This is another excellent in-town Raleigh ride, one that can be linked with Centennial Campus via greenways and a short bit of road riding. Ridden in either direction, you get a decent warm-up before hitting the root extravaganza waiting in the woods. Beginners can try a bit of the track, with an easy bailout option if the learning curve proves too steep or painful, because the greenway is always circling just uphill of the singletrack. Intermediate riders will push the limits of their slow-speed balance and navigation skills, and even more advanced folks will be pressed by some of the dicey root moves and the big stream crossing.
When in doubt at any trail branching, pick the track that runs closest to the lakeshore. The point on the backside of the lake looks over the breeding grounds of some gorgeous geese, swans, herons, kingfishers, and a variety of ducks. And I guess to be fair, I should mention the proliferation of turtles sunning along the walkway and lakeside sections, for those of you who like your critters cold-blooded. Tread: 2.4 miles of singletrack; 1.3 miles of doubletrack; 1.2 miles of paved greenway.
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