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Overall :   3.5 / 5.0   based on 34 votes
Technical :   3.2 / 5.0   based on 34 votes
Climbing :   1.9 / 5.0   based on 34 votes
Freeride :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 34 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   2.5 / 5.0   based on 34 votes
Flow :   3.0 / 5.0   based on 34 votes

Description
Location: Just off 15-501 half way between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, west of Raleigh about 15 miles
Miles: 8-9
Skill Level: Intermediate (some advanced)

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Rules of the Trail

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 34 times by our trianglemtb.com guests.

Reviewed by:Awalters
Reviewed on:03/24/2020
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Tight technical single track. It took me multiple trips to find the flow in some sections but once I figured it out even the technical parts had a good flow to them.

Herndon loop takes a few days to dry out completely after the rain but it a great loop with berms and lots of jumps to session for hours.
Reviewed by:edp81
Reviewed on:11/17/2019
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Fun w/ lots of rocks. A little weird riding in a subdivision but would love to have a trail that close to my house!
Reviewed by:SnowTrailsSurf
Reviewed on:09/29/2019
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Skills area jumps are fun. Herndon Loop was fun and flowy.
Reviewed by:PlayWithGravity
Reviewed on:12/24/2018
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Rode it this summer and don’t remember the rocks and signage both being so horrible. Omg.
Reviewed by:canyoneagle
Reviewed on:12/02/2018
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Great trails overall, in the midst of a residential development.
Skills area is very nice for those so inclined.
Nice mix of tight singletrack and rocky/rooty sections for technical skills. Mellow topography offers some hills, but nothing sustained.
Night riding is a real bonus.
More technical than Brumley Forest - much tighter singletrack with more technical sections.
Trails tend to stay fairly wet after rain.
Overall, this is a really nice trail system.
Reviewed by:snarfmasterX
Reviewed on:09/09/2018
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I’d say about 25% of this trail is Rick gardens and roots. Zero flow to be found here. Are you a trials guy? This place is for you. Looking for a swoopy flow trail? Go back to lake Harris. Nice skills area, but the rocks. Good lord. Maybe I’m just not good enough to enjoy this kind of trail.
Reviewed by:Todd
Reviewed on:05/07/2018
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I rode the Skills Area (then the pump-worthy Herndon Loop) for the first time yesterday. What a blast!
Very professional design and solidly built. Everything is new and in great shape. Kudos to TORC!
Definitely worth the drive to session for hours if you like jumps, drops, skinnies and elevated bridges.
Basically a 30 second pump run followed by a 90 second easy pedal back to the start
(not steep, but soft mulch path back up).
The only suggestion for improvement would be a pair of big wall rides at the
end of the last berms to avoid braking and carry momentum back upward.
I'm ready to help build them.
Note: I've not ridden the rest of the trail system.
Look carefully on the right as you drive in to spot the Skills Area (small berms are visible from the road).
Reviewed by:CameronH
Reviewed on:04/15/2018
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First time riding it today. General markers where few and far between, but when they were there I was very thankful.
This single loop is part of an upper-class neighborhood and thus scenery is all but lost with overflow ponds, a middle school, and housing construction. I did enjoy the trails when they were more secluded.
The trails were very much single track and in parts you will brush up on thorns if you go in warmer seasons and thus don't leave much room to make your own path.
Flow was all but lost and the trails were primarily dominated but rather difficult rock gardens that would be better suited for a high BB and a full suspension.
As this was a neighborhood trail, there were no major climbs or descents and was primarily a mix of ups and downs with no true flow but lots of technical sections.

Personally, the trail itself (I wasn't able to find the jump area) was by far not worth the 40 min drive and even felt awkward with it being part of a neighborhood.
Reviewed by:Zilla
Reviewed on:03/23/2018
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First off, thanks for the folks who build biking trails in the area.

I like mountain biking because of the serenity of being out in the woods. It gives me the feeling of being away from it all. Since these trails were built around a neighborhood, I felt like I was in someone else's backyard almost all the whole time. As a matter of fact, I ended up in someone's backyard at one point. I never felt I was out in the woods. Also there was no flow to speak of, and the only technical parts were the rock gardens, which were cool. I also got lost because the trails are poorly marked, especially when the trail ends on a paved road, there was no indication on where it picks up.

I rode these trails for the first time today, and probably will be the last. It wasn't worth the 20min drive from Cary.
Reviewed by:strobl
Reviewed on:09/14/2017
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**Fixing this- the climbing rating wasn't supposed to be a 5**

Having ridden Harris, Crabtree, Brumley, and Briar Chapel numerous times BC is my current favorite for a couple of reasons. First, if you do the entire trail system you can finish with 10 miles without repeating much. Second, there's a lot of variety and variability in the trails.

If you're an adrenaline junkie or an expert rider, you're probably better off elsewhere, like San Lee. But for intermediates or those who just enjoy a diverse ride, it's hard to beat this system.

The Herndon Loop has been recently upgraded to include some great jumps and berms. Ride it from the top to get the most out of it; take the double track opposite the Catullo Run parking area toward the main entrance to the neighborhood, and watch for the singletrack on your left. There are two entrances to Herndon up that way- take the second one (the one closer to the main entrance of BC), then enjoy the downhill. The lower part of Herndon is also enjoyable but with less action.

Going deeper into the neighborhood will bring you to Bennett Mountain, which means either a punchy climb on mulched doubletrack or a winding, rock-strewn singletrack with a few tight turns. The latter can be tricky in parts. The top of the "mountain" has a rock garden with some bridges and ramps if you want that. Going down the back side you can take the rocky singletrack or the mulched path again. The doubletrack has a nice little steeper downhill section that's fun to bomb in the right conditions. Bennett Mountain is what brings the overall tech score up, in my opinion.

Crossing a bridge takes you into the bulk of the singletrack, which features woods, grassy areas, a few tight turns and technical spots, and decent climbs. In all, I typically get just under 10 miles and just over 800 feet of elevation gain here, according to Strava, and that's much better cardio than I get from comparable distances at Harris, Crabtree, or Brumley. One last warning- if you park at Catullo and ride the neighborhood counterclockwise (i.e. starting north of Briar Chapel Pkwy) there is a big punchy climb at the end, regardless of which trail branch you take.

A nice side reward at the end of the ride is at Town Hall Burger and Beer, which sits at the edge of the neighborhood and can be reached via the nature trail system.

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