Rockland Preserve houses purpose-built mountain bike trails created by local volunteers. Trails flow through 250+ feet of elevation change with challenging climbs that are all rideable.
Flowing trails are enhanced by technical challenges such as rock drops and log rides. Many of the log rides are works of art with integrated chainsaw designs along the top. Optional expert lines are marked to challenge riders but ride-arounds are provided for those more intermediate.
Trees with marked blue arrows direct riders through 7 miles of flowing terrain. It's important to note that the trails at Rockland Preserve consist of a series of stacked loops (e.g. East Loop
) comprised of multiple, short, underlying trails (e.g. Stinger, Glades, etc.) It can sometimes be confusing to navigate this area, but with this knowledge on-hand it becomes easier.
From the parking area off Hwy 79/Durham Rd, look for signs for East Loop
. You'll see a large green sign on your left from the entrance. From here, hop on Stinger. Continue uphill and take a quick right following the arrows onto Glades. Glades traverses up a hillside before exiting right on the Rockland Trail
(orange blazes) briefly heading uphill. Head right at the next intersection onto doubletrack leading to yet another intersection.
For a short ride, follow the split right marked East Loop
. For the full experience, continue left toward the summit area on Waterfall Pass
. Continue uphill over a bridge past the occasional waterfall to Summit Station. This place is a great spot for a break.
When you're ready to move on, split right toward the summit trails and look for a quick right onto Mary's Ghost
. Mary's Ghost
has multiple expert options. Everything brings you back to the same exit line at the beginning of Thunderdome
continues for 2 miles through the summit area with tabletop jumps, pits, rock challenges, log rides, and tight turns.
Continue across Green Loop to Beyond Thunderdome
(expert trail) or split right back to Summit Station for the easier options. Beyond Thunderdome
winds through tight turns and log rides and over many rock challenges and berms before meeting Beyond Thunderdome
Extension. Straight across from the end of Extension, you'll find the start of The Darkside
Lots of flow features, mini pump tracks, tables, rock rides, and log rides make The Darkside
probably the most interesting climbing trail you'll ever find. The climb is spread out over about 2 miles on good trail through tight birch with plenty of ride-arounds. Near the end, the trail crosses orange-blazed doubletrack onto a relatively new and winding trail called Bambi
After completing Bambi
, the trail ends into a fast downhill along the orange-blazed, doubletrack Rockland Trail
. At the next intersection, head left following blue arrows and veer right at the sign you passed previously for the East Loop
. A quick pedal down Joe's Trail leads you to Zipline for some major downhills and then across a stream to Moebius Rip for some fast turns before descending the ridge on Precipice. Lastly, cross a bridge through a swampy area to a left turn toward the parking lot and the end of the ride.