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Harris Lake County Park: Hog Run Trail

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Overall :   3.4 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Technical :   2.3 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Climbing :   1.9 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Freeride :   1.9 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.6 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Flow :   3.5 / 5.0   based on 34 votes

Description
Location: Southwestern Wake County
Miles: 8
Skill Level: beginner to intermediate
Contact: Park office (919) 387-4342 (call to see if trail is open)

Map
Park Hours and Fees
Directions
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.

Directions
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".

Driving Directions via Google


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.








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Reviewed by:willisj76
Reviewed on:12/08/2016
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I live 15 minutes from Harris so I ride here quite frequently. Changes were made over the past year and they have seriously improved things, IMO. Much better flow and a lot less rooty. The West was left pretty much intact I believe, and that's still one of my favorite trails.
I used to drive 30 minutes to get to Crabtree but these days I spend all my time at Harris. It's a lot of fun. The beginner/intermediate trails are a good warmup, although those trails aren't in as good a condition as the advanced section. I believe I heard that they will be doing work to the Intermediate trails so that could change. My preferred loop in the advanced has been East-->Fire Road-->New Connector (across from the inner loop, a super fun little trail)-->West-->North-->Fire Road-->New Connector (Yes I like it so much I hit it twice!)-->South. Really fun loop, combined with the intermediate/beginner stuff it's 11+ miles.
Reviewed by:Kev2380
Reviewed on:09/26/2016
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I feel very lucky to live so close to this trail. I ride it at least one or two times a month. The trails are well maintained and very flowy. There are so many fun sections, especially in the advanced area. You don't have to climb much to get great flowy roller coaster type rides. If you're looking for jumps and crazy riding features this isn't the place for you. If you want to ride where there's beautiful scenery while cruising at 8-10mph this is the place. There are some rooty sections but overall it's not bad.
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Reviewed by:law
Reviewed on:07/23/2016
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Once again Harris Lake trails are closed. All other trails are open but not Harris Lake. So frustrating. Seems like this trail is closed more than open unless there is an event. Then it is open rain or shine. So inconsistent.
Reviewed by:saltz
Reviewed on:05/29/2016
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From Durham, its a pleasant and easy ride out there via the American Tobacco Trail and the trails are flowy and fun after a long spin, but one warning, the water from the water fountain is terrible and murky. We both felt nauseaus after drinking it. They have a vending machine that sells water so bring one dollar bills or fill up at the convenience store on US 1. The park staff is present and helpful in terms of navigating the trails if its your first time out.
Reviewed by:Shinobijim
Reviewed on:04/23/2016
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Harris Lake is fun. It's not particularly rigorous, but definitely one of those places where what you put in is what you get out. I love it to get a hard fast spin. Do the whole trail twice! Ideal for single speeders...nothing that is not rideable.
Reviewed by:JonB
Reviewed on:07/22/2015
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It's not a bad trail but not a very fun one either. Imagine a Lake Crabtree but with more elevation change, more roots, and basically no flow. The advanced section has a couple ok jumps and berms along with a small black diamond area with some steep up and downs. There's a skills area in the beginning that's pretty fun. This trail is really more for fitness than fun/tech.

If you're from the triangle area then you can have more fun at Crabtree. Otherwise, if you're going to do this drive you might as well go the extra 10 miles to San Lee which is infinitely better.
Reviewed by:tidal71
Reviewed on:04/26/2015
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Not sure why this trail has a low rating relative to the others in the area. I think it is a great trail for beginner to intermediate riders. I like how it is laid out with "beginner", "intermediate" and "advanced" loops so you can pick what you want based on ability. It is not technically challenging for intermediate riders, but can be a good workout because it has good flow with a few jumps and a fun little double diamond section. There is also a skills area for practice.
Reviewed by:acmccart8
Reviewed on:04/15/2015
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Excellent trail for beginners, a few tough obstacles but nothing overwhelming. Beginner loop is 0.7 miles, and both intermediate loops put together are about 2 miles, and all of the advanced loops are 5 miles together. Great view of the lake, and a lot of nearby wildlife. I have come within a few feet of deer quite a few times on this trail. Not a lot of climbs, but enough to work the legs a bit. Overall, I don't know why this trail is rated so low, probably because it's lack of "technical" obstacles, but overall this is a very enjoyable ride. Highly recommend this trail for true beginners looking to see what mountain biking is all about!
Reviewed by:fathippo
Reviewed on:07/22/2014
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Reviewed by:Ruff
Reviewed on:09/30/2013
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Considering the other trails I've ridden in the area (CNF, Little River, Briar Chapel, & Little River) this is a pretty good group of trails. For anyone looking to log substantial mileage, be prepared to ride everything in both directions. For anyone looking to spend an hour or two pedaling through the woods on singletrack, get some exercise, and occasionally be challenged, these are great trails for you.

-The beginner trail is .5 miles and hitting it twice is a good way to get warmed up and get your bike dialed in.

-The intermediate trail is pretty tame (save for a good number of root-y sections), but is enough to get you off your seat occasionally and get you ready for the advanced section.

-The advanced loops (it's kind of a contorted clover shape) are a good way to get lost in the magic that is a thin strip of dirt coming at your front tire. There are roots galore to keep you from getting to complacent, with plenty of twists, turns, and dips for one to lean into and pump through. Where a few of the loops run along the lake, there are a series of relatively challenging ups-and-downs through fingerling gulleys that edge the water. These all have ride-arounds and are marked with the relative rating of 'Double Black Diamond'. There are a smattering of skinnies in some of the trails and a couple of wooden jumps--however, many land to flat, meaning you may need to carry good speed, be prepared to drop your seat, or just ride around.

Given what's available in the Triangle area, I'd say this is pretty similar to CNF, with less overall diversity in trails and fewer instances of challenging topography. However, the trails at Harris Lake are better maintained than CNF and appear to dry faster.

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