Atlantic Ave - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

Atlantic Ave - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

technical, short lots of ditches and logs

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 24, 2012]
PlatosGhost
Weekend Warrior

Does anyone know if this trail still exists?? I live close by, but moved to the area after the last post so never rode it. There are fairly new condos/apartments in the area that I fear were built where the trail had been. I went riding, found some construction roads into a large undeveloped area, but can't seem to find the trail. Thx

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 17, 2003]
hiclmbr
Weekend Warrior

AA is back and better than ever, after a good solid workday of cleaning leaves out of the ravines and clearing some branches and trees from the trail. The bridge in the bottom of the far ravine has been fixed. There is a "new" bridge at the top of the same ravine. I just rebuilt and hopefully improved what was there.I don't know how long these trail will be here, so lets ride em while we can.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 06, 2003]
mntnbkr
Weekend Warrior

FYI from the N&O... The News & Observer August 1, 2003 Tract at I-440 and Capital lures third developer Author: Steve Cannon Samantha Thompson Smith; Staff Writers Article Text: For the third time in as many years, a developer has big plans for a 56-acre tract off Capital Boulevard and the Beltline. A partnership of Charlotte developer Faison & Associates, Developers Diversified Realty of Ohio and investment fund Coventry Real Estate Advisors has an option on the property with designs for stores, offices and apartments. The land includes 47 wooded acres owned by Highwoods Properties and nine acres on Capital Boulevard that until last year was the site of a Crown Pontiac GMC Isuzu dealership. A conceptual plan on the Web site for Developers Diversified says there is room for 500,000 square feet of commercial space -- large enough for national big-box retailers such as Target or Home Depot -- but the company said it hasn't determined how much it can build. "Right now, we're just trying to gauge tenant interest," said Scott Schroeder, a spokesman for Developers Diversified. "The project is definitely in the predevelopment phase." The land has had the attention of commercial developers because of its visibility from the Beltline and Capital and easy access for thousands of shoppers who live inside Raleigh's Beltline. Target, Home Depot, Costco and Lowe's Home Improvement are among the large national retailers that have sought locations inside the Beltline during the past three years. Target plans a new store two miles west of the Highwoods site at the redeveloped North Hills Mall on Six Forks Road. Both Target and Lowe's have stores 3.5 miles north on Capital Boulevard. Last year, Raleigh-based shopping center builder Wakefield Associates took an option to buy the 56 acres, but dropped it within a few months when it couldn't agree on a development plan with the city and potential tenants. In 2000, Texas-based apartment builder Riata Development took an option to buy Highwoods' 47 acres, but pulled out a few months later. The site -- adjacent to the old State Farmers Market -- is surrounded largely by warehouses with very little retail. [b] The land itself is hilly and much of it is covered with woods cut by a few rough trails that have become favorites for mountain bikers. Two creeks run through the property. [/b] If the project moves forward, it would be the third turn in the Triangle for Developers Diversified, after a Wal-Mart on Roxboro Road in north Durham and a Target under construction at Beaver Creek Commons in Apex. Faison & Associates is redeveloping South Square Mall in Durham into a center for national retailers, including Target and Sam's Club. On Glenwood Avenue and Interstate 540, Faison is building what will be the largest Wal-Mart in the Triangle. Coventry Real Estate Advisors is a New York-based investment fund that owns 30 properties across the country. Last month, Coventry said it planned to invest $250 million in shopping centers that would be managed by Developers Diversified. Copyright 2003 by The News & Observer Pub. Co.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 26, 2003]
Jay Jay
Weekend Warrior

This trail is still hanging in there thanks to some local (itb) action. It's still the best designed short track in the city (limits). It's only 3.5 miles but it will tax you....hard. Shout out to Andrew..thanks for the work maintaining this oasis!!!

Customer Service

When the road forks, take the path less traveled...

Similar Products Used:

Rocky Road; New Light; Crabtree

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 07, 1999]
Ed

Already reviewed the trail under "Atlantic Av." - Someone needs to get rid of one of these.

Just rode this trail even though I have heard it has been around for awhile (didn't know where it was). But it is worth the effort to find it. Rather short (< 4 miles) but very fun overall. Not very well groomed (thanks mostly to an inordinate number of wind storms recently and the one nasty ice storm in December, also trail does not appear to be ridden very often), so expect lots of leaves and pine straw on the trail along with the occasional large branch and/or downed tree. But still very "rideable" nevertheless. If you go the way I recommended, it starts out rather slow and
mundane, then you get to a sweet ditch section (the trail actually follows inside a very steep dry stream bed) which eventually leads to a bunch of really fun drop ins and log crossings. You will do some climbing out here, but nothing steep (except for the drop-ins) and you can go pretty fast on the down hill sections. I would say the bulk of the trail resembles a sine wave which is perpedicular to the general slope (and therefore the creek beds & ditches as well) of the
land. Nothing extremely technical, but this trail is certainly not for beginners. Eventually, the trail winds you back to a main fire road which will lead yo back to where you parked. Be sure to hit all the loops which branch off the fire road. Finally, two pieces of advice: First, if you follow the trail as I
suggested, DO NOT follow the trail over the big ravine. You will know what I mean if you ride down it (it's about a 15 foot steep drop), it's not that it is hard to do, but it is just a trail exit and goes back to an apartment complex. Instead veer left when you see a trail in a creek bed - this is where it starts getting fun. Second, if this trail doesn't provide you
with enough of a work out, pack up after you're done here and head to 1st Class off of Captital Blvd. - only about 15-20 minutes away.

Customer Service

Basically the same as above, my suggested route once you have parked is go around the red steel gate and look for the trail to your left as you ride down the fire road (maybe 75 yards??)

Similar Products Used:

Crabtree lake, Rocky Rd., Lake Johnson, Centennial Campus, Dunn Rd., 1st Class, Chapel Hill Trails

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 07, 1999]
Ed Brenton

Like the other Ed said, needs some grooming, but a lot of potential.

Some cool almost-half-pipe-like sections through one of the deeper creek beds.(Needs the Binford 2000 leaf-blower treatment though) The guy who set up some of the newer sections at 1st Class trails is having thoughts about doing something with these trails too. I look forward to that. It'd be nice to see more people out here to get these trails a little more established.

Although not as technical as the new sections at 1st Class, I found my self off of my bike way more often here. Mostly due to unfamiliarity, but also do to the lack of grooming. I'm looking forward to hitting these trails again soon.

An easy 3 stars, with potential for 4-4.5

Similar Products Used:

1st Class

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 06, 1999]
Tim T.

I haven't actually been riding here once a week, but I plan to start. These trails are very fun, and very challenging, both technically and aerobically.

Whoever built these trails made very good use of the relatively small area. Besides the jeep trail, it's all single track. There are some very fast sections, some very hard climbs, and plenty of technical spots that would really challenge an intermediate, and maybe even advanced rider. Theres even a few little jumps thrown in at places.

I've only been able to explore the right(South) side of the jeep trail so far, but I plan to hit the other side next time out. Keep an eye open for orange ribbon trail markers. I've ridden here four times, and each time I've found new trails.

The only negative thing about these trails is that they are not maintained very well, although some may consider that a good thing. Last time I was out, there were some trees down blocking some trails, and with the lack of any recent storms, I have to wonder if they were intentionally knocked down by someone. Not to worry though, there are already signs of alternate routs being formed around these road blocks.

Bottom line, excellent trail system for a great workout and technical challenge. I'll have to subtract one tire though for the lack of maintenance.

Customer Service

Go around the red gate, a few yards in take the trail to your left(don't miss it, this part is pretty overgrown right now). Follow this around and around, up and down, till you hit a jeep trail. Turn right on the jeep trail, and a few yards down there is another trail head to your right. When you come out to the jeep trail again, you will be near the bottom. You can take the jeep trail back to the top, or explore the trails on the other side(which I haven't ridden yet).

Similar Products Used:

1st Class, Dunn Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 01, 1999]
REZ

This trail has some potential. It is a bit short, but fun for a short work-out. Make sure to hit the largest loop to the left on the jeep trail after leaving the parking area -- it runs allong the beltline for a short strech. All the trails are fast and not too technical. 3 stars because of the short length and lack of tough stuff.

Customer Service

See other posts

Similar Products Used:

Dunn (use to)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 02, 1999]
sergio

These trails kind of suck. First it is almost impossible to find where they start because there is overgrown shit everywhere. Then the trails are under 8 inches of leaves making it hard to go fast and when you do you will probably hit a hidden root, or stump, or hole. I tacoed my rear wheel trying to go fast on this shit. It is not very technical, but could have potential if cleaned up. It also short. However I predict that someone will fix these trails up since Dunn Road is closing, so if your going to ride there check them out in about two months.

Customer Service

Take six forks till it ends then go straight

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 06, 1999]
Tim T.

Still some downed trees from Floyd and friends, but clean up is coming along nicely.

There may not be LOTS of mileage on these trails, but the mileage that is there kicks my ass every time. Aerobically, these trails beat even Dunn Road.

The trails to the left of the jeep trail look like they're getting more use lately, and believe it or not, I think all the recent rain actually helped remove much of the debris from many of the trails. The trails to the right still need some work though.

Compared to other (whats left of) trails in the area, I still gotta give it 4 fatties.

Similar Products Used:

Uhh.. are there any left?

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RATING
4
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