Centennial Campus - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

Centennial Campus - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

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First and foremost, I'm not sure that this trail is really accessible to the general public. But I have never seen any signs stating otherwise, so until someone tells me different I will continue to ride these trails. The trails are located on what is called Centennial Campus and is owned by NCSU. But since NCSU is land grant public institution (and I'm an alumni) the land is techincally owned by the public - therefore we should be able to ride it!!! No wonder I didn't become a lawyer... Anyway, these trails are still a lot of fun. As I have explained in my directions, once you are on the main fire road you have a lot of choices. IF you want to hit some easy single track and fun fire roads, take the first right off of the main fire road. It will take you to a "cross-roads" and you can either take a right for an easy single track loop oor go right for a short little section of single track which leads to some cool fire roads and offers a spectacular view of downtown Raleigh. But for the more serious bikers, stay on the main fire road until you see some trails leading off to the left. These are all great single track trails. I will warn you that the place is now like a maze and it will take awhile before you can establish some good loops. But these trails offer some awesome drop-ins (best in the area), a couple good climbs, a few switchbacks, and a real nasty off camber climb that you DO NOT want to fall on. Because the lake (Lake Raleigh) is now dry (although they are rebuilding the damn as I am posting this message), there are many parts of the trail that you can get seriously hurt if you take a spill on the wrong side. Great cardio work out too if you know which trails to take. But don't ride this place when it's wet!!! Erosion is a problem and it's just tool nasty to enjoy when soggy. Techincally speaking, these single tracks have portions that are, in my mind, the most challenging in the area (that includes Rocky Road). But overall, I think it is just a notch below Rocky Road because you can catch you breath on these trails. But as I said earlier, there are a lot of other trails/fire roads that wind around the open areas of the campus that beginners can really enjoy. So make sure to hit this if your in the area and it hasn't rained recently. BTW, if this trail should not be advertised, my apologies. Goto Dunn Road, Lake Johnson, Rocky Road, Crabtree Lake, 1st Class instead.

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[Mar 25, 2009]
Ryan
Weekend Warrior

All though i think 80% of these trails have been completely destroyed by NCSU turning it into a f-ing golf course, some decent singletrack still exists that goes around "lake-Raleigh", the trail is seldom used and could use some TLC. im not really sure of the legality of riding here, but ill ride until some tells me not too, and then ill ride the next day. Additionally, there is a winddy (sp) pine tree trail that's between the golf course and school (unsure of its name, i think its an elementary school). Good Luck

Customer Service

Enter trail behind the "lone" building that backs onto the lake, across form the silly golf course.

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3
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3
[Oct 08, 2003]
Don
Cross Country Rider

Update on access and legality of riding these trails: I went to try them out from the Crump Road side, but found that the University has planted signs all over calling it a "Natural Area" and prohibting bicycles. They also prohibit trespassing during hours of darkness. I haven't checked any other access points but imagine they are signed as well.

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1
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1
[Mar 03, 1999]
Ed

I've been riding these trails for around four years and have to say they are some of the best in the triangle area. The variety of trail difficulty is great - tight, twisty level singletrack, easy fire-roads, up and down singletrack - there is something for most every level of mtn. biker. Since NCSU is in the process of "developing" the land, there's no telling exactly how much longer the prime trails will be in existence, so I try to ride the trails whenever possible. As to the difficulty level - the harder trails (to the left off the fire road when coming from Crump Road) are generally more difficult than Dunn Rd or 1st Class but not nearly as brutal as Rocky Rd. Total singletrack length is probably 12+ miles with an an additional 6+ miles of fire roads.

Customer Service

See above

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4
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[Mar 15, 1999]
robert Harper

The entire centenial campus is a wonderful place to ride and offers something for everyone, but more for the intermediate level rider. The hills to the southwest of the lake bed are advanced especially upstream. the views from the hill are good and the dropins are wonderful. The trail has fast parts and for the most part few logs. Some of the trail has been eroded and could use some maintenance. There are several new trails in the uplands. There is enough trail to keep you busy for several hours. There is rarely a crowd.

Customer Service

Agree that Crump Road is best way to get to single tract the fastest. However entering from the north just past Mission Valley shopping center on Centenial Blvd. is interesting There are several fast single tracts leading down to the meadow. On the other side one crosses the creek on the remains of a washed out bridge and into the maze of single tract reviewed previously.

Similar Products Used:

Atlantic Ave. Dunn Rd. Rocky Road

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4
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[Apr 23, 1999]
charlie storm

good trail for training for turns and going around trees.keep out of the fields if you don't want to get a ticket.

Customer Service

I recommend that you park somewhere away from the trails and ride in. these trails are posted no bikes. ncsu security has not enforced it much at all.this week they were giving bikers tickets.I think they are upset about the person who has dug large holes in the ground and made huge ramps for a bmx course in the highly visible area near the cent. campus entrance. try to be inconspicuous when riding here.don't ride when wet.

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1
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[Jun 07, 1999]
Vern

I like this trail best of all so far because of the changes it offers. If you want hard-as-hell technical trails, they're there. If you want nice smooth single track, ditto. But when you want to wuss out, there are lots of fire roads to chill on. I also like the trail becasue there are few water crossings, and most of these can be avoided if you know the trails. But if you like to forge through city runoff, go right ahead.

Customer Service

I usually park at Cent Campus and bike the massive fire road in. All fast downhill to start with which is nice; good warm-up.

Similar Products Used:

none at the present.

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4
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[Sep 30, 1999]
Patrick Turner

These were pretty good and extensive trails, but I've been told Campus authorities are really coming down on those using them. Trails may still be there, but all the entrances are blocked off. Ride at your own risk.

Customer Service

Trail appears to be closed. Centennial Campus authorities have blocked all entrances.

Similar Products Used:

Chapel Hill High School, Rocky Road, Harris Lake, Lake Crabtree

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2
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[Oct 09, 1999]
Jeff

greta trails ride them,, and they are not closed Patrick you just have to know how to get on them, enter on Cenntinial BLVD.

Customer Service

same

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3
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[Nov 02, 1999]
ALLEN

THESE TRAILS KICK ASS. A GREAT MIX OF TECH. SINGLE TRACK W/ FUN DOWNHILL DOUBLE TRACK AND TIGHT , FLAT SINGLE TRACK AND ONE HUGE LOG STACK. I PLAN ON CUTTING IN ANOTHER TRAIL THAT WILL BE ACCESSABLE NEAR THE TOP OF CRUMP RD. DOUBLE TRACK. LOOK FOR IT.

Customer Service

CRUMP RD. DOUBLE TRACK

Similar Products Used:

NEW LIGHT

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4
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[Nov 15, 1999]
Dave

I have used this paradise of 1,000 acres for almost 22 years, running for about 12 and biking for last 10 years (4-5 days a week when not wet). Since the land will be undergoing considerable development during the next few years, especially down near Lake Raleigh and on bottom land near creek (golf course), most campus cops seem not to pay attention to riders, especially since there are many entrances and no signs at most entrances. Still, it is best to not be conspicous. I have never been stopped in all the years I have ridden. At Crump Rd entrance, I find it best to park back out on Trailwood Rd. and ride the short distance in. During winter, a nice entrance is off the Southbound lanes of Centennial Parkway (head South from Mission Valley shopping center to Farmers Mkt. and Lake Wheeler Rd). At the second pulloff where there is a stub and a "road closed sign", park and ride back up paved bikeway about 100 yds. until you see trail going down by fishing pond. This will take you to heart of campus. Once you get to powerline you can see Lake area and forest above lake, which contains the good singletrack. To the right you can go North up powerline trail to north entrance. There are a bunch of single track trails in the south entrance woods that are great to use in winter when Lake Raleigh single track is wet.

I never see campus cops at centennial parkway entrance near fishing pond.

I agree with other reviewers to not ride when course wet due to damage to bike (serious red clay in open areas). Unfortunately, the great single track trails above the lake do not dry quickly in winter due to northern exposure. Again, the woods at the north entrance to the complex dry very well. This area can be accessed by parking on road running by WRAL-TV station or at Mission Valley shopping center. Entrance is about 100 yds. down paved road to right off Centennial Parkway. Just look for bike tire tracks going up an embankment as you enter the bend in the road. You can get a good hour or riding if you hit all these trails a couple of times.

Finally, the fun loop behind the new school will be fully restored once the sewer line right-of-way is finished.

This complex has riding for all levels. It will not be available forever.

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4
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