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Centennial Campus

Average Rating:    (4.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 43

First and foremost, I'm not sure that this trail is really accessible to the general public. But I have never seen any signs stating otherwise, so until someone tells me different I will continue to ride these trails. The trails are located on what is called Centennial Campus and is owned by NCSU. But since NCSU is land grant public institution (and I'm an alumni) the land is techincally owned by the public - therefore we should be able to ride it!!! No wonder I didn't become a lawyer... Anyway, these trails are still a lot of fun. As I have explained in my directions, once you are on the main fire road you have a lot of choices. IF you want to hit some easy single track and fun fire roads, take the first right off of the main fire road. It will take you to a "cross-roads" and you can either take a right for an easy single track loop oor go right for a short little section of single track which leads to some cool fire roads and offers a spectacular view of downtown Raleigh. But for the more serious bikers, stay on the main fire road until you see some trails leading off to the left. These are all great single track trails. I will warn you that the place is now like a maze and it will take awhile before you can establish some good loops. But these trails offer some awesome drop-ins (best in the area), a couple good climbs, a few switchbacks, and a real nasty off camber climb that you DO NOT want to fall on. Because the lake (Lake Raleigh) is now dry (although they are rebuilding the damn as I am posting this message), there are many parts of the trail that you can get seriously hurt if you take a spill on the wrong side. Great cardio work out too if you know which trails to take. But don't ride this place when it's wet!!! Erosion is a problem and it's just tool nasty to enjoy when soggy. Techincally speaking, these single tracks have portions that are, in my mind, the most challenging in the area (that includes Rocky Road). But overall, I think it is just a notch below Rocky Road because you can catch you breath on these trails. But as I said earlier, there are a lot of other trails/fire roads that wind around the open areas of the campus that beginners can really enjoy. So make sure to hit this if your in the area and it hasn't rained recently. BTW, if this trail should not be advertised, my apologies. Goto Dunn Road, Lake Johnson, Rocky Road, Crabtree Lake, 1st Class instead.
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Latitude
35.77130771454727
Longitude
-78.67790222167969
Trail Directions
Take Beltline to the Gorman St. exit. Which ever way you are coming on the Beltline, make sure to get off the exit which takes you to NCSU (the signs will tell you). Then take a right at the first stop light (at the gas station - Amoco?) and go all the way to the stop sign. Take a left and then look for a dirt road on your right called Crump Road. Take Crump all the way to the new construction and park somewhere so that the trucks can get buy your car. Now just take the fire road (basically an extension of Crump Rd.) to where you'll see a trail breaking off to the right or keep going and look for trails branching off on the left.
Trail Length
a lot
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Raleigh
   


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Review Date
October 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Don ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Update on access and legality of riding these trails: I went to try them out from the Crump Road side, but found that the University has planted signs all over calling it a "Natural Area" and prohibting bicycles. They also prohibit trespassing during hours of darkness. I haven't checked any other access points but imagine they are signed as well.



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Review Date
March 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DC , from Raleigh

Summary:
First, a note to Dan in the 3/23 posting. The trail to Avent Ferry (across from daycare center on Trailwood)was wiped out by Hurricane Fran in 1996 and it would take too much work to clear. Besides, some of this area is low-lying and would stay wet. Trail Conditions Update: Finally, it looks like all the trails are open after ice storms. The trails still dry fairly quickly after rain. There is a new connector between "Schoolhouse Loop" (trail in front of school off hard surface road that covers both side of right of way) and Crump Road trails as well as old x-country trails up near I-440. Thus, you no longer have to stop on edge of the right of way and carry bike across logs. There are a lot of new small loops off the Schoolhouse Loop. These add about 30% to ride time for the main loop and some of the pyramids and other challenges make this trail a little more interesting and scenic. A couple of the newest small loops have a short but steep hill section that is best ridden in reverse order so you can go down the hill. Don't know how much longer we have on these trails, especially the Crump Road portion down toward the dam. Ride when you can!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morrisville (check status as some parts may be under development, Hog Run, Rocky Road, Lake Crabtree, Chapel Hill (Estes Drive), Sanford area trails



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Review Date
March 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Raleigh, NC

Summary:
First time I've been back on these trails and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't find a trail to exit onto Avent Ferry, other than blazing through rivercane and fording two streams. I didn't see any of the ladders people recommend below...? Quick trails though, and still well blazed. I would have liked more jumps, but a couple drops would have sufficed too. I didn't see but one set of jumps. Anyone know where the ladders are or a trail that goes to Avent Ferry? See you out there!

Recommended Route:
From Crump road, just pick a trail and go!



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Review Date
December 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DC , from Raleigh

Summary:
Ice Storm Update # 2: Loop Trail in front of school entrance (off hard surface road) is completely open and in excellent shape. this course is fast and dries well after rain. There still is a bike carry near edge of right of way if you want to go east toward old cross country running trails near I-40. The small jeep road connector between two primary courses has had fallen pine limbs removed. As to Lake Raleigh loops off Crump Road, most trails are open but a few sections still have heavy limbs that need to be removed.



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Review Date
December 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: DC , from Raleigh

Summary:
Ice storm report: Essentially all of the fast loop trail that jumps off the hard-surface road near the front entrance of the school is open, though there is one bike carry area where either a chain-saw or rerouting will be necessary to clear large fallen limbs from hardwood trees. The worst damage on this side of the school is the large number of fallen pines covering the connector trail that runs from the right of way corridor to the old X-country trail across the creek and near I-440. The fallen trees are at the edge of the right of way where the connector trail breaks off from the front of school loop. I am afraid to look at Lake Raleigh woods trails near back of school. For now, I'll just do loops on trail described above. It looks like we're in store for wet winter and these trails dry quickly.

Recommended Route:
Park offsite or on beginning of Crump Road and ride down hard surface road toward front entrance to school. As you approach school, look for trail heading into woods on right side of the road near two large pine trees. Follow trail all the way around to right of way. Cross right of way and take a left to complete loop. If you go right after crossing right of way you will go through short strech of woods to a junction. Left will take you on short trail to connect with primary trails overlooking Lake Raleigh. Right at junction takes you down to creek crossing and up to pine thicket trail and old cross-country running trails



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