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Overall :   4.2 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Technical :   4.2 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Climbing :   3.9 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Freeride :   2.8 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   4.1 / 5.0   based on 42 votes
Flow :   3.0 / 5.0   based on 36 votes

Description
Location: North Raleigh, near Falls Lake
Miles: ~10
Skill Level: All skill levels; singletrack is mostly intermediate, some advanced.
Trail Map
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Rules of the Trail

This trail is a beautiful mix of tech and flow. The hilly terraine is littered with roots, rocks, logs, and dips. There are several rock gardens to hone your skills on. It follows the shore of Falls Lake and the other side of the loop flanks a couple of double tracks. They are bidirectional and ride nice either direction.

A big thank you to NRMBA for working with the State Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) to allow mountain bikers on this land. It's a shame these trails aren't open every day of the year, because they are miles and miles of the sweetest singletrack around--especially for intermediate and advanced riders. This trail was voted number one by TriangleMTB.com users in the fall of 2002. It's a real gem!

Even when there's lots of folks there, you can ride all day in these woods and hardly see another rider. But don't worry about getting lost, because NRMBA volunteers have done a great job of putting "parking lot this way" signs up at the end of every trail. Steep and rocky hill climbs, decent downhills, small and large gullies, tight turns, big log rolls and beautiful views of the forest and lake await you.

IMPORTANT RULES: According to the agreement with WRC, they will only be open on Sundays beginning September 1 each year through May 14. From May 15 through August 31, they are open everyday. Please respect these rules--the area will be closed to riders if anyone is seen riding on closed trails.

The WRC has one mission, which is to protect hunters and hunting rights. And they are immune from political pressure so if they decide to close down New Light, there is no recourse. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please leave your dog at home!! Dogs are not allowed.

Also, NRMBA does not condone night riding here.

Directions
Start at Crabtree Valley Mall. Get on NC 50 (Creedmoor Rd) and go North.
When you get to NC 98 turn right to go East on NC 98.
You will go about 1.6 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light -- this is New Light Rd.
You will cross Falls Lake -- keep going and at about 3.35 mi (from the traffic light) you will see Old Weaver Trail on your left.
Turn left on Old Weaver Trail. Go 0.5 mile, and you will see a dirt road on your left with evidence of parking on the side of the road.
You can drive down this road for a few hundred feet and park or you can park on the side of road.

Driving Directions via Google

Rules of the Trail



Night rides are not allowed at this trail. You jeopardize the relationship with land managers and cyclists by riding at night here.





UPDATE: June 27, 2006
Left Loop and Right Loop closed

The Eastern Territory consisting of both Left Loop and Right Loop are permanently closed by order of the land management. Please respect the closure so as not to jeopardize access to New Light.

UPDATE: April 20, 2004
Burned Out trail closed

We have met with the Wildlife Resources Commission and whereas they are still allowing us to ride at New Light, they are concerned with the number of trails we have in the area and that we might be disrupting the wildlife. Therefore, they have asked us to shut down the Burned Out trail to provide an area for wildlife where we are not riding. So in about three weeks, we will be shutting down Burned Out…so enjoy it while you can. Also, please do not build any more trails at New Light. Wildlife is currently fine with the number of trails we will have but they do not want any more.

Finally, we will be organizing a trails day for New Light in the very near future. In general, the trails are in good shape but we do need a bit of maintenance work. Since TriangleMTB.com is the official web site for the North Raleigh Mountain Biking Association, please check here for details of the next trails day for New Light.

Thanks for your continued support

Sig Hutchinson
President
North Raleigh Mountain Biking Association




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Reviewed by:gctabor
Reviewed on:10/01/2016
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I really do like this trail, but here's what you should know:

It's not as technical as people say. Yes, there are some very technical sections, but the majority of it is not. Most of it is rooty, but not difficult to stay clean, especially with some momentum.

Climbing isn't really difficult. I frequent the trail on a singlespeed and while there are a lot of short climbs, they don't seem steep or difficult and I can do them with just one gear. Not like the climbs are rocky road for example.

There are a few nice hops and very small tabletops, and one gap jump that is an accident because there used to be a bridge that collapsed. Be careful because it has a small takeoff and no landing so you do need speed.

The trail is not very flowy in general. Maybe with a full suspension you can conserve some more momentum and overall make it flowier but it just doesn't have a flowy vibe. I'm on average about 3mph slower on this trail than most other trails in the area.

All this being said, if you're a beginner, you will probably hate this place the first few times you go, but if you keep at it you may end up really loving it. It is the most difficult ride in the area IMO.
Reviewed by:Eddie
Reviewed on:08/11/2016
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Ok,so let's be honest! This trail and its entire existence is a mountain bikers feast! Climbs you may ask"plenty and challenging! Drops? I hope you have good forks! Speed?Those hydraulic brakes better say Shimano xt or xtr somewhere on them"you will need them". I have been riding since 1990 and tried many trails, I like hard stuff, challenging course that work my lungs to exhaustion and this trail will give you that and more. Enjoy it and pack an energy booster. Views are awesome!
Reviewed by:IvanNik
Reviewed on:02/21/2016
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It's hard (I don't know hot to handle big rocky climbs), but it's very funny.
There are a lot of very-very fast downhills.
It's my favorite in MTB area!
I recommend everyone to try it (you need to check all tracks, I spent 2 days)
Reviewed by:JonB
Reviewed on:07/02/2015
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I just moved to the area and have ridden this trail a couple of times so I figured I would post a review since it's been about a year since the last one. The directions on the page are still relevant as far as finding the trail. It's got a lot mellower climbs and descents and you can definitely pick up some speed going down. The first half of the trail is fun but not too challenging or difficult for someone of moderate skill. The second half definitely has more technical features with a couple of awesome gaps, a lot of smaller rock hills, and rock gardens. It goes along the edge of the lake and has some great views. It's definitely a workout so be prepared to commit to the trail because you can't really cut out early if you get tired. The trail is definitely worth checking out. It's probably the closest to a "natural" mountain biking trail so don't expect smooth machine made features.
Reviewed by:stinklepink
Reviewed on:06/10/2014
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One of my favorite trails within 50 miles of the Triangle. Unfortunately as Mr.Monkeywrench mentioned, there is some serious logging going on right now. The first 1.5 - 2 miles are gone. FUBAR, don't even bother.

My suggestion (as of 6.8.2014) is to head out on the old fire road you usually finish on, make the first right onto another fire road and head for the water. Look for that section of the trail with the burnout and short flowy downhill, to your left. You will see a white trail post where the trails starts. From there on out it is mostly the same.

Lets hope the logging stops soon.
Reviewed by:mr.monkeywrench
Reviewed on:06/01/2014
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Tried to ride the trails today; be advised considerable logging activity is going on which has disrupted the entry trail.

Advise go there with someone that knows the trails well otherwise you spend awhile on the fire trails.
Reviewed by:sethbotwick
Reviewed on:05/06/2014
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Great trail. Besides San Lee, it may be the best in the area. It has a good mix of everything. The San Lee trail Wizard needs to put his special brand of magic on this trail.
Reviewed by:time2ride
Reviewed on:10/06/2013
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I've only been there once when I first moved to the area a few months ago. Definable one of the harder trails in the local area. It isn't marked very well and I managed to get myself lost for a bit. Definitely has come long climbs compared to anything else I have ridden around here. Some very rocky sections as well. I would not recommend this place for beginners.
Reviewed by:scoobycarolan
Reviewed on:08/05/2013
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I'm going to go back and give it another shot but my first ride here wasn't fun. I tried to follow the fir road down to lower trails and ended up spending most of my ride climbing back up it. There were trees that were painted to look like trail markers that weren't trails and by the time I climbed all the way back out to the lot I had no gas left to ride anything else. That said, it was my first ride and I'm going to give it another shot.
Reviewed by:Gecam
Reviewed on:05/12/2013
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Rode it for the first time today. Considering myself technically intermediate + and physically intermediate -, I found the trail quite challenging, especially for the technical aspect. Lot of rocks, roots and obstacles to get over. Funny while going downhill, sometimes very difficult while going uphill. All the trails together are making quite a long ride, and some of the uphill sections are difficult but never very long. Finally, the marking is not very good ; there is very few intersections, so you won't get lost, but it's very hard to know where you are "on the map", which can be annoying to manage your effort. Overall, I'm still preferring Beaver Dam, even if I would come again to ride something different.

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