Renaissance Park - Trail, Charlotte, Carolina

Renaissance Park - Trail, Charlotte, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Tight singletrack with lots of roots, rocks and whoops.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 23, 2014]
Stefon
Cross Country Rider

Very nice trail, also very technical. A lot of roots and tight turns. I would recommend knee pads for this trail as its likely you'll fall if you're not an intermediate rider. would definitely ride again!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 07, 2008]
rob1035
Cross Country Rider

Still a nice, well maintained trail, unfortunately developement is encroaching, and a major portion of the "softball" loop is gone. Roughly a total of 7 miles or so in both loops, so multiple laps are necessary to get serious mileage. Not a beginners trail, with lots of tight singletrack, quick climbs, and roots; its a lot of fun once you get some familiarity. The Short Track(first left after the main entrance from the softball parking lot) is a blast, and a great place for testing and tuning your bike, roughly 7/10 of a mile with fast berms, a few jumps, and some climbing; makes for a great warm up and cool down lap.

Please be aware of break-ins which occur pretty frequently in the parking lot.

Great place for night riding

Customer Service

I usually start with a lap on the Short Track, hit "Tennis Court" loop, then hit the newly neutered "softball loop", and finish up with another lap at the short track. Roughly 10 miles.

Similar Products Used:

Col. Francis Beatty- A lot more roots, a lot less climbing
Sherman Branch- much smoother, faster, and longer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 24, 1998]
Bob

Good stuff! Pretty fast with a couple of climbs, though not very hard. A good course for training.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 19, 1998]
Jason

The 'easier' loop is tight singletrack with a few small climbs and a few good downhill sections. There is one part at the end of this loop where you must climb over a few slick rocks and make it over the log from hell. This thing is a monster and is really a challenge for those at the intermediate level. The trick is to have speed going up and over the log, dont slow down trying to pick a path or you are doomed to spin out or stick your large ring into it.
The 'harder' loop runs out the entrance road and along Tyvola Rd then dumps you in the parking lot of the Tennis courts. The next section has a couple of pretty good dips, and some tight switchbacks.

Customer Service

This trail is really two small 3.0-3.5 mile loops. I like to park at the softball field and do the loop that starts there first. It is better for warming up. It is very well kept (I believe by the Tarheel Trailblazers).

Similar Products Used:

Use Rennaissance for training or for beginners then go hammer at Catawba or Beech Spring

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 14, 1999]
Lee Nelson

Decided to review as 4.5 stars is too much. This is a fun trail, it's free, and is very decent, but it isn't the stuff dreams are made of. West loop is pretty easy, a little rocky in places. The East loop is much more challenging and whoever cut it loves the hell out of logs.

Main kudo is that it is so close to Charlotte and amazingly uncrowded despite that fact.

Customer Service

Take the West trail first to warm up and then the East one. Two laps is very doable.

Similar Products Used:

Catawba, Beech Spring

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 22, 1999]
Jerry

Very technical. Not much room for speed or ramps, but a challenging ride. Both sides are relatively short, so I suggest either riding both loops or riding the outer and inner loops of the softball field side. There are plenty of roots and logs in the path on both sides. The softball side has more room for speed, if you ride the outer loop.

Customer Service

Riding both sides in a few hours is doable. I prefer to start and finish at the tennis courts.

Similar Products Used:

Catawba

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 08, 1999]
db

Trail is very, very overrated. The locals will cuss at you that there is only one direction, but checking with the club, trail goes either way. One fair climb, one ok whoop-de-do, and not enough logs. Don't go hear if you want a workout. Great trail for beginners or if your time is limited (why not drive 15 more minutes to Catawba Riverfront?). Local riders are unfriendly and trail stays wet alot, but this is Charlotte.

Customer Service

Like to ride the softball area, then tennis courts, then softball area again.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 06, 1999]
Russ Langley

As a member of the Tarheel Trailblazers, the club that built this trail, let me clear up some of the confusion. This trail is technical and fast, if you know how to ride that type of terrain. It is a trail that is easily accessible and you can get as much of a workout as you want. This trail will sharpen your bike handling skills. There is one correct direction. Follow the green arrows that will give you the race course route. 6.5 miles.

Customer Service

Park behind the ballfields and do the loop that heads toward the Tennis courts. Start off by following the obvious trail across a field which then dives into the woods. You should finish the front loop by coming up a short gravel road back into the parking lot. The second loop starts halfway down the lot you are parked in.

Similar Products Used:

Catawba River Front Park, UNCC, Beech MTN Mountain Bike Parh ( Poplar Tent)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 09, 1999]
KP

Good mix of terrain to build your skills. Rocky creek crossings, tight singletrack, log jumps, moderate climbs, tight - fast downhills and a mix of whoop-de-woos keep things interesting.

Trail is well maintained and not very crowded for an 'urb'.

And, the trail is uni-directional - as indicated by the 50 or so arrows that point out the intended direction at every turn!!!

Customer Service

Tennis court loop, then Colesium loop

Similar Products Used:

Catwaba, Poplar Tent, University, Cane Creek

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 21, 1999]
Craig

I ride these trails a lot because they're on my way home from work. I can usually get in a pretty good ride in 1.5 hours. The tennis court loop is definetely the thinking-man's loop. It will keep you on your toes with lots of logs, roots, and whoop-de-doos. Decent uphills can also be found on this loop.

For all out speed and more than a few surprises for the first-timer, the coliseum loop is what you want to ride. It's mostly downhill with a fair bit of logs and jumps. There is one creek-crossing whick is bridged with large rocks (rip-rap) It comes up fast after a blind curve and if you don't follow the right line, you will continue forward motion while your bike remains at rest. In other words, you will become one with mother earth (as I did).

Overall, Its a pretty fun set of trails although not quite on the level of Catawba. I give it four wheels based on accessibility and lack of crowds.

Customer Service

for all-out speed, the coliseum loop. For a decently technical ride, the tennis court loop

Similar Products Used:

Catawba river mtn. bike park. Auto Doctor, Beech Spring.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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