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Overall :   1.5 / 5.0   based on 2 votes
Technical :   2.5 / 5.0   based on 2 votes
Climbing :   2.0 / 5.0   based on 2 votes
Freeride :   1.0 / 5.0   based on 2 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.0 / 5.0   based on 2 votes
Flow :   1.0 / 5.0   based on 2 votes

Location: Just north of Lake Crabtree along Old Reedy Creek Road
Miles: 7
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Park Hours and Fees
Rules of the Trail

The famed bandit trail now made legal (albeit only part of the original). Wake County has leased the 286 tract from RDAA. The legal trail consists of the former 286 east section. 286 west will still be illegal to ride. Wake county has plans to rebuild and expand trails on this section of land.


Old Reedy Creek parking lot driving directions via Google

Park Hours
8am to sunset

Rules of the Trail

  1. All riders must wear a helmet.
  2. Respect the rights of all other trail users and obey park rules and regulations. Bikers must always yield to walkers.
  3. Plan Ahead.
  4. Ride only on officially marked trails.
  5. Keep your bike under control.
  6. Do not disturb or alarm wildlife.
  7. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  8. Leave no trace (don't litter).
  9. Set a good example and report violators/hazards.
  10. Allow time to finish outings before the park closes.
  11. Park management has requested that group rides park at the boat ramp parking area. This leaves ample parking for the users of the open play lot.

This trail is not open for night riding except under organized night ride events coordinated with cycling clubs and park staff. Stay tuned to this site for upcoming night rides.



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286 trail has been reviewed 2 times by our guests.

Reviewed by:murr
Reviewed on:05/31/2024
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This trail sucks now. Waste of money leasing this garbage. F RDU and their absurd parking lot. Building a parking deck would've saved nearly all the land that used to be part of 286.
Reviewed by:sbernarnd
Reviewed on:07/02/2023
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These 2 loops are ass kickers. Don't think that because you handle crabtree you will be able to do these no sweat. The climbs are rooty and rocky and the flow is almost non-existent. I like the challenge this trail throws at you but man it will make you work. Do NOT bring beginners here or they'll be walking most of the time!