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Little River Regional Park and Nature Area

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Overall :   3.6 / 5.0   based on 24 votes
Technical :   2.7 / 5.0   based on 24 votes
Climbing :   3.4 / 5.0   based on 24 votes
Freeride :   1.5 / 5.0   based on 24 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.0 / 5.0   based on 24 votes
Flow :   3.1 / 5.0   based on 16 votes

On December 5th 2004, the first legal single track in Orange County opened. Thanks to DOMBO, Little River Park had it's grand opening and well over 100 mountain bikers attended to show their support. Kudo's to all the effort and hard work put into these trails by the folks in DOMBO, Orange County and Durham County Parks and Rec, as well as all the volunteers who pitched in. Thanks!

About Little River
This 391-acre park was acquired and had been developed jointly by the two neighboring counties. The park is a cooperative venture among several partners, including Durham County, Orange County, the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Eno River Association, the Triangle Community Foundation, the NC Division of Parks and Recreation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the NC Recreation Trails Program, the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the Durham/Orange Mountain Bike Organization.

Description: Rolling singletrack in a brand new county park.
Location: 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont, NC 27572  NC
Miles: 7
Skill Level: all skill levels; singletrack is mostly intermediate.
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Park Hours
November - February 8 am - 5 pm
March and October 8 am - 6 pm
April and September 8 am - 7 pm
May - August 8 am - 8 pm
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day

Contact the Park staff to see if the trail is currently open due to conditions: 732-5505


Rules of the Trail

Blue markers indicate mountain bike trails. Over seven miles of single track trails are newly designed, built, and ready for use! Markers are found only at intersections and hiking trail crossings, and therefore signal areas where riders should minimize speed and exhibit added caution. Extra care should also be taken at trail-heads and around the parking lot, where multiple users of the park come together, possibly including horse riders. The mountain bike trails are specially designed to prevent erosion and maintain stream and river water quality. Bikers are asked to remain on posted mountain bike trails at all times. Biking on the gravel logging roads should be limited to emergency situations only. The level of technical difficulty on trails increases with distance from the trail-head. Since use of the gravel roads is not meant for bikers, please plan a route that permits a return path along the mountain bike trails. Donít forget that the parkís gates lock at dusk! Bikers must be aware that hikers, while not encouraged to use the bike trails, are allowed to explore the trail system. However, biking trails are made for bikers, and hikers are advised to yield to riders on the mountain bike trails. Please report any problems encountered along the trails to park staff.

Directions






301 Little River Park Way
Rougemont  NC 27572

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Reviewed by:jnroyal
Reviewed on:05/04/2015
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Rode this trail yesterday for the first time on account of it being the only one in the Triangle area that wasn't closed due to recent rains. I really liked the trail and would agree with the other posts describing it as a hillier Crabtree/Harris without the crowds. I rode a Surly Krampus (long wheelbase 29+ hardtail) with a 750mm wide handlebar which made it tricky maneuvering through some sections at speed, seems to me that the ideal bike for this trail would be an old-school 26'er with narrow handlebars and a short wheelbase.

The only real challenging technical feature is an optional skinny that sits below the main trail, I skipped it as it didn't look worth the hassle of climbing back up.

The climbs are short but steep. Riding clockwise seems to give you longer but easier climbs, riding counterclockwise gives you shorter, steeper climbs. Most of the other riders seemed to be riding clockwise. I did a couple laps in each direction and think I preferred clockwise.

It's kind of a bummer that this trail is so far from Raleigh but that distance is what keeps the crowds down and what allows it to be open when the Raleigh trails are closed.
Reviewed by:chirorick
Reviewed on:03/22/2015
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Remember to read the park hours above! I didn't and went out that way for my first time today. Arrived just before 5:30 pm thinking I had some daylight and park sign said closed at 6 pm. I can't rate it cuz it was only a sample of a ride.
Reviewed by:fathippo
Reviewed on:07/22/2014
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Reviewed by:SlowLo
Reviewed on:04/07/2014
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MC Escher actually designed this trail so you can continually go up. None of the climbs are too much but by the same token the descent never materializes, or there is a hard turn up hill to a switch back when the hills just begging to be blasted down the other way.

I actually like this place though because it doesn't draw too much of a crowd. But the downside to that is there are lots of pine needles which makes it a little slick.

I heard a while back that they may add mileage here which would be a good thing. A bit more flow would be fun with technical mixed in strategically.
Reviewed by:Hesston
Reviewed on:04/05/2014
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Fun trail! Lots of curves, switchbacks, etc. Climbs are rare, but you know when you get to one. Good times!
Reviewed by:Nash04
Reviewed on:08/29/2013
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Haven't gone there yet but just wanted to let people know the park is actually in Rougemont and not Durham. Enjoy
Reviewed by:le
Reviewed on:09/09/2012
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Counter-clockwise on Advance Trail has more climbing and is more technical...Scout the uphill ladder for missing cross-members. I didn't and had a colossal ender If in doubt, go down not up.
Reviewed by:vulcangreen
Reviewed on:08/04/2011
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I have been eyeballing this trail for years on Triangle MTB and finally rode it this past weekend. I had never heard much chatter about it and when I asked about it no one was really blown away with it.

I will say I had fun on it. I was challenged by the climbs and had a good time hitting the fast downhill sections. Technically, it is somewhere in the middle. It has more challenging hills than Crabtree but otherwise mostly easy to intermediate. The scenery was all thick forest but no beautiful lake views like Beaver, New Light or Hogg's Run. There are some really tight trail sections similar to Chapel Hill that require big dips in speed.

I rode this with a friend that is new to mountain biking but is in really good shape. It was a great compromise trail for us to ride together. There was nothing out there that freaked him out posed a serious crash risk.

I would recommend this to novice riders as a place to ride some real single track. You will have some fun and get a good workout. As a more seasoned mountain biker, I can see how some might think it is boring. This trail is about 30 minutes from Chapel Hill where I live and I probably would not go out there more than once a year or so for variety.
Reviewed by:RAR
Reviewed on:01/29/2011
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Not bad, in general about as easy as crabtree but with 1.5 mile of short steep hills added, I didn't find it very technical. While beaver dam's hills are not as steep they are longer and more numerous. I finished the entire trail system in about 50 mins. It was easy to find, very well labeled and not too crowded.
Reviewed by:mkjensen
Reviewed on:12/12/2009
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this trail, in my opinion, was not good for mountain biking, more like a good cross country running trail.

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