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Overall :   4.3 / 5.0   based on 15 votes
Technical :   1.5 / 5.0   based on 15 votes
Climbing :   1.4 / 5.0   based on 15 votes
Freeride :   1.7 / 5.0   based on 15 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.9 / 5.0   based on 15 votes
Flow :   4.3 / 5.0   based on 15 votes

Description
Location: North of Johnston Mill Nature Preserve and east of Duke Forest, between Durham and Hillsborough
Miles: 9
Skill Level: Beginner

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Directions

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Park Hours and Fees
Dawn to dusk, seven days a week. There is no fee.

Rules of the Trail

  1. All riders must wear a helmet.
  2. Respect the rights of all other trail users and obey park rules and regulations. Bikers must always yield to walkers.
  3. Plan Ahead.
  4. Ride only on officially marked trails.
  5. Keep your bike under control.
  6. Do not disturb or alarm wildlife.
  7. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  8. Leave no trace (don't litter).
  9. Set a good example and report violators/hazards.
  10. Allow time to finish outings before the park closes.
  11. Park management has requested that group rides park at the boat ramp parking area. This leaves ample parking for the users of the open play lot.




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.

 

 


Review Brumley Forest trail

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Brumley Forest trail has been reviewed 15 times by our trianglemtb.com guests.

Reviewed by:advcyclist
Reviewed on:08/08/2017
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Brumley is the Autobahn of local singletrack. Everything connects well... (once you understand their signage), and you can easily stay out to do multiple loops without having to circle back to the parking lot.

There's not a lot of elevation, but where there are some short climbs, there is usually a section leading into it that will allow you to carry momentum through... if you have the technical chops. Many of these are in off-camber sections that will push you to improve your handling skills; IOW, the trail leading into the climb might hug the profile of a curved hill, but the trail surface tends to be directed downhill, rather than up. This downward angle, when hit at speed, will upset the bike's stability and cause you to move the bike around to keep it on the ride line to maintain your speed/pace.

The rock gardens here are chunky and full of scree... hit them wrong and your ront tire can be re-directed to a point not on the trail. Be mindful of loose rocks, and hitting them fast.

The fun sections on the orange outer loop are a blast. They reward good line choice, carrying momentum, and pumping the bars to ride it like a BMX track. There are some errant roots and rocks out there, so watch your speed and line, as the bike can get loose really quickly if you aren't paying close attention.

There is a little something for everyone in Brumley. It's a perfect destination for skills-improvement or honing a little speed to a razor's edge. The trails reward good line choice, but will punish you for taking your eye off the trail when you slide out of the single track in a loose turn.

Air pressure is key on that hard-packed clay out in the forest... that stuff is like chunky concrete when dry and hardened. It will bounce a HT bike all over the place if you're pressures are too high.
Reviewed by:DoubleAz0r
Reviewed on:08/07/2017
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This is a gem of a trail. Not very technical (though enough to keep your interest), not many jumps, etc. The trail flows forever, with long fun and fast downhill sections followed by short, punchy climbs before getting right back into the action. I can't wait to go back.
Reviewed by:edoiron
Reviewed on:07/19/2017
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A fast, easy trail with amazing flow.
Reviewed by:fredder
Reviewed on:07/18/2017
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The faster you go the more fun it gets. Try to ride it in the blistering heat or between 5pm and 7pm to avoid the hikers.

Greasy rocks and roots from the morning dew will try to buck you into the woods if you're not careful, but that's part of the fun, right?

Thank you for this great resource, TLC!
Reviewed by:Jarz
Reviewed on:07/16/2017
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Fast, float, and fun!
Reviewed by:Birdman
Reviewed on:07/06/2017
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I was lucky enough to ride this trail on July 4th, so it was not crowded at all. Great trail overall, well planned and executed, with good sightlines through the turns. Excellent flow, nice technical sections connected with wide groomed trails for the most part. I generally like narrower trails, but I understand it gets very busy after work and weekends, so a wide trail is a good thing for heavier traffic. Not a lot of climbing, but the trailbuilders made the most of the terrain and created a real gem for MTBers in the Hillsborough area. I live only 7 miles away, so I hope to be hitting this trail often. Basically a fun-to-ride trail that is not intimidating to newer riders, yet is still fun to ride fast for experienced MTBers. Bravo TLC!
Reviewed by:TheLastAidStation
Reviewed on:06/20/2017
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Very flat and fast with some flowy roller coaster stuff in the middle of the Brumley Loop. Super wide and for the most part hard pack. There are a couple rocky areas, but not technical in the least. Great use of the terrain by the trail builders to make it interesting. It should be noted that there are not bathroom facilities or water on site so make sure you are prepared. The big loop can be ridden in under 45 minutes which is perfect for a water bottle refill if you brought extras. It does get crowded with other trail users and a heavy population of mountain bikers from mid morning to later afternoon on weekends and most evenings on week days.
Reviewed by:murr
Reviewed on:06/06/2017
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Best trail in the triangle. A little confusing at first, trying to find the other trails. Seems like the only way to get to the other trails is to start on the blue loop, about halfway through you can exit onto either the yellow or orange, and that's where the fun begins. Fast and flowy mixed with enough technical sections to keep it interesting. This is my favorite new place to ride. We need more like it!
Reviewed by:Red
Reviewed on:05/20/2017
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Fast, easy trail. Glad we have another option in the Triangle. If you want fast hard packed flowy fun, this is for you. If you are looking for a technical advanced option, find a different Trail. Thanks again though for continuing to make the Triangle a great place to ride MTB.
Reviewed by:Doughnutz
Reviewed on:05/07/2017
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The Brumley trails are very nice. Expect lots of people, especially walkers, joggers, etc. Everything is very mild with very little in respect to typical Triangle technical features, in regards to logs, rock piles, climbs covered in roots, etc. A couple of the ravine dips are very square in the bottom, and caught me off guard with how harsh and abrupt they were with little to no transition from bottom to exit. They probably feel very different running the opposite direction. Hopefully these smooth out with age. Just enough high speed off cambers to keep you awake and alert. Well worth the drive from other parts of the Triangle.

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