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Brumley Forest Full Tour

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8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers



278' 85 m


-277' -85 m



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590' 180 m


473' 144 m


Shared By Theo Combos


Bad / Closed 6 days ago
Some Mud: Finally open but with rain today was closed again by the time we were done. A bit wet but in fantastic shape overall. History

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All of the trails at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve in Hillsborough, NC!

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Looking for flow? These trails are built for mountain bikers by mountain bikers! You'll find incredibly fast, flowy trails that are accommodating to mostly all skill levels! The climbs are smooth, consistent, and easy whereas the descents are fast and thrilling! Getting air is completely optional but fun is absolutely required!

Need to Know

On a busy day, you'll encounter multiple bikers and hikers. Ride fast and have fun but keep your head up and watch for other people who want to utilize these awesome trails! Be careful and be considerate of all users!


Brumley Nature Preserve offers about nine miles of trails that are fun in either direction. The trails are most commonly ridden in a clockwise direction, but both ways offer unique challenges and excitement.

You'll start at the parking lot and begin on Wood Duck Way. After about half a mile of fun, smooth singletrack, you'll arrive at the Springhouse Loop. This loop is the largest and longest trail of Brumley Nature Preserve and is absolutely a great time. Rideers will finish this loop and turn around to hit it again because of how fun it is.

You'll begin with some speedy, off-camber singletrack that will eventually turn into a few climbing switchbacks up a hill. At the top of the hill, you'll face a few challenging and technical rock gardens. There are route choices at the rock gardens that vary in difficulty.

After the rock gardens, you'll continue to slowly climb. The climb is broken up with quick bursts of smile-inducing downhills that take your mind off of the long ascent. Eventually, you'll come to the crossroads of the Buckeye Loop. From here, continue left and continue climbing! Before you know it, you finally reach the summit about halfway through the Buckeye Loop. Unbeknownst to most riders, you've ascended some 200-250 feet from the start of the Springhouse Loop! For the Piedmont of North Carolina, this elevation gain is quite rare on one climb. But now it's time to descend!

The descent is slow and gradual but incredibly fun! Riders of all skill levels will love this descent as you can make your experience whatever you like. Be careful on some of the flat turns as it is easy for your bike to wash out. Pump over the rollers or boost off of them for air! Scream as you drop down the whoop-de-doos and have a great time!

The run bottoms out at the crossroads of the Springhouse Loop. Proceed left onto the Springhouse Loop and take the short cutoff trail over onto the Conservation Corps Loop. This new, narrow loop will hit you hard with a quick climb but you'll be rewarded with a fun descent on the other side.

Continue left back onto the Springhouse Loop for some more singletrack flowy fun and eventually arrive at Wood Duck Way. Take a left to slowly climb and arrive back at the parking lot! Hop in your car or turn around and try it the other way! Both directions are just as fun and exciting and offer unique challenges and experiences.


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Jan 9, 2019
Jeff House
Great ride! 10mi — 1h 00m
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From one trail builder to another - those that designed and built these trails at Brumley - good job and congrats! I completely loved them. Flow trail, gnarly rock gardens, whoops and drops. MTB Project App was needed to make sure I stayed on the outside loop but the intersections were well marked and the App was spot on. I highly recommend this trail to anyone in the area or passing through! Oct 27, 2017
Andrew Shearin
Cary, NC
Andrew Shearin   Cary, NC
This trail was so much fun! Word of advice though, do not go clockwise like this says, wayyyyy more fun to go counterclowise, especially on the springhouse loop. You can get an extra mile or so of descending if you do the opposite of what this full tour loop says. Nov 21, 2018
Jeff House
Raleigh, NC
Jeff House   Raleigh, NC
Great, downs, bumps and rocks! Hella fun for sure. Jan 9, 2019

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