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Blue Clay Road

Average Rating:    (2.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

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.
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Latitude
34.3227400894349
Longitude
-77.89233684539795
Trail Directions
Proceed north out of Wilmington on North Kerr Avenue past Laney High School. Turn left on Blue Clay Rd. Take first right onto Juvenille Center Rd. Park in grass field at end of dead end road. Trail begins along powerline grade.
Trail Length
1.3 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Wilmington
   


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Review Date
August 18, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FTT ,  Cross Country Rider

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



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Review Date
March 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: seaweed ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
November 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cactuspete1972 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tsali NC. About 6 hours away.



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Review Date
August 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: darrinw2001 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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...

Recommended Route:
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



Comments
darrinw2001 (08/26/2010)
here is a nice video of the trail I shot with my 9 year old son http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doe8ivPoEys
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Review Date
October 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: zracre ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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).

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bicycle post trails, Greenville NC



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