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BeaverDam Trails- Falls Lake

Average Rating:    (3.79 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

As of now, only 3 short loops, trails rate between beginner and intermediate. Trails are new in 2001 so they need to get packed down.
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Latitude
36.024722
Longitude
-78.474722
Trail Directions
North on Hwy 50 from Raleigh (Creedmore Rd) and over Hwy 98. Continue North over the lake. First state park on right is boat ramp, continue to second right, Beaverdam State recreation area. It will cost $4 a car to get past guard shack during the summer. Follow signs to trailhead.
Trail Length
About 7 miles total
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Raleigh
   


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Review Date
July 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Wes T ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Current rate is $6 a car during the summer. 4 trails in all, but really boils down to a few short loops and a 7 mile "South Loop." I rode the South loop and enjoyed it, but I'd recommend full suspension if you plan to really keep any speed through the trail. There are a few fast flowing sections, but most of the trail is solid roots or awkward drops into steep dips. No banked turns, but there are a couple of optional ladders and obstacles to try. All-in-all, it's the best single track riding in the Triangle, but can't compete with the mountains (Wilkesboro & Tsali).

Recommended Route:
Ride the short loops, then the South Loop.



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Review Date
February 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Deaconwillis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail (Red and Blue loops) for the first time this weekend. Red loop to the West was about 2 miles and very easy. A couple of small climbs to get you warmed up for the much longer (about 8 miles) Blue Southern loop. The Blue loop had more technical terrain and longer climbs with a few switchbacks. For central NC it's very hilly. Nice views of Falls Lake. A few nice dips, one ledge about 18 inches high to launch off of, a few tight spots to test your nerve between close trees.
All in all, I recommend this trail for a good workout, and would say riders can choose how difficult they make the ride based on speed.

Recommended Route:
only goes one direction, follow sing at trailhead.



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Review Date
May 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wsmanroe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
simply fast. If speed is your happy place this is it. If you are a slow rider there is nothing hard about the trail. which in a way makes it nice for all levels of riding. There are some harder climbs when you don't carry speed into them. It has enough technicals to keep it interesting for me. If it is to easy go faster.

Recommended Route:
one route, directional

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New Light, more technical



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Review Date
June 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Trek6 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very nice trails for the area. The best so far that I have biked in Raleigh. Started out with West Loop leading into South loop. The West loop gives you a good warm up before you head to the harder south loop. South loop is the longest and most advanced trail that they have. It is a pretty fast flowing trail if you can negotiate root systems. They have a few nice dips and steep drops that you ride down. For the more advance rider when you are on the South loop I highly encourage you to take the Drop Zone trail lots of nice drops in that section. It adds about 1 1/2 to the south loop but is well worth it. Other than that don't pass this trail up.



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Review Date
December 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rebjd1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very well designed trail. South Loop is by far the best, start on the others to get warmed up and then let it rip. Nice terrain with ups / downs, rocks, roots, and drop offs. One of the better trail systems in the Raleigh area. Downside is the $5 fee; wait till winter months and ride for free!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hog Run, Legend Park, Owls Roost, San Lee



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