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Current Trail Status
|Status||When Updated||Who Updated||More Info||Help keep this info accurate by clicking the red bicycle|
|closed||02/18 12:27 pm||wolfpackash|
|Overall :||3.6 / 5.0 based on 55 votes|
|Technical :||2.2 / 5.0 based on 55 votes|
|Climbing :||1.8 / 5.0 based on 55 votes|
|Freeride :||2.1 / 5.0 based on 55 votes|
|Scenery/Wildlife :||3.7 / 5.0 based on 55 votes|
|Flow :||3.8 / 5.0 based on 47 votes|
Location: Southwestern Wake County
Skill Level: beginner to intermediate
Contact: Park office (919) 387-4342 (call to see if trail is open)
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
|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.|
Beginner, intermediate sections are a nice warm up. The section labeled advanced, is more of an intermediate section. Lots of small burms, good speed in both directions on most sides of the trail. I found the west side had the most roots and least amount of flow.N, S, E were very fast in both directions.
Definitely worth the trip out there. Scenic area up against the lake. Not much climbing. Signage was ok, but easy to navigate your location. Its looped in a way that makes it fairly easy to determine your location and direction with the few maps that are there.
|Really nice flow trail it is really fun to ride here ...|
|Significantly improved over the last few years. Faster and much less rooty.|
|Great beginner trail to ride, but it seems as if it is closed a lot. It has not rained in a week and it has been closed all week since the last rain. I don't get it. It was beautiful On Wednesday and it was closed. Anybody know why? That is the only knock I give this trail, is that is closes very easily and stays closed for an extended time.|
|I think these trails are a blast! Very well maintained, flows insanely well imo, great views, decent amount of trail options, good parking and restrooms, not crazy steep but I'm cool with that, no insane eye gouge trees, clean and wide down low to eliminate shark bites, berms are legit, fun bridges, and even a little skills park. Other than being a bit of a drive, I can't find too much wrong with this place. Definitely in my top 5.|
|Great, fun trail if you can catch a 10 day rain free period and they decide to open it.|
Harris was my inaugural trail in the Triangle, and is still a go-to for quick rides. It's a lot of flow and scenic riding through woods and on loops that are well maintained. The climbs are relatively short and don't involve anything terrible. The South Section, in particular, is very fast.
There are three areas, with a beginner trail offering a decent warm-up, and a root-heavy intermediate trail. Crossing the road that cuts through the park takes you to the advanced side, which is doable for anyone with riding experience. The hardest bits are a couple of deep troughs in the West and North sections, and there are a few skills sections with skinnies, a jump, etc. that bump the tech score up a hair.
Don't miss the interior loop- you'll see the entrance on the double track that cuts through the middle of the advanced sections, or you can catch it as you leave the West and come to the South section. The interior is basically a closed figure-8 that offers great flow on the back half.
The whole thing is about 7 miles of riding, so you'll need to repeat if you want a lengthier ride or tougher workout. The total elevation gain for circuit is usually something around 400 ft.