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Overall :   3.7 / 5.0   based on 29 votes
Technical :   3.7 / 5.0   based on 29 votes
Climbing :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 29 votes
Freeride :   4.0 / 5.0   based on 29 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   2.8 / 5.0   based on 29 votes
Flow :   2.6 / 5.0   based on 22 votes

Description
Location: Clayton
Miles: ~ 6
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced. A little bit of everything here. Freeriders take note. Hucksville is located here. A skills area has been set up near the parking lot. It has several skinnies, drops and jumps of varying difficulty.

Map
Park Hours and Fees
Directions
Rules of the trail

The trails are inside the Town's Legend Park. The property is bordered by a creek and a jeep trail. The trail starts at the corner of a ballfield and takes you along the creek. Fun stuff along the way includes rock gardens, boulders, jumps, and bridges. The trails are multi-directional and offer lots of choices for your route. This trail has a little bit of everything. The trail by the creek is absolutely beautiful.


Park Hours and Fees
No fees. The park is owned by the Town of Clayton. Park is open from 8 AM to 11 PM.

Directions
From Raleigh, take I-440 to I-40(South or East) towards Benson, Wilmington. Take US 70 east towards Goldsboro, Atlantic Beach. Go into Clayton and go to second stop light. Turn left onto Robertson Street (McDonalds is on corner) and take Robertson until it deadends. Turn left onto Stallings Street, and take second right onto City Road. Legend Park will be about 1/4 mile on your right. Look for a kiosk in parking lot, it will tell you how to get on the trails.

Driving Directions via Yahoo

Rules of the Trail
The trail rules are posted at the trailhead and, yes, you can bring your well-mannered dog with you.






Night riding is allowed on this trail. Please be off the trail when the park closes at 11 PM each night.

 

Trail Descriptions

THE "SKILLS ZONE"
Beginners and expert riders alike are trying their luck at the new skills area located in the parking lot behind the kiosk. Phase I of this area includes 2 skinnies, one at 8" and one at 12" wide . While both are of a reasonable height, each one possesses it's own challenges. Also found in this area is a 3 prong jump/drop stunt ranging from 1.5' to 3.5' high. This solidly built stunt will inspire confidence and have you flying in no time. Phase II includes a zig zag skinny, and three jumps to hone your skills on. (see pics below)

Main Trail starts at the kiosk, located at the lower half of the parking lot. This trail will
give riders access to every trail and blast you through the "ravine" and take
you by "Hucksville".


Hucksville is home to some of the biggest and coolest hucks/drop around. We have multiple
drops/jumps for the extreme riders to try. There is a gap jump, gulley drop, the
original drop or huck(your choice) and the Fatire drop. To total, there are five options
for defying gravity. Good luck!


Allen's Trail is the first loop off of the Main Trail. This is a "difficult" rated trail with lots
of short ups and downs and serves as a great warm-up for the advanced rider.
The "Clayton Shore" is at the outer most bend and gives daring riders over
150' of elevated stunts to try their luck on.


Short Loop/Long Loop are the original trails in this system. Low land riding along the
Sims Creek, several boardwalk section and a couple of climbs
to keep you honest. Trail features technical rock garden, multiple
log stacks and various rock obstacles for play spots on these loops.
All of the above mentioned trails and considered to be the "lower trails".
Trail rating is "easy" to "moderate".

Harvey's Pond is the first trail in the group of trails, know as the "upper trails". The loop rides
along Harvey's Pond and serves as a climb reliever to the "ravine".
Trail rating is "moderate".

Little-Big Horn is located at the southern most end of the Main Trail. Trail features lots of
rolling single track with log stack and a bare-back log ride.
Trail rating is "moderate".


Larry's Loop is located at the outer most point of Little-Big Horn and is also at he highest
point of all the trails. This is the other "difficult" rated trail and features off-
camber sections, narrow bridges and hard climbs to toughen the challenge.


Magnolias Run is the longest of all the upper trails and like Little-Big Horn was built to
be ridden from the top down. Trail features bench-cut contour riding, several fast
downhill sections and a double switchback climb. Trail rating is "moderate".
No trail has a mandatory direction, riders can ride any trail in any direction.


(L) 40 foot skinny located at Legend Park Allens Trail.

(R) Multiple locations for serious hucks. It's known as Hucksville. Rider is Matt S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photo by Larry Bailey

 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by:Dragon21
Reviewed on:06/14/2014
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When you arrive at the park. There are no signs letting you know where to go, or which trails are which, or even the difficulty of the trail you are about to ride. Trails are still easy enough to find, just head for the woods. Trails could definatly use some maintenance (especially the man made features). The only markings I could find were a few orange or yellow markings along the trails. Even with those markings, the trails branch off so much it's very easy to end up on a different trail and not know it. After exploring these trails, I would recomend if you haven't been here, ride them with someone who knows them. Beware of trail dangers until the trail has been fixed, I found multiple areas with broken glass, vines hanging across the trail, and even a metal sign post sticking out of the ground. I'm sure the trail is good if you know where to ride, if you don't, be careful
Reviewed by:hey, wait up!
Reviewed on:09/09/2013
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Overall a fun trail. I felt it was lacking in flow, but feel this is in large part due to the amount of trail in a tight space.
Much more technical that i thought it would be, i could say the same for the climbs.
The skills area is neat, but could use some new lumber, same for most of the skinnys and bridges.
fun trail, but needs some TLC to justify the 3o min drive from Raleigh.
Shout out to Rhett for the tour!
Reviewed by:paulfrance
Reviewed on:08/17/2013
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well i have rode this trail almost everyday because i live very close to it, i can say the trails has seen better days but it is still a great trail to ride.the huckvill is still there and i ride it alot and also keep up with it and alot of the trees that fell across the trail that couldn't have a log jam put over it were removed and the rock garden is still very difficult with different paths through it. alot of the wooden features that were built by the city of clayton have either been removed or have rotted away, but alot of riders even myself have helped rebuild the trails. there is a new trail being built beside the big ravine drop and i can say this hill is smoother but is also steeper and dangerous so freeriders are welcome. some other features that have been replaced is some bridges and alot of trees and roots have been removed and there is alot more to be removed. i plan to smooth out some of the log jams and to rebuild most of the jumps and ramps that have fallen apart over the years. its just me and my friend working on the trails and some other riders that i don't know of. soon to be more on the trails as colder weather comes.
Reviewed by:Aquajern
Reviewed on:06/30/2013
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Closest thing in triangle that might resemble a mountain trail. The upper section has many loops and all are truly suburb. The initial descent to the loops makes for a fun gut lifting moment. Lots of jumps, potential for jumps, fast descents, skinnies, drops, whoops, climbs, switchbacks ( some tight), rock garden, Hucksville, danger, more jumps, and playground before trail entrance... Need I say more! The lower section is ok, but I usually opt for the upper sections. Beware, rain will make lower section a nightmare of mud and slippage, but the upper usually is still rideable. Love this trail system. Top ten rides for me... Would like to see future loops added?
Reviewed by:Kfun
Reviewed on:01/24/2013
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I just got back from riding at Legend Park. I didn't know what I was getting into due to the last rating was from 2/13/2012. It was about a 30 minute drive for me. I thought it was a lot of fun!! There were some great features that were ride-able, but a lot that could use some repairs. The skills area would be more fun on a full suspension bike and with some repairs on the ride-ons, but it was fun! The trails were rooty, hilly, but fun! Every log-over had an alternative route. A lot of the ride-ons were well built and stable but are risky. Overall, I would ride it again in warmer, dryer weather.

I am planning on bringing some tools and hardware in the spring to make it better and have more flowing features.

Kyle
Reviewed by:tfl2u2
Reviewed on:02/13/2012
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I went to legend a few days ago and to my surprise there was some new trail construction going on. People have been building what looks to be a wall ride and a new jump line near hucksville that if finished would be really fun. Besides this, the trail seems to be in pretty good shape with no major problems or faults within the trail. This is the best trail iv'e found near me and it keeps me coming back for more. The trail really has everything to offer form great climbs to fast descents which is one of the reasons I rated it so highly. Also, I gave the trail 5 stars for freeride due to hucksville and all of the skinnies that have been built over the years. For me, huckville is what really makes the trail so great. The biggest drop there is probably around 15 feet tall and is pretty big even for the veteran rider.
Reviewed by:sethbotwick
Reviewed on:01/29/2012
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Tried this trail for a change and found myself wishing I had gone to San Lee, Umstead, or Beaverdam. Posting the physical adress as 505 City rd, would help for those of us that use GPS.
Reviewed by:gbass82
Reviewed on:07/21/2011
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I have recently tried out the trails at legend park. during my first visit, It was difficult to determine where I was at on the trail but after a couple of trips, it was no problem.The trails are neat and clean and has a little of everything for every rider. I first tried out both upper and lower trails. both are really fun and enjoyable. I feel that the trails could be marked a little better to help you know where you are (especially for first time visitors). Also, the training area (skills zone near parking lot)needs some repair. Overall, these are fun trails. I especially like the short loop/long loop. These trails have a nice balance. I continue to go to legend park and I have a blast each and every time. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by:mlin32
Reviewed on:06/05/2011
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I rode this trail yesterday and found it better than expected given the negative press about conditions. The flow could be a bit better and there are a few places where some branches could be trimmed, but it's not all that bad. I really enjoyed the Upper trails portion, especially Larry's loop; plenty of opportunity to gain speed on the downhills and carry it through the next uphill. The most fun I've had so far in my limited time in the Triangle area; more fun than Crabtree in some respects. I haven't tried the stunts on Allen's Trail but will give it a shot next time.
Reviewed by:Jaydog4571
Reviewed on:05/16/2011
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Legend park is a great place for a mountain bike trail system. The existing trails however are not in great shape and are in desperate need of maintenance. The terrain and elevation changes throughout this park are ideal for a great flowing course, but the existing trails were laid out in such a way as to not flow very well. Couple this with extreme lack of maintenance and some portions are not rideable. This park has the potential to be the best in the area. The town of Clayton should invest in these trails or TMB or TORC should get involved with new trail construction and or maintenance. Why should Johnston county residents have to drive 20 miles to ride decent trails in another county?

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