Your source for Mountain Biking in the Triangle
|Overall :||3.7 / 5.0 based on 62 votes|
|Technical :||2.3 / 5.0 based on 62 votes|
|Climbing :||1.9 / 5.0 based on 62 votes|
|Freeride :||2.2 / 5.0 based on 62 votes|
|Scenery/Wildlife :||3.7 / 5.0 based on 62 votes|
|Flow :||3.9 / 5.0 based on 54 votes|
Location: Southwestern Wake County
Skill Level: beginner to intermediate
Contact: Park office (919) 387-4342
Park Hours and Fees
Rules of the Trail
Like Lake Crabtree Park,
Harris Lake's mountain bike trails are close to a lake,
made up of several loops that connect to a main trail,
and are managed by Wake County Parks. The breeze coming
across the water can be quite refreshing on a hot summer
day! The major loops here are signed as
"beginner", "intermediate" and
"advanced", and can be enjoyed by all skill
levels. A few optional "double black diamond"
loops have been added near the advanced section. This
trail has something for everyone, from the "just got
my first off-road bike" beginner to the more
seasoned rider, and all obstacles have optional
ride-arounds so that beginners and veterans can enjoy the
trails together. In short, this is just a good set of
single-track trails. Currently there is approximately 8
miles of bicycling trails.
The park is located in a flatter part of Wake County so there aren't as many long or steep hills as some other trails, but rest assured, the available terrain has been used wisely. There are several log crossings, a couple of whoopdee-doo sections and a few small bridges on the trail.
Harris Lake County Park also has full amenities such as restrooms, picnic shelters, play areas, Frisbee golf, fishing locations and canoe rentals.
Check the Events calendar for upcoming races and trail workdays at Harris Lake County Park.
Park Hours and Fees
8:00 am to sunset, seven days a week. Hours are posted at the gate, and on the phone answering system. The park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Access to the park is free.
From Raleigh: Take 440 to US 1 South. Take US 1 12 miles from beltline to exit 89. Take a left and go about 2 miles to the park entrance. Go to the back of the park and turn left into the parking area. The trailhead is labeled "Hog Run Trail".
From Durham/Ch. Hill: Take 751 past New
Hill and over US 1 (Note: road changes name a few times,
just keep on keepin' on). After
crossing over US 1 go about 2 miles to the park entrance. Go to the back of the park and turn left into the parking area. The trailhead
is labeled "Hog Run Trail".
Rules of the trails
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.
Rules, guidelines, and definitions for our TriangleMTB.com trail reviews
|Best trails really close to the triangle|
|One of the older county parks trails so trail surface is packed pretty well. The blue and yellow trails are good for beginners or warm up. The main trails across the road are long and have pretty good flow. You can easily by-pass some of the few really technical parts of the loop. Fun to see the lake on many parts of the loops. I ride it ok on a hard tail bike (front shocks only). I live in downtown Raleigh and it takes me about 25 minutes to drive out to trail but usually can combine with errand at Crossroads shopping center.|
|A very fun set of trails! The beginner and intermediate sections are great for new and occasional riders, and the advanced sections are pleasantly hilly and have a variety of bumpy and smooth terrain. The flow trail is also very fun!|
Love riding these trails but would wish that PEOPLE would respect the Close/Open, main reason these trails are still close is due to some riders not respecting the trails condition, they're riding the trails when they are close and it causes the trails to dry out slower so if anybody sees some of these disrespectful riders, please make them aware that they are damaging the trails and are making us riders that do respect the trails not to be able to ride them.
New to MTB. But long time rider, MX. I have ridden Crabtree several times and this is head and shoulders above Crabtree. I love the flow or pump track with the table tops and double jumps. They actually throw you up and you feel like you are actually catching air.
Plenty of trails that can be ridden at good speed. The technical stuff is also challenging. Seems like everything your'e looking for in a MTB trail.
Call before you haul. I failed to do so the other day and drove 45 mints to find closed trails.
|Harris is a blast. The lines in the double black section are awesome, I could spend hours there on the rock drop, roots and fast descents. The flow track is good but if you get out of sync it’s tough to get back in rhythm. It’s pretty flat but the trails are smooth and really fast to keeping speed is easy. Skills area is fun with a couple of good jumps.|
|I wish these trails are a little closer to home (Cary) or I'd ride them more. This is like a little more advanced version of Lake Crabtree, which is my go-to trail since it's near home and work. The beginner+intermediate sections give a nice warm up. The advance sections just has longer hills and rootier sections, but nothing ultra-technical that anyone with intermediate skills can't ride. The double-black sections just has some high whoop-de-do's and longer down hills, but nothing too gnarly. All sections give a nice view of the lake.|
|awesome place to ride...i would definitely take a beginner there to learn has simple flow..only one down side is this place takes minimum of 5 days to reopen after more than a half inch of rain..if we ever go into a drought this is the place to ride!|
|This is the perfect trail when you don't feel like worrying about the perfect line and you just want to ride and enjoy going fast in the woods. There is little to no difficulty on most of the trails for anyone who has decent riding skills. You can add some difficulty if you want with several gaps and jumps but you can also just roll them and keep going. This park was very well constructed and major kuddos to TORC for making these trails as fun and rideable as they are.|
|I'm a Crabtree kind of guy- I love the swoopy banked turns and fast downhill singletrack that they have there. Lake Harris has lots of that- even more than Crabtree has. There's a new "flow trail" thats like a giant pump track with short jumps that must be navigated to maintain your speed. I found it to be confidence-building because you really have to hit it hard to ride it correctly. This or Brumley is where I'd take a beginner friend. If ridden at a faster pace, this trail can be as challenging as you like. There's little elevation change overall. My favorite in the triangle area for sure.|