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Brunswick Nature Park

Intermediate

Trail

7.0 mile 11.2 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 134' 41 m
Descent: -134' -41 m
High: 29' 9 m
Low: 2' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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A stacked loop trail system with something for everyone, from beginner to expert.

Bryan Weinkle

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Overview

Brunswick Nature Park has over seven miles of singletrack built just for mountain bikes. The trailhead is located behind the picnic shelter. These trails start off with an easy, flat beginner loop called Canebrake. This 1 mile loop is wide open. Riders of any skill level will enjoy this loop.

The second loop, Gator, is an intermediate trail. This loop has lots of tight twisty turns that keep you pedaling. The faster you go, the more fun it is. There are some small hills toward the end of this loop. The key feature here will be a tight uphill switchback that will make you get out of the saddle and test your balance.

The third loop that combines Copperhead Outer Loop and Copperhead Inner Loop, is built for advanced riders. However, there are bypasses for all of the technical trail features, so intermediate riders should be able to ride with no problem. There are raised bridges, rock gardens, jumps, and log crossings. Some of the biggest hills around are located here. For a trail in this area, this is a real treat.

New for 2017 is a 1+ mile addition called Flytrap. It begins just off the Lollipop Loop and weaves its way around behind the main parking lot. An additional piece also crosses the road leading to the kayak launch and comes out on the main gravel entrance road.

Total mileage updated in 2017 is 7.7 miles

Description

Park in the lot near the solar powered restrooms. The trailhead is located behind the picnic shelter. This short section of trail is 2-way, so watch for oncoming riders. At the next trail intersection, take a right. From here it is all one way and ridden counter-clockwise.

The Canebrake Loop is flat and wide open and friendly to most types of bikes. More experienced riders can add some difficulty by riding fast. There are berms throughout to make things fun and flowy. When you cross the dirt road, you can fork to the left to follow Canebrake back to the trailhead, or stay straight to follow the intermediate Gator loop.

Once on the Gator Loop, the trail will become noticeably tighter. The entrance to the advanced Copperhead Connector is just a couple hundred feet up on the right, so watch for it if you want to ride the entire trail. Follow the connector across the power lines where you'll find a couple fun jumps to play on.

Stay to the right to enter Copperhead Outer Loop. About 1/4 mile in, you'll see the raised bridges. These bridges are 30" wide and feature rollers, banked turns, and some small built-in drops. You can bypass the features by staying to the right. Shortly after the bridges are the drops. The tallest is 30" which is the highest allowed at the park. Again, you can bypass to the right.

Next up is the first rock garden which has a fun little jump at the end. This leads to the Copperhead Inner Loop section. You can bypass this rock garden and/or the entire inner loop by staying to the right. There are currently no obstacles on the inner loop, but there are some fast, fun sections. Just after the inner loop merges back with the outer there is a tricky blind log crossing so keep your eyes open.

From here, Copperhead weaves up and down with the more technical rock garden close to the end. This rock garden has a few rock drops and a tough climb out. You can bypass this obstacle to the left. Just before the end of the loop is "Taco Hill". This short but steep dirt drop is known for warping a few rims. Get some speed and catch some air as you finish the loop back to the power lines.

Now follow the Copperhead Return back to the Gator loop. Stay to the right and weave through some fast, tight, twisty singletrack. The faster you go, the more fun it is. This trail starts off flat, but has some small hills toward the end. Shortly after passing an overlook to a beaver pond, you'll come to a tight switchback that climbs to the left. Follow the trail across the road and take a right to get back to the trailhead, or stay straight to do it all again.

After coming out of gator on the access road you can now turn into the previously hike only trail leading back to the Lollipop Trail under the power lines. Once you re-enter the trees look to the left where you'll see the new 1+ mile addition called Flytrap. It begins just off the Lollipop Loop and weaves its way around behind the main parking lot. An additional piece also crosses the road leading to the kayak launch and comes out on the main gravel entrance road.

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Nov 3, 2019
Mr T
This is an awesome place it has something for everyone beginner to expert people are friendly will make this a regular place 11.9mi
Sep 14, 2019
Charles Wojciechowski
Aug 2, 2019
Bryan Folts
El Chupacabra 18 Fuse 8.1mi — 1h 07m
Jun 20, 2019
Seth Wilson
May 29, 2019
Andres Cardenas Ortiz
May 18, 2019
Julia Alexander
Apr 25, 2019
Carmen Owen
Apr 17, 2019
Johnny Zoom
Leave the FS at home; this is fast Carolina low country hard pack. Well groomed and plenty of signage. Lots of fun for a quick hour spin. Enjoyable. 9.3mi

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Copperhead Trail Rock Garden #2
Mar 23, 2013 near Silver…, NC
CCORS Race 2014.
Mar 5, 2016 near Silver…, NC
Easy ride with daughter and her friends.
Nov 16, 2018 near Silver…, NC
Copperhead intersection
Nov 27, 2015 near Silver…, NC

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