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Garner Recreation Park

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Overall :   3.8 / 5.0   based on 26 votes
Technical :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 26 votes
Climbing :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 26 votes
Freeride :   2.1 / 5.0   based on 26 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   2.8 / 5.0   based on 26 votes
Flow :   2.9 / 5.0   based on 15 votes

Description: 5 tight and twisty miles tucked in behind Garner Recreation Park. Spend some time exploring, it's worth it! A few technical areas and a big whoop de doo pit. Ride it backwards and forwards for a longer ride.

News! 1/13/2005
Just and update on the Garner trails, the new stuff is finished. Two new loops adding almost two miles to the trails. All the new stuff runs off to the right of the bridge at the creek down the old trail that used to deadend. One trail follows the creek and goes up behind the school playground. The other loop goes across the creek and ends back where you started at the blue trail.


Location: Garner
Miles: 5
Skill Level: Intermediate

Park Hours and Fees
No fee, hours from dawn to dusk.
Directions

From Raleigh take Highway 70 east to Garner, exit at Vandora Springs Road exit, turn left, go across the railroad tracks turn right, follow this about two miles to you see the old train depot on the right, just past the depot you will see Garner Recreation Park entrance on the left, turn in there and go all the way to the bottom of the parking lot. The trail head will be on the right over the bridge.

Driving Directions via Yahoo

Rules of the Trail
1) Trails closed when wet.

2) Trails close 1/2 hour before park closes.

3) Helmets required.

4) Don't litter.








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Garner Rec Park trail has been reviewed 26 times by our trianglemtb.com guests.

Reviewed by:tjbelge
Reviewed on:05/03/2014
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Reviewed by:Aquajern
Reviewed on:06/30/2013
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The harder stuff lies beyond the park boundaries, I assume these are either illegal trail systems or just plan hard to find. You can get lost going in circles here, many connectors and forks at every turn. Spent more time deciding where to go and how to get back. Once you get a idea of the area though there is some good potential for fun. Some whoops, climbs, creek crossings, flows at back end well. I still don't think I ridden it all yet... Worth it if your in the area, but would be nice if it was more organized and maintained. Lots of dog walkers near beginning of trail system.
Reviewed by:TonyOhh
Reviewed on:11/24/2012
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I think a bad sign of a not so good trail is it being covered with leaves or looking like nobody rides it. I went out there yesterday from Raleigh and probably won't return. Although the trees are clearly marked with paint the trail isn't very organized. If you like a ton of tight lines and no flow go here. Not to mention I ran over dog poop...Not that fun of a ride for me
Reviewed by:jm2e
Reviewed on:06/19/2011
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As mentioned by others, had a little difficulty finding the park as is not prominently marked. Trailhead is obvious once you're in the right parking lot.
The first section of trail (from the trailhead bridge to the "other bridge") seems to be a complete cluster of connector trails with a fork in the road about every 50 feet. Virtually every tree on every connector seems to have paint on it. Once you get to the trails beyond the "other bridge" things improve a little but trail markings dissapear altogether. As far as I can tell, the only good plan here is to give yourself a couple of hours to ride around in circles until you have a general sense of the place. Maybe after a half dozen days like this you could start riding fast with a particular plan.
There are countless ride around sneaks at even the mildest obstacles, which might be nice for accomodating varrying skills, but they add to the confusion making you think you're at yet another fork in the road.
This trail can be fun to ride and has a lot of potential. I'm surprised that with an organised biking community it's not marked better.
Reviewed by:Bright_Light
Reviewed on:03/14/2011
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Where to I start?
First off with the negative:
- Very poor markings for which trail you are on. They have Red, Blue, and Green. It's just paint smeared on some trees. I planned on doing all three but ended up just riding till I had enough. There were plenty of times there was a fork coming up and I had no clue which way to go. If you get lost, good luck finding which way is which.

- Quite a few things like dips, quick turns, big logs, and low tree limbs have a way of coming up with no real idea they are there or coming up until you've hit them. Pay attention!

- I read somewhere someone said that they felt all alone out there. Like it was in the middle of no where and they were at peace with nature... Totally the opposite! Haha, every time I thought I was almost away from civilization, I saw a baseball field, the road, a townhouse, a shelter, power unit, etc.


Positives:
- Nice slopes, quick turns, tight lanes.
- Plenty of ride arounds for those not confident with their riding skill.
- There is another trail that starts inside this one. You'll see a sign that says " Town Trail ends here. Town is not responsible or liable for damage" ETC. Or maybe it's still apart of it but town doesn't keep it up? I don't know but that was fun =)


All and all I will return to this trail and ride it over and over for the next week or two. I say everyone should take the time to ride this trail.

P.S - Be careful on the steepest climb prob close to middle of the overall trail. There is a steep and root filled downhill after the crest. Either keep going and don't stop or walk down it. DO NOT attempt to walk down a little of it and then start riding.
Reviewed by:BigginStampede
Reviewed on:04/08/2010
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Decent trail. Some pretty steep uphills if you are a beginner. Dont know if it is worth the drive from Raleigh. Just my opinion.
Reviewed by:ncmtb
Reviewed on:04/02/2010
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Nice trail, but not easy to navigate. I soon found out there are alot of out and back loops off one or two main trails. Being from Wilmington (flat land) there is plenty of elevation changes and some pretty technical climbs and drops. There are some real fun creek crossings along the way (one of which I didn't even try). The builders of this trail did a good job, now they just need to mark it!
Reviewed by:Surferned
Reviewed on:03/16/2010
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Reviewed by:slirty
Reviewed on:03/08/2010
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Reviewed by:tchrist41
Reviewed on:03/01/2010
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The directions to here are confusing but overall, a nice ride with a little bit of everything for all riding types. Flow is good in some sections but bad in others. Also, the trails are marked very poorly, sone not at all and features like the stream crossing are not marked and can come up on you fast.

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