“A complete CCW loop of the Hog Run trail system at Harris Lake.”
— Greg Epplin
Park Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
A fast, flowy trail with great views of Harris Lake. This trail has sections designed for every skill level. There are some jumps, skinnies and whoop-de-doos to keep the fun meter pegged! Every obstacle has clear ride arounds. The beginner trail is CCW only and the direction of travel is clearly marked. All other trails at Harris Lake can be ridden in either direction. Recent work has resulted in both the addition of singletrack trail and the reworking of existing trail to create a new and rewarding ride experience.
Need to Know
Current trail status is available on trianglemtb.com
or by calling the park office at 919-387-4342.. Scheduled rides and volunteer workdays are planned by Triangle Off-Road Cyclists, (TORC) and can be found on Meetup at meetup.com/torc-nc/
Harris Lake park also contains picnic areas, an excellent disc golf course, a kayak boat launch, a floating dock for fishing and a great hiking trail called the Peninsula trail.
Additional park info can be found at wakegov.com/parks/harrislak…
Two parking lots can be used to access the trails. The Hog Run Bike Trail gravel lot is directly off the main park road about a half a mile from the park entrance. This parking lot does not have any restroom facilities. The Cypress parking lot is the second parking area and it is close to the restroom building. There are clearly marked beginner, intermediate and advanced trail sections. The beginner trail starts from the main parking lot near the Cypress picnic shelter. This featured ride is a CCW loop of all main trails in the park. To follow this track, park at the Cypress shelter lot, start at the trailhead and take every right hand turn you encounter. The trails get progressively more difficult as you get farther away from the parking lot. There are clearly marked bailouts with signs directing you back to the parking lots. The park entrance road bisects the trail and the advanced trail sections are located on the north side of road.
At the northern extreme of the advanced trail, there is an expert section branching from the main trail. There are several paths through this expert section. Take the time to explore and enjoy them all.
The GPS mileage shows 9.2 miles for this ride, but the wheel odometer more accurately measures it as 10.7 miles.
History & Background
In 1985, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space signed a lease with Progress Energy for a 680-acre regional park facility on Harris Lake. The first phase of park construction began in 1997. This phase was built with the 1993 Bond Referendum money. The park opened to the public in May 1999.