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The Williamson Preserve

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Overall :   3.5 / 5.0   based on 20 votes
Technical :   1.1 / 5.0   based on 20 votes
Climbing :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 20 votes
Freeride :   1.4 / 5.0   based on 20 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   2.9 / 5.0   based on 20 votes
Flow :   3.9 / 5.0   based on 20 votes

Description
Location: 4409 Mial Plantation Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610
Also reachable from the Neuse River Greenway between mile markers 27 and 28.
Miles: 12
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Travel Direction: This trail is unidrectional by day. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday bikers turn left at all direction signs. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, bikers turn right at all direction signs.

Trail Map
Directions
Park Hours and Fees
Rules of the Trail

There are currently more than 13 miles of walking and biking trails on the property, with approximately 12 miles being multi-use singletrack. A series of 6 trails – Walnut Hill Way, Pine Warbler, Little Falls, Long Leaf, Salamander, and Magnolia Run take riders on a flowy, high speed adventure down to the Neuse River Connector and back. Riders can continue down the Neuse River Connector to the Neuse River Greenway.


The trails grow increasingly difficult as they get further from the Mial Plantation trailhead. The trails are built end-to-end, allowing riders a quicker exit, or a return visit to a previous trailhead. Each loop offers its own character and set of challenges to mountain bikers. Riders can expect to encounter the following: small rock gardens, boulders, gullies and stream crossings, berms, grade reversals, log crossings, small jumps, wood bridges, and more.


Directions
The official trailhead is located off the gravel section of Mial Plantation Road, between Major Slade and Smithfield Roads at 4409 Mial Plantation Rd. There is a small gravel lot for parking. Do not park on the road!! There are several kiosks with trail maps at the parking lot. A closed gate indicates the trail is closed for riding.

Overflow Parking

If the main parking lot is full, do not park on the dirt road!! Please park at 6090 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh NC 27610. From this lot, ride south along the Neuse River Greenway (turn left from the parking lot). The trail may be accessed between mile markers 27 and 28. Look for the information kiosk and gate. A closed gate indicates the trail is closed for riding.

Driving Directions via Google


Park Hours
Dawn to Dusk

Fees
No fee, but please consider donating or becoming a member of Triangle Land Conservancy.

Rules of the Trail

Prohibited Activities and Items:



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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Reviewed by:wolfie
Reviewed on:04/09/2022
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not technical but fun and nice change of pace
Reviewed by:Luv2Ride
Reviewed on:01/07/2022
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I've been riding road bikes for years and just got into MTB last year. This trail is close to where I live and it was a great trail to learn on. I don't have any trouble negotiating the loops even though I am a beginner. I do find some of the uphills troublesome since I've had two knee replacements and haven't gained all my strength back. It would be great if you would allow e-bikes on this trail.
Reviewed by:Bababooey
Reviewed on:12/15/2021
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Lot's of flow on this trail. I enjoy riding out here a lot. Great for beginners and for getting in some good mileage while having an enjoyable ride. The reward is the ride, and I always have a rewarding experience out here, whether it is getting my kids out for a lap, getting someone new into riding, or running solo for an endurance run at a high pace. For reference, I find greenway riding torturously boring, and my other favorite trails in the area are Forest Ridge, Crabtree, and Brumley Preserve.
Reviewed by:ezequiel
Reviewed on:11/29/2021
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I completely agree with the person that said this: " Probably one of the most boring trails I've ever ridden. It's just keeps going and going with little to no reward. Unless you live near Williamson Preserve, I wouldn't recommend it."

I decided to write this review to refer to the newest section of Williamson preserve, Magnolia Runs (4.5miles). It was said,(rumored) that this new section Trail builders would have the freedom to create a more fun and challenging trail for Mountain bikers, well, if you have ridden the original trail and didn't like it, don't waste your time or get too excited about this new section. It's almost 5 new miles of the same boring stuff. I honestly can't understand what's the purpose of this trail, it literally feels like riding in circles, 120 degree turns without berms, so many unnecessary turn without berms that only cut the little flow that you may carry, you don't need a mountain bike to ride this stuff, a gravel bike is more than enough, I would even say that a riding a greenway is a lot more fun that this. I understand people been happy to have more trails, but having more miles just because should not be the last purpose of a mtb trail, do laps if workout is what you want. I can't help to be upset seeing how an opportunity to build something amazing was completely wasted. good amount of elevation completely squandered.
Reviewed by:Tommy
Reviewed on:11/04/2021
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I noticed ebikes are not allowed at Williamsom Preserve and was wondering if the regulation could be modified to allow ebikes for ridders 70 and older, or to limit the power to bikes with less than 300 watts. I am 77 years old and use a low-powered bike and would love to be able to ride the trails.
Reviewed by:murr
Reviewed on:10/16/2021
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Probably one of the most boring trails I've ever ridden. It's just keeps going and going with little to no reward. Unless you live near Williamson Preserve, I wouldn't recommend it.
Reviewed by:chalupabatman
Reviewed on:04/27/2021
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I am a new mtb rider and find Williamson to be beautiful, mostly quiet and a very well rounded trail for anyone to get out of it what they want. I truly appreciate the one direction of travel and wish ALL trails would follow this. Most people on foot are respectful of those on wheels are yield. This trail is known for being very flowy and I'd say that I agree. I mainly wanted to write this review as a thanks to those that built the trail and preserved the land, making it available to those of us that use it for our pleasure.
Reviewed by:lucasd06
Reviewed on:01/26/2021
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Really smooth and flowy! Not challenging by any means. I took my father-in-law on his second mtb ride ever and we rode all 8 miles. This is an excellent location to sprint and build up fundamental skills. I'm looking forward to coming back and working on my speed. Another time I'll bring back my 6 year old for her first ride on a mtb trail!
Reviewed by:BanjoMTBer
Reviewed on:01/18/2021
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A great addition to the Triangle trail system! The trails are very smooth compared to others in the area. There's lots of short assents and descents. Having bikers all go one direction and walkers go the opposite helps with the flow very much. If you're a beginner, you'll like the smoother, non-technical nature of most of the course. If you're more advanced, the trail flows quite well, and you can gather a good bit of speed. I suggest going on one of the days where bikers stay left at the splits, as the trail flows the best in this direction from what I have experienced, although both are very pleasant.
Reviewed by:bholio
Reviewed on:10/31/2020
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Nice trail. Lots of opportunity to practice and improve your turning skills. Very twisty and windy, just at the edge of being too tight, but not too tight.

The kind of place you know you can go faster if you work on your turning technique, and go a bit outside your comfort zone in the many curves.

Extra tricky when the ground is covered with slippery pin needles.

Surface is very smooth, no roots. Few rocks. No tech obstacles excepts the turns and pine needles.

As a bonus, its close to Legend, so hit that when you are done here.

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