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Briar Chapel



6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack


Ascent: 460' 140 m
Descent: -460' -140 m
High: 554' 169 m
Low: 403' 123 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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A fun ride open to the public in a subdivision near Chapel Hill, NC. A little bit of everything.

Corey Scheip

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Trails closed when wet, no off-leash dogs.


A common parking area is here on Catulo Rd. Also, you can park at the clubhouse.Or at a 3rd ( and probably best ) entrance located on Briar Chapel Parkway.


From the Catulo Parking lot, ride north along the Parkway for a few hundred feet. Some singletrack will be on your left just past a large wooden kiosk. Alternatively, just across from the kiosk there is a mulch entrance to the hiking trail. From there, you'll see an immediate entrance to Herndon Loop, which is a nicely-built, flowing trail containing a few rock gardens and berms. A few hundred feet to the left will be an entrance to the Bennett Mountain Trail (on your right), which is a very technical, rock-filled ride. There is a small inner loop on Bennett Mountain.

Once you've completed the inner loop (Little Bennett), following the Bennett Mountain Trail will lead you to the main loop around the development. You can either go straight across the hiking trail on to Pokeberry Trail, or turn right and cross the large wooden bridge (and short rocky climb) and rejoin the biking trail on Copperhead, which is the main loop.

If parking at the Clubhouse, the easiest way to enter the trail is to exit the parking and turn left down Great Ridge Parkway. The main loop traverses the parkway. Go left for a climb up to the third parking lot, or going right will lead you to the bottom of Bennett Mountain.

If parking at the gravel lot on BC Parkway, there's an entrance behind a wooden kiosk which leads to a fun downhill, or you can cross the Parkway and find an immediate entrance to the trail which is another fun downhill. This trail will terminate at a dog park, just turn right on to the mulch trail to continue the main loop (cross a large wooden bridge) or to get to the Woods Run Out-and-Back.

All trails should now be marked and there are two large wooden bridges that you're going to cross during a loop.

Also, note the trails close when wet, please for up-to-date trail status and workdays.

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May 16, 2020
Andy Olson
Son's first trail experience
Apr 27, 2020
Thomas Briley
Very rocky and technical, but pretty fun overall. One full loop is roughly 4.6mi. The out and back spurs may put it up to 6.6ish. 4.5mi
Dec 25, 2018
Abel Fregoso
Aug 12, 2018
Ben Lineberry
A good mix in elevation change, lots of fun
Aug 5, 2018
Luis Velez
Jul 28, 2018
Sean M
Jul 20, 2018
Brian Trumpatori
Jul 8, 2018
Brandt Obermeit
tetractus ride 7.1mi

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