Home of Mud, Sweat, and Gears, as well as several other races all year round. Trail is well marked, and new trails were just put in in the last two weeks. Lots of ups and downs, hill climbs, and fast sprint sections. Several easy to very technical log crossings, guaranteed to throw you off at least once. This trail just got extended, we rode for at least an hour and ten minutes and never hit the same trail twice. Unfortunately when it rains, some of it goes underwater, you might get wet, but overall you can't beat this trail for its speed, its hills, and log crossings. Better than the Pyranna Pit, and probably up over the Air Station, its just pure fun through the woods.
Take 24 to Camp Lejeune, go through the main gate, follow the highway until you get to the first left turning lane. Approx 5 miles. Take a left, go through one light, make a right at the second light. Trails start down tank trail to left. Parking in grass next to tank trail.
Summary: Located on base just to the left of the Brig (jail). You start off from a fire-break (tank) trail and head into the woods. From here, there are no signs and the trail is not maintained. I rode on the trail during 14-17 June 2010. The trail was not maintained, cut back, or otherwise cared for since, I would guess, winter ended. I stopped to carry the bike across a ditch and was attacked by black flys. As I hurried to get across so I could get away from those things, I noticed a Tick crawling up my leg. I pulled it off and kept riding, only to find that I was lost and the trail would just abruptly end. More than once I had to turn around and head back in the direction that I came from. I got tired of this and headed back to my vehicle, via a fire-break road. Once there, I pulled another tick off me and proceeded to the hotel. On the route to the hotel, I had to roll down the window and toss ticks out of my car. Once in the hotel parking lot, I again pulled more ticks off (deer ticks too). I showered and went to get something to eat, and yet again, more ticks. Okay. So I got over all this, with little sleep because I felt like things were crawling all over my body, got home (Virginia) and discovered that I had chiggers too! Lastly, I ended up with poision ivy AND chiggers. I'll always remember this ride so I guess you can say that IF YOU RIDE HERE, YOU'LL HAVE A MEMBERABLE RIDE.
Recommended Route: Don't ride it.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Highway 17 or 24.
Summary: Good trail. Provides a variety of obstacles, switch backs, short climbs, and short down hills. Because I work on base, I try to ride this trail at least once a week. Every Tuesday and Thursday, until February 2010, there is a group ride at 11:30 A.M. I've never participated, but sounds like fun. I believe the Tuesday ride is for beginners and the Thursday ride is for more advanced riders. Make sure you lather up with bug repellent. I got a bad case of the chiggers the first time I rode this trail. As for the best time to ride this trail, in my opinion it would have to be when it is raining. Believe it or not, the trail doesn't really get that muddy. Some portions will have puddles, but nothing a bike can't cross.
Recommended Route: Part of the trail has been cleared and built over recently interrupting the flow of the trail; but no worries. Once you come upon this "interruption" just turn around, take a left on the gravel road you passed over prior to the "interruption," follow the gravel road, go past the manmade structures, and look for the trail on the left side of the road.
Summary: Great fun! Twisty, technical and fast! Very well maintained and worth the stop to get a pass. About 5.8 miles long and can be completed pretty quickly, it took us about 35 minutes to finish, with a mph range of 9.2-10.6 depending on our drive.
Summary: This is a fantastic trail for the flatlands- well maintained and constantly evolving. It has a little of everything, made for bikers by bikers- FAST safe structured bridges, sucking sand, black mud, burst uphills, short drops, and roots by the millions. The big log crossing is the highlight for me- but opinions vary. I can't tell you it is world class, but it is a world class job done by the local bike club (down east cycling) with the materials nature provided.
Only two issues I have- trail is marked very well in some places and not well enough in others. After someone has shown you won't have a problem- but you better be watching when it merges with tank trails and then splits again, otherwise you will be wondering around looking for a little bit. Next are the bugs. My God the bugs are aggressive blood sucking malicious vandals. My advice is DO NOT STOP in the warm months unless you intend on donating copious amounts of blood. There is no negotiating with them- bug spray just lets them know you are coming. My best advice is for you to talk your least favorite riding buddy to ride point- when they start screaming drop to a smaller cog and double cadence. Prayer may work but I think they must pray too."God is great God is good let us thank him for our food..."
Recommended Route: If you have a base pass and don't know, ask the Marines at the gate. If you don't have a pass- ask the pass office person while you are getting one. It is easy though- just realize the trail head starts probably 100 meters or so down the road you are parking next to- on the left.
Other recommended trails in the same area: "minnow pit" at MCAS Cherry Piont; Landing on hw58 is decent but not technical by any means.
Summary: One of the best maintained trails I've ever seen. This trail rocks. The obstacles are semi-abundant and are always in tip-top shape. It's great. When a log pile starts to get old, it disappears and a new one is built somewhere else. I really feel like a freeloader when I ride this trail. I clear felled trees when I come across them (or stack on it to make a pile), but that's the extent of my efforts so far. I suppose I will finally have to make one of DEC's meetings. Anyhow, if you haven't ridden it yet, you're missing out. I talk to people once a month who road-trip from different states to ride this trail, and they always love it. Bottom line, if you like XC riding with a hint of danger, this trail is for you. Thanks DEC!
Recommended Route: Use directions from other reviews to find the trailhead which is clearly marked. There are two or three obstacles which can be dangerous to beginners, so be careful.
Other recommended trails in the same area: New River Air Station
Haywood Landing (part of Croatan National Forest)
Anything else requires a road trip.