little bit of the trail there but you are basically riding behind peoples homes..alot of the homes now back up next to the trail..do not waste your time driving over there...the trail that was there is now been bulldozed for cookie cutter homes...its a shame too..that was a fun place to ride.
Reviewed by:TonyOhh
Reviewed on:11/23/2012
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Great trail. Not sure if it was just me but at the point on the trail when you get to the school it seems like the single track blended in with the jeep trails, slightly confusing for the amateur but very enjoyable trail overall
Reviewed by:ottter1833
Reviewed on:11/06/2012
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First the directions: getting to the neighborhood was no problem but I spent 30 min. driving around looking for "Norwood". There is NO such road. Actually, it's called "Great Ridge" but has no road sign until you get 25 yds. down to the first cross street. Great Ridge is basically the first road on the right after you get into the traffic circle. I parked at the swimming pool/clubhouse parking lot which is at 1600 Briar Chapel Parkway. Rode down Great Ridge for 0.2 mile and found the trail intersecting the road where the pavement turns to gravel.
The rock gardens were as challenging as described.
This whole loop is POORLY MARKED!!!! Several times I had to STOP and decide which way to go at a fork or T intersection. I ended up getting spit out of the loop near the dog park and just gave up. I peddled my mountain bike though the neighborhood streets up to the traffic circle and to my truck so I could get the heck out of there.
SUGGESTION: Have some kind of fund-raising ride there so that signs or paint can be purchased! I used to do lots of charity rides as a Roadie and know this can be done.
I'll stick with LCCP or Harris until then.
Reviewed by:Stellavator
Reviewed on:08/05/2012
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A very nice trail with great flow in the CW direction. The distance is closer to 4.8 miles by my GPS.
Reviewed by:philbert919
Reviewed on:06/03/2012
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Really enjoyed the trail, rode BC clock wise. There is enough flat trail to lull you to relax then turn a corner and there is an interesting challenge from rocks to rooty rocky climbs. Choose the right line and no problem, choose the wrong one and your stopped in your tracks :)

Very fun trail!
Reviewed by:klingeborn
Reviewed on:05/15/2012
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First time out here. Pretty entertaining trail. I would suggest that the directions to find the trail are tweaked a bit as I had problems finding it. I could not find a 'Norwood Drive', so I think it would be better to describe it as: 'Ride north approx. 1,000 ft on Great Ridge Parkway and the trail will cross where the pavement turns into a gravel road.'

Thanks for running the site! Keep up the good work.
Reviewed by:mkeeney
Reviewed on:04/29/2012
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I had ridden this trail a year ago but was with a bunch of kids and we did not ride the whole thing. Got out there with a buddy today and had a blast. Good flow with plenty of opportunities for the experienced rider to challenge themselves while newbies can hone the necessary skills of riding roots, rocks, and hardpack in a diverse neighborhood setting. Kudos to the builders for tying in the outdoors with their "urban sprawl". Kids growing up in Briar Chapel (as well as adults) have a great resource in their backyards!

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