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Current Trail Status
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|Lower Trails||closed||06/14 2:54 pm||Eric CH|
Additional Information - Legend Park (lower trails)
Per Town (6/11), Trails closed for Const. https://www.townofclaytonnc.org/clayton-news.aspx
|Upper Trails||closed||09/24 10:21 pm||JB3|
Additional Information - Legend Park (upper trails)
Park behind the swimming pool at end of Ridgecrest and ride uppers only
|Overall :||3.7 / 5.0 based on 36 votes|
|Technical :||3.6 / 5.0 based on 36 votes|
|Climbing :||3.3 / 5.0 based on 36 votes|
|Freeride :||3.8 / 5.0 based on 36 votes|
|Scenery/Wildlife :||2.8 / 5.0 based on 36 votes|
|Flow :||2.6 / 5.0 based on 29 votes|
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.
Park Hours and Fees
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Rules, guidelines, and definitions for our TriangleMTB.com trail reviews
|First time riding Legend and it was great! Lots of roots and rocks to challenge you and some decent climbs. Hucksville is a fun drop to get the blood flowing and the little jump lines are fun. I'll be back out here for sure!|
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|Legend Park reminds me of that high school friend that was not that popular, but was honest, reliable and helpful. This trail might not be as fancy and well maintained as crabtree or other trails in the area, but isn't mountain biking about that? This is the rawest, natural-like and demanding (cardio) trail you will find in the area, definitely not a place for beginners (You are required some basic skills so you can enjoy this trail at its highest level) you may feel frustrated if this trail is your first MTB experience. Now let's talk about the trail: This jewell is divided in two sections, upper trails and lower trails and each area has its own loops...In both areas you will find short but at the same time demanding climbs, fast rooty and rocky descents, berms, switchbacks, drops, roots, and more roots. Between the upper and lower trails there is a new jump line (dirt jumps for sloop style) with 3 or 4 jumps. By the way, that skills area from the pictures, does not exist anymore. Make sure ride the whole thing, you will find nice features all over the place.|
|I and a few others have busted our butts to get Legend in riding condition for the spring. I will work to get some updated pictures of the trail added to the trail page. Many of the wooden structures shown in the pictures online have been removed. The trails are mostly for intermediate level riders, though sections of the lowers are appropriate for beginners. These trails consist of many fall line routes, switchbacks, kickers, rocks, and large awesome roots.. how trails used to be! The trails have seen a lot of maintenance as of recent and more riders have been coming out. There is a new jump section and some new trails/reroutes of areas subject to flooding. Several of the bridges were repaired. Trail markers have been repaired/replaced. Overall, this is my favorite place to ride in the Triangle.|
|This page needs to be updated. I decided to check this trail out recently and was sorely disappointed. From what I can tell the park is no longer maintained as it once was. Most of the wooden features shown in the pictures no longer exist. Many of them were practice features outside of the trail which I think are all gone. Many are also features on the trail like bridges which are either gone or rotten and falling apart. The hucksville section of this trail is also in disrepair and quite dangerous to ride at the moment. The wooden extensions are falling and unsafe. The trees and plants have grown up around the trails to make them dangerous. One thing is the wooden berm at the bottom of the hucks seems to still be in decent shape! Overall this place has a lot of potential. One of the only trails in the area which could make it a destination for people east of Raleigh who don't want to deal with the traffic of getting to the other popular trails. Hopefully I just went at a bad time and the trail will soon return to its former glory.|
Fun trails. Wish they were maintained a little better. Trails are not marked marked very well so it is challenging to find a loop without someone to show you the way.
On the "Upper" section there is some moderate climbs. I consider myself an intermediate rider and was able to ride the more difficult sections without overly exerting myself.
Hucksville is cool if you have never had a chance to get much air. Nice drops here and it is close to the parking lot in case you destroy yourself.
The "Lower" section had a couple rock gardens but nothing significant enough to require a lot of effort. This section is considerably flatter and much more suited for beginners than the Upper.
If you live close to Clayton then you should check it out. I live in southwest Raleigh and probably will not drive the 20-25 minutes out there again. Don't get me wrong, I had fun, but I was expecting more from what everyone I have spoken to has told me about this park. A little underwhelmed...
This trail has gone downhill due to lack of maintenance. It is nice to have a trail in your town so I enjoy riding it anyways.
Big thanks to whoever added the couple of jumps and the berm on the upper trail!
|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|
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!
|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.|