Jackson Springs - TRAIL

Jackson Springs - Trail, Jackson Springs / Pinehurst, Carolina

Pine tree wooded with mostly hard packed sand single track and some short fire road sections. Very tight in many places and lots of extremely gnarly root sections at creek bottoms. Theres even a couple of small rock gardens. Also nice ponds with creek crossings. Moderate climbs but harder than one would expect considering the terrain.

User Reviews (7)

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sprocket78   Weekend Warrior [Dec 19, 2007]

The trail is no longer there.

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Keith Bryson   [Nov 11, 1999]

Killer track, raced it once and have ridden it maybe 6-8 times and it gets better every time. Course can be as fast as you want it to be with alot of everything thrown in except for monster climbs. Don't be fooled though, has enough climbing in tight singletrack, slightly loose sandy soil to get your heart thumping. Has a great roller coaster section of maybe six large dips that are way cool. Most of the course is single track with some sandy fire road which boarders one or two sides of two nice ponds on the property, single track also winds around some of the ponds and the views are nice, take an hour or two to check this place out and you won't be sorry. Check with Marcus for possible future race info for this killer sandhills track. Much touger ride than Gov. Creek or Devils Ridge. Race couse measured maybe 6.5 mile long. First time go with a buddy so if you get lost ya have some company to explore while you find your way out.

Customer Service

First time I rode this place I had no idea of which trail to take where and just wandered around for an hour or two and seemed to never cross the same place twice. Once you have ridden it a time or two everything seems to fall into place and finding your way is pretty easy. No wrong way to ride, lightly ridden so you should not run head first into any other riders. Check with Marcus at Rainbor Cycles in Southern Pines for permission and directions to this track and I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

Similar Products Used: Uwharrie National Forest. Try to avoid peak time on weekends, getting crowded. Stay off hiking only trails. Gov. Creek, Sanlee, Devils Ridge.
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Ken   [Mar 26, 2000]

Nice place to ride. No big climbs, but lots of tight turns, rolling ups and downs, and the sand keeps it interesting. Great variety from the hard pack sand surface to the twisted roots in the forest. The giant pine cones are obstacles too. There is also a nice little lake to ride along side of. This course was a pleasure to race on, when I get a chance I will come back and enjoy it with some friends. Check it out it's worth an hour or so drive.

Customer Service

I just finished a race at Jackson Springs this afternoon, and we rode counter clockwise. Either direction looks like it would be great.

Similar Products Used: Uwharrie (not on weekends), Devils ridge.
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Ed   [Mar 27, 2000]

Like Ken, I too raced this course on Sunday (3/26/00). In short, it was the best course I've raced. It had tight twisty single track, lots of rooty bogs & soupy rock strewn natural springs, fast fire roads, and a few small log crossings. Perfect race course IMHO. Not too much climbing (like Hobby Park), but enough to really get you huffin & puffin on race day. Not too easy (like Devils Ridge) because of the aforementioned root bogs. And best of all, it doesn't really beat you up (like Governor's Creek).

Also, a quick tip - DO NOT run slicks out here! I tried that for the race and really struggled with the bogs and had to slow things up a lot on the twisty single track.

It should also be said that b/c the trail is loctaed in the "sand hills", there's a fair share of sand out here. Thus, sand mixed with pine straw makes for real tricky curves adn corners when taken at speed. Be sure you have the right tire for this terrain. The infamous bogs also add a real technical aspect that most race courses lack. Many are filled with black water so you don't know how deep it is. And believe you me, some are plenty deep and nasty. Throw in mud encrusted rocks all around said bogs, and you have yourself a tough little obstacle. I think it's possible to ride through them, but during a race it seems more effective to just plow into them, then dismount and run through them. There is also plenty of little "knees" scattered through out the trail. These knees are what's left of a small tree that has been cut during trail construction. A mini-stump if you will. And they also make going around corners that much more interesting - especially at race speeds. Overall though, there wasn't any super technical obstacles like giant unramped logs or ultra steep climbs or 4 foot drops.

But, the trail also offers some nice views of the lakes and as I said, the fireroads provide a nice break from the tight single track.

Be sure to call Marcus at Rainbow Cycling to get permission to ride. Great trail and a big THANKS to whoever built these trails.

Customer Service

Any direction you want to go. However, I will say that this place is rather difficult to find. Once you get on Flowers Road, take it south until you hit the Diggs Road intersection. Then, take a left on to digs road and start looking for a dirt driveway on your left. There is a rock Shox sticker that marks the trail entrance. Take the dirt road a ways (1/4 - 1/8 miles) into the woods and you'll come to area with a network of ldirt roads - park here. The lake should be on your left. The trail head is pretty easy to find once you're near the lake.

Similar Products Used: Governor's Creek, Devils Ridge, San-Lee, and Uwharrie.
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AcunaMatada   [Aug 22, 2000]

Next to some of the Cane Creek Cup race coarses, this has got to be my favorite (Central Carolina Cup Series). Semi-sustained climbs, mud bogs (in the spring), rollercoaster-like flow, and some fast flat sections......a dream to race on! The ponds are a nice scenic bonus (don't know if you can swim in them or not) and the area does lend itself to camping.

Customer Service

From the fire road take the trail leading off to the right.

Similar Products Used: Don't know of any personally. Try asking the LBS.
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Bikeman   [Oct 01, 2001]

Very few rides in this area and this trail definitely needs more tires on it to pack it down. Sandy open sections with slightly rocky sections through the woods . Several creeks to ride along and over. A good workout more than a good ride IMO but if you are in the area check it out.

Customer Service

I rode counter-clockwise but I don't think there would be a big difference either way.

Similar Products Used: Sanford trails
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Teve Torbes   [Jul 29, 2002]

This trail isn't maintaned worth a durn. Lots and lots of potential, but it looks like no one has even ridden it in at least a year.

Customer Service

180 degrees and back to Governor's Creek.

Similar Products Used: Governor's Creek, San-Lee
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