The trail is not well marked, but there are a couple of laminated signs stapled to trees saying "this way". There are small bridges at creek crossings and one place where the trail zig-zags back and forth across a dry creek bed. You can pick up a lot of speed here and get some air time popping up on the other side! There are also a few very steep ravines to brave, but they have alternate bypass paths for those who don't care for that kind of thing. The trail's short enough that you can ride it two or three times and enjoy the fun spots again!
From Charlotte or Greensboro: Take I-85 to Lexington, then take Exit 94 and go toward town on Old Hwy. 64 which becomes Raleigh Rd. Go about 6 tenths of a mile, then turn left onto Paul Beck Rd. The entrance to the park is the first driveway to the right.
From Winston-Salem or anywhere north of Lexington on Hwy. 52: Take North Main street in Lexington, turn onto east 5th street. The street will change into Raleigh road after the Davidson Plaza (Burger King, Blockbuster, K-Mart). Staying on Raleigh Rd., go past the Correctional Center and over a small bridge. Finch Park is on your right, but the entrance to the park is off the next road on your right at the top of the hill (Paul Beck Rd.)
As you enter the park, the trailhead is on the right side of the road about 3 car lengths from the gate. It is marked with a green wooden post (maybe there used to be a sign on the post). Drive on down and park in the parking area, then pedal back to enter at the green post. The end of the trail is on the other side of the road. I entered at the green post and rode the trail counter-clockwise. If you ride the trail backwards, it will be mostly uphill.
Summary: The trails here have not been kept up. The only available riding is a 10 minute loop in the upper park where the fourwheelers have kept the trail open. There used to be good riding (and running) throughout the park, almost 3 miles, but no one has kept up the trails in the lower end near the creek. Don't waste your time, I've been here for 5 years and used to run it when I was training for marathons, now it's just a "warm up" for Hobby, just a short ride away.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Hobby Park, near Winston Salem
Summary: I can't reccomend this trail. As the previous 2004 post indicates, the trail is in rough shape, not marked and not cared for. It looks like it might have been a fun little place, but now it is not. I
Within 100 yards of entering the trail I was looking for the rest of it since it opened up into a large clear cut area that the park was using for scrap waste. Parts of the trail that I did find were over grown and full of debris. Several bridges washed out and several areas where a bridge probably was there, but no longer.
Part of the trail is for four wheelers and I lost the singletrack again in this area. Nothing was marked.
It's too bad. With a little TLC, this could be a decent trail.
Recommended Route: None.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Poplar Tent.
Summary: Started at trail entrance at park entrance. Went counter-clock wise, trail has good flow, except for the fact that it comes out of the woods several times. You come out and have to look for re-entry. The trail is marked well for the direction, and I feel that more mountain bikers need to ride this. It is close to Tanglewood, not as hard as Hobby, and flows better than Horizons. This is a nice trail with something for everyone. Ride 2-3 times for the trail is 3 miles long.
Recommended Route: Counter-clock wise
Other recommended trails in the same area: Tanglewood, Hobby Park
Review Date July 13, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 2 of 5
Technical Difficulty 2 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Dwayne
, from King, NC
Summary: This trail is in desperate need of attention. It could be really fun, but when I rode yesterday, I could tell, no one has been there in a LONG time. This first section is some nice sweeping singletrack. No major climbs or descents but it was a good ride. At the end, there is a arse-kickin' dropoff that will suprise you. The trail is basically made up of three or four sections, but NONE of them are marked. The second section drops you into an old river bed, which as everybody say, is fun. Once you've bounced around in that, the trail follows the river. This must be an unauthroized section or something the local kids came up with, because it was unmaintained with some of the crudest bridges I've ever tiptoed across. I'm sure that one, a leftover piece of 3/4 inch plywood supported by the base of root system wouldn't hold up my 220 lb ass and bike.
From there, you go back out to the ball field and take the next entrance into the third section. This must have been an old nature/hiking trail since there were all kinds of exercise benches/trainers built in. The biggest ravine looks like FUN, but you can't judge the tree at the bottom. I chickened out and walked it to see. Had I rode down, I couldv'e ROCKETED up the other side maybe 5 feet before I would most definitely been clothes-lined by the tree which leaned over the trail. I'm 6'3", so I set as high as I stand on my bike (like most), but I had to DUCK to push my bike under the tree. Could've been wild, huh? The remainder of the third section is just some nice singletrack along the edge of the river. There are a few washouts that I had to walk around, but the remaining trail is in good condition. However, it gets confusing 1/2 to 3/4 mile past the ravine. The trail gets tangled with an old fire road (?) and ATV trails. I followed what looked like the narrowest paths and it lead me to the fourth section, a greenway.
The greenway, if you dig greenways, was nice, nicer than most. It rolled and climbed like a mountain bike trail, but was wide enough AND smooth enough for a beginner.
This place would be fun with some authorized maintenance. I'd even donate some signs, because it does have potential...
Recommended Route: From the directions I found on here, the "trailhead" actually leads you counter-clockwise. I don't know how you could find your way going clockwise?!?!
Other recommended trails in the same area: Hobby, Salem Lake, Owls Roost
Review Date May 21, 2002
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Chance
, from Salisbury
Summary: Finch park has been expanded. The expansion has knocked-out parts of the trail. This trail is not technical. This is still a good ride if you take a beginner with you or in my case, my daughter. This is not a good ride if you like anything like Beech Spring .
Recommended Route: Counter clockwise.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Beech Spring, UNCC ( hurry before the construction ).