Blue Clay Road - Trail, Wilmington, Carolina

Blue Clay Road - Trail, Wilmington, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

The trail at Blue Clay is a valiant attempt to build a mtn bike trail in the super-flat coastal plain of NC. The trail is clean, but not very well thought out. It seems that the trail was designed on foot with no regard to riding a mtn bike on them. Average speeds while on the trail are slow. The turns are much to tight for bikes, though they can be navigated at slow speed. The log crossings are poorly built and dangerous. The bridges on the other hand, are nice. There is no place where you can really open up into any type of sustained rythym. With riding the trails will improve somewhat, but future loops need to be considered.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 18, 2012]
FTT
Cross Country Rider

WENT FOR A RIDE ON THIS TRAIL WITH MY COMMUTER BIKE AND HAD A GREAT TIME NOT A BAD TRAIL GREAT SHADE

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 06, 2011]
seaweed
Weekend Warrior

Decided to give it a try. Been procrastinating because I just figured it was a wilmington trail(no fun). Well, all in all it's a nice trial for more of a slow relaxing pace. Nice little bridges. No sketchy areas where you'd get hurt. Easy exit options access throughout the 6.5 trail if you wanted to split at the 1, 2, or 3 mile maker(marked "trailhead"). You can't really get speed up in too many places except some areas after the 3 mile mark once you cross the road. And even then, it's more of a zig zag attempt to make the trail longer. But this is where it becomes somewhat hilly, less roots, and a good workout if you push it hard. The roots from the beginning to mile marker 3 get pretty large and annoying, so don't do this with your beach cruiser. It's nice to have front shocks. The jumps are awkwardly placed for the speed freak in you..so needless to say, they didn't amount to much, except if i stopped turned around, went back and evaluated to hit them again. Then again there's the clay bowl designated for the jumps and bmx airs. Will go again one day.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 13, 2010]
cactuspete1972
Weekend Warrior

Good trail considering how flat the area is. Trail is built over an old landfill giving it some small hills to climb. Could have been designed with a little more thought, definitely some hard turns and tons of roots. Swampy in some areas, sandy in others. Trails are covered by a thick canopy of trees, giving shade on hot days. Boggy ponds and stagnant creeks give the area a creepy feel especially at dusk. Spiders, spiders, spiders … Don’t be the first person to ride in the morning as big banana spiders make webs across the trails that cling to you like tape. There are a couple of jumps that are hard to get big air on due to the approach. Nice pump track made of clay that I never see anyone on. I give it 3 stars because it is a good trail if you consider the area.

Similar Products Used:

Tsali NC. About 6 hours away.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 25, 2010]
darrinw2001
Cross Country Rider

This trail has a little something for every rider! The beginner trail is a great warm-up for the intermediate trail that has some nice rollers and twisty, rooty, track. The advanced trail is a great combination of nice switch-back climb and descents that give you a great work-out! Not really a destination trail, but if you live in or are traveling to the Wilmington NC area, bring your bike! You wont be disappointed! This is a very solid trail system and the older reviews (pre-2007)really do not do it justice...

Customer Service

the whole loop is a little over 7 miles in length. Start with Beginner loop, to intermediate, to advanced! There are bail-outs handy if needed

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 14, 2010]
Streamline.by.design
Weekend Warrior

6 miles of fun and technical riding. The trail builders did a great job with what they had on hand.

I do have to say that this year the group I ride with an myself were very disappointed with the changes made. If I hadn't ridden the trail before this year I would have thought it was great, but this trail used to have a freeride touch to it that you didn't find often. Every time we turned a corner expecting to see a favorite feature it was gone.

Come on people, quit taking the fun out of riding!

Customer Service

The full trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 11, 2009]
geoffrey schoenbaum
Weekend Warrior

rode this 4-5 times while at the beach. as stated in description, it is about best trail one can imagine on a coastal plain. think 8 miles of trail packed into 10 acres. that said, it was fun with lots of tight switchbacks and quick ups-and-downs. no serious climbs to mention. but if you work out a loop and try to do it at speed, it is mildly challenging and fun for a visiting workout. as nice as it is and as much work as was clearly put into it, if i had to ride this regularly, i'd have to shoot myself.

Similar Products Used:

i was told by a regular there, that this is it!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 17, 2009]
zracre
Weekend Warrior

The trail description above is way off currently. This trail offers a 6+ mile loop (including the 3 sections, beginner, advanced and expert loop) that is alot of fun and has some quick challenging sections. the first loop (beginner) is about 1.3 miles long and is a good warm up. You cross some power lines into the next section (intermediate). I like this section as it is rooty and technical to go fast. the final section is a road crossing to the "hilly side". this is a fun loop in itself with lots of ups and downs. the trail as a whole is not too difficult but a great workout and a challenge to put together a fast lap. The trails progress in difficulty so it is great for someone new to start easy and go from there. If it gets too difficult it is easy to back out or skip sections as skills increase. It does get wet out there so I wouldn't reccomend after a rain (it gets rutty and muddy).

Customer Service

It is pretty short so start at the beginning and try all the sections.

Similar Products Used:

Bicycle post trails, Greenville NC

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2009]
trdhman
Downhiller

Although i chose this trail for the obstacles which have been torn down, i really did enjoy it. a lot harder then i thought.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 22, 2009]
Sir Race -A-Lot
Racer

Trail length is up to 6.5 miles with plans of increasing to 8 miles very soon.There will be more climbs added.The parking lot side of the trail is very flat but rooty,this trail has broken alot of frames in a short period of time.When you cross Juvenile Center Rd you are on the hilly side which is my favorite part of the trail.Very fun trail to ride.Lap times range from 35min to 60min a lap.

Customer Service

Entire trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 19, 2009]
Van-Go
Weekend Warrior

You can disregard every review prior to 2007 for this trail system. Same goes for the description at the beginning of this page. The folks who have worked exhaustively on these trails have done an amazing job at bringing a quality trail network to the beach. "Moutain biking in southeastern NC" may sound like a contradiction in terms but there are plenty of mounds, hills, turns, and technical features to keep you busy. You seldom have a chance to relax as the designers have made the most use of the terrain. This place has emerged as a destination worth driving to for mountain bikers in the region and the premier trail in the area for locals. The trails wind through the pines allowing riders to cross water by bridge, and lowlands by wooden "sidewalk." Once you think you're only on a ride in the woods you have to deal with whoops, as well as short but steep hill climbs and descents. You never get a break. It's a fun trail that will test you.

Customer Service

All of it - my least favorite is the "middle section" and my favorite is probably most referred to as the "hilly side." It's all good - just follow the trail placard at the parking area.

Similar Products Used:

UNCW in a pinch.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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