Salem Lake Trail - TRAIL

Salem Lake Trail - Trail, Salem, Carolina

Twisting, rooty, singletrack. Lots of ravines and drop-offs.

User Reviews (23)

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Rob   Cross Country Rider [Apr 17, 2009]

Great trail, lots of nice singletrack, with a good selection of technical features that are challenging, but not awful. Most stuff has a ride around option, and you can get a great flow if you push it. Single speed friendly, but I wouldn't recommend rigid...

Similar Products Used: Horizon Park is great, but shorter and tighter.
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4
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3
kevin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 26, 2003]

Although illegal, and possibly morally reprehensible, riding these trails is an irrisistable temptation at this point. I used to ride them often 4 or 5 years ago, and loved the singletrack and bowls. Now they are twice as good, with many testicle retracting, well built obstacles and drops and flowing jumps. Way to go, whoever has been doing all the great work. E-mail me if you know how I could get in touch with who builds these beauties. I would like to buy them a beer and offer help with upkeep.

Customer Service

leave from linville road end

Similar Products Used: Like hobby park; Tanglewood is nice on a leisurely day when you don't want to break your bike.
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4
VALUE
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3
kevin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 26, 2003]

Although illegal, and possibly morally reprehensible, riding these trails is an irrisistable temptation at this point. I used to ride them often 4 or 5 years ago, and loved the singletrack and bowls. Now they are twice as good, with many testicle retracting, well built obstacles and drops and flowing jumps. Way to go, whoever has been doing all the great work. E-mail me if you know how I could get in touch with who builds these beauties. I would like to buy them a beer and offer help with upkeep.

Customer Service

leave from linville road end

Similar Products Used: Like hobby park; Tanglewood is nice on a leisurely day when you don't want to break your bike.
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4
VALUE
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3
sempertubby   Downhiller [Sep 20, 2003]

Don't stress too much about the trail being "closed". it's been "closed" for years with no actual enforcement other than a few punk BMX kids getting busted for being stupid in the pit. Speaking of the pit...if any locals know who tore down the six pack AGAIN please email me and let me know...i'd like to pay them a visit. this trail is a blast but i recommend riding it backwards once to notice any changes that have been made...and this trail changes frequently. (jumps getting bigger, new drops..etc.) if you don't know how to get to the "freeride" section/trail just ask someone but don't be advertising about it. the best way to keep a "closed" trail from becoming "closed and enforced" is simply not to bring attention to it. the bike shops are saying it's closed to keep the average weekend warrior from getting hurt, thus bringing attention to the trail. if you can find the trail have fun but keep quiet and if you see some riders carrying pallets into the woods...give 'em a hand!

Customer Service

backwards first to make sure nothing's in the way of the landings

Similar Products Used: hobby park DS course, northwood (high point)
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5
VALUE
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4
Airbus   Racer [Sep 13, 2003]

I came to North carolina almost 9 years ago and this was the first MTB trail I rode in the Triad. I still love it but I don't ride it anymore and neither should YOU.This area is closed and everyone at the bike shops will tell you so.You can still ride around the lake on the loop and this route has its uses as well. I used to ride it a lot because a connecting trail began a 100meters from my back sliding glasss door at the Timberline Town home complex.I could begin my ride from the living room of my ratty a** townhome.Not a week goes by that I don't hear someone at the Bike shop say its closed. Its Closed. Its beginning to sound like a broken record. I hear dire warnings of gloom and doom if I were to think of riding these trails but if its so critical then where are the signs? Where are the barricades to block access?? Simple fact is there are none.There are signs but these are the same signs that I saw nine years ago and my buds who showed me this trail said ohh they have been here forever no one cares about them. Even as I hear tales of doom and gloom I have to wonder as I see a pickup truck unloading pallets at a roadside pulloff by the trail head. Any MTBr with half a brain --not you Drew, will know these pallets are going onto the trail.A MTBrs only other choice is a former plantation Tanglewood Park or a reclaimed garbage dump.Nothing like riding over the spoils of capitalism. I say read the other reviews and ride on Thursdays when the Marina is closed. Ohh and be careful, this place can freakin' hurt you. If you know me you will see me, if you see me you will know me.

Customer Service

PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Watch for cats in the woods.There is a feral cat colony up by the townhomes.Some of them are friendly,some are not . I personally have gotten three of my little freeloaders from the woods.

Similar Products Used: A Garbage dump or an old plantation / summer home of RJ Reynolds. umm Nahh, Go to Greensboro ride the OWLS ROOST trails and Country Park
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3
VALUE
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3
LoFe   [Nov 30, 1998]

OK, after a couple people in the Hobby Park reviews recommended this instead I decided to give it a whirl while in the area this past weekend. I have to agree with them that it is a very different trail than Hobby, and in most respects "better". Tighter singletrack, lots of logs crossings, and oh-so-many places to do drop-ins and jumps from the benign to the almost sick. I particularly liked that 8-10 near-vertical drop-in where you start by dropping over a 5" root (you locals will know which one that is).

Heres the rub: Im not entirely sure this trail is legal. At every entrance to the "Salem Lake Trail", which is actually a wide open gravel/cinder road around the lake perimeter, there is signage to the effect that bikes are NOT allowed up in the woods and must stay on that wide (and exceedingly boring) road. The directions Steve from Clemmons (I paraphrased Steves directions for the trail description above) gave get you into the trail at the ONLY point we found where there are no signs like these. Coincidence? Maybe. Are they a seasonal thing? I dont knowlooked rather permanent to me (as opposed to the obviously temporary sign at the main park buildings which said the trails were off limits to everyone for the Thanksgiving weekend). That all being said, I must say there were a LOT of bike tracks out there in the woods. I dunno. It was a great ride, but Id check with the locals/LBSs before hitting them if I were you.

Customer Service

Begin right where the directions above lead you.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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Wally   [Dec 15, 1998]

In reply to LoFe's comments from above, I checked in to the legality of riding this trail. This is what I found out. On 10/30/1998 - I contacted Salem Lake (336) 650-7677, and unofficially, the single track trails are open. The signs that are placed stating that all bikes must stay on the main trail and out of the woods, was put up because the city of Winston-Salem did not create and does not maintain the singletrack trails. And if you ride them, you ride at your own risk. They assured me "unofficially" that no one would be fined for riding the trails.

For more information on trails that are local to Winston-Salem, NC, visit http://www.triadntr.net/~coates

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used: http://www.triadntr.net/~coates
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4
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Scott   [Dec 31, 1998]

I lived in Winston-Salem for almost 8 years and have ridden this trail many times. As has already been pointed out, the trails are "unofficially" open to mountain bikers at your own risk (isn't this usually the case)! The trails are very different than Hobby Park--Much more technical, less cardio, but lots of hair-raising drops, extremely rooty (very slick when wet). You can finish off the single track by taking a fast loop around Salem Lake on the fire road. Overall, a very good trail and definitely worth riding!

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4
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SST   [Mar 14, 1999]

This trail's fun....no real loop, trails go in every direction. This trail has the best gullies of any trail I've ridden, lot's of different lines. It also has lots of logs in every size. Most of this trail is flat, there are a few climbs that will test you heart and lungs (short and steep). Overall it's a very fun place to ride, it's more like a playgound than anything else! There's also a dirt road around the lake that works well as a cool down loop(it's flat as a pancake and about five or six miles). It is one of the most technical trail's around and Because of the technical aspects I'll give it a four.

Customer Service

Linville road (of bus. 40) go down service road to the parking area

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4
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WC   [May 04, 1999]

This trail is great and growing. There are alot of new connecting trails, and I'm finding new gullies (20 ft. drops) that I previously didn't know existed. Lots of roots and logs.

Customer Service

Linville Road, South to botton of the hill. Park in the pull off areas.

Similar Products Used: Hobby Park
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5
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