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Smith Lake Mountain Bike Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great workout riding 12 miles through sand.


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10.1

Miles

16.3

KM

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Singletrack

259' 79 m

High

178' 54 m

Low

465' 142 m

Up

467' 142 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly Lots of sand! But little tikes can ride most all of the trail.

On military recreation facility. No ID check or gates to get here.

Description

This trail combines all 4 loops in the Smith Lake Recreation Area for an 11.6 mile ride. The trails are classified as easy(green), intermediate(blue), and difficult(black/brown). In reality, green, blue, and black are all easy beginner trails. The only difficult part is tons of sand, pine cones, and pine needles that are guaranteed to throw you off your bike at some point on the ride. The green, blue, and black trails are not that much fun but are a great workout because of all the sand. Watch out for the sand! At the bottom of most downhill sections is a deep sandy hairpin turn! The brown trail is different! The brown trail has climbs, drops, and descents with relatively less hazards than the other trails. Theres even some steep technical rocky climbs. The brown trail is the only part of this ride I would do for fun and not just getting a good workout in.

From the parking area, start out on the green trail about 25 yards right of the sign. The green trails is mostly flat and firm with a couple sandy sections. Its pretty fast and smooth for the most part. There is one downhill section with deep sand at the bottom that could throw you over your handlebars if you hit it hard enough.
At the end of the green trail, follow the sign to the blue trail and this will take you across the paved road you came in on. The blue trail is pretty much like the green trail except with more ups and downs and more sand to throw you off your bike. The blue trail ends when you cross a larger firebreak and dirt road and you see signs for the black trail and theres a few crappy jumps.
The black trail is pretty much like the blue trail except for more ups and down and more sand. After a half mile or so of the black trail, you see signs for the brown trail veering off to the right.
The brown trail is the money here! This trails starts out winding through the trees on flat ground but eventually hits some hilly terrain near Smith Lake and you get techy rocky climbs, drops big enough to put a little grin on your face, a couple good jumps, and some fast descents. This is also the longest section of trail at 4 miles and there relatively less sand and hazard compared to the rest of this trail.
The brown trail ends at the black trails close to where it broke off. Finish the sandy black trail back at the paved road and head left back to the parking area.

Contacts

Land Manager: Fort Bragg MWR

Shared By:

Preston Sparks with improvements by Josh McKay

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 24 votes

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Photos

Jump at the end of green trail on a rigid.
Mar 21, 2018 near Spring…, NC
Tall Pine, Woodpecker habitat
Jul 21, 2018 near Fort Bragg, NC
Blue Trail
Jul 21, 2018 near Spring…, NC
Creek crossing on Blue Trail
Jul 21, 2018 near Spring…, NC
The best trail at Smith Lake.
Oct 16, 2017 near Fort Bragg, NC
Fun section at the end of the Brown Trail.
Oct 16, 2017 near Fort Bragg, NC

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