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Bike Trails in the Triangle

Below is a list of preferred bike trails & loops

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The Triangle Area offers more than 180 miles of greenways. Interconnected and varying in size there is something for everyone. We have put together a list of some of the bike trails in The Triangle that are available for your pleasure.

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

Trail Rating: EASY

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail - Raleigh, NC

The Lake Johnson Trail includes a 3.5-mile paved greenway loop as well as a 1.9-mile unpaved loop plus another 1.0 mile of out and backs to scenic lake overlooks. Part of the paved loop includes a section of Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. The paved portion goes through the woods, along the lake, and across the dam. The unpaved portion, a bit less traveled, goes to the headwaters of the lake. Both can cross the boardwalk across the lake to complete a figure 8 if you want.

Shelley Lake Trail - Raleigh, NC

Experience this 2.2-mile loop trail near Raleigh, North Carolina. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 44 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, fishing, and mountain biking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Nice shady path around a lake, good for the whole family. Not too many hills but some side trails if you would like to make your route longer.

Shelley Lake Trail

Trail Rating: EASY

Museum of Art Trail

Trail Rating: EASY

American Tobacco Trail - Durham

The Wake County portion of the American Tobacco Trail is a 6.5-mile recreational rail-trail located in the western part of Wake County.

Various paved and gravel trails loop around and through art and nature exhibits. This route is fully paved but there are several other areas to explore. The southern paved portion is the Reedy Creek Trail which connects to the House Creek Green-way Trail and is known as the scenic walking bridge that spans I-440 at Wade Avenue.

Research Triangle Park - Durham, NC

Get to know this 6.9-mile loop trail near Durham, North Carolina. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 2 h 20 min to complete. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.This trail is great for road biking, running, and walking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Shelley Lake Trail

Trail Rating: EASY

North Carolina Museum of Art Park - Raleigh, NC

Various paved and gravel trails loop around and through art and nature exhibits. This route is fully paved but there are several other areas to explore. The southern paved portion is the Reedy Creek Trail which connects to the House Creek Greenway Trail and is known as the scenic walking bridge that spans I-440 at Wade Avenue.

Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill, NC

The trails at Briar Chapel loop around the neighborhood, not far across the Chatham / Orange County line on 15-501. These trails have a good mix of terrain and challenges. Generally speaking, there are rocks, but you can find some fast flow too. And the challenging trails on Bennett Mountain will have you wondering if you are really still in the Triangle. There’s a fun line with berms on the Herndon Loop that lead to and from a skills area with beginner, intermediate, and advanced lines.

Briar Chapel

Trail Rating: MODERATE

Museum of Art Trail

Trail Rating: MODERATE

Walnut Creek Trail - Raleigh

The Walnut Creek Trail follows Walnut Creek across southern Raleigh, extending over 15 miles one-way from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson. Features interconnected paved greenway and some roadway connectors in south Raleigh - Good for walking and biking. -

Provides connections with the Centennial Bikeway Connector, Rocky Branch Trail, Little Rock Trail, and the Neuse River Trail. -

House Creek Greenway Trail - Raleigh

Part of the Capital Area Greenway Trail System that connects Glen Eden Drive to Meredith College and the Reedy Creek Trail Bridge; which connects to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Paved multi-use trail with some hills. There are a few short off-road paths available.

Marshall Memorial Park is located along a third of a mile near the Blue Ridge Road entrance.

House Creek Trail

Trail Rating: MODERATE

Forest Ridge Trails

Trail Rating: EASY

Forest Ridge Trails - Wake Forest

Forest Ridge is an extremely beginner friendly trail. It is fast, flowy, flat, and fun. This is a great trail to bring young kids or to introduce single track riding to beginners in a safe and fun way. There is a lot of room for this trail to grow and mileage is expected to increase over time.

This trail is bi-direction and advanced riders will be able to carry significant speeds throughout the trail, so make sure to keep your vision up and be courteous to and cautious of other riders.

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