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Hobby Park

Average Rating:    (4.02 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 46

6 miles of single track and open medows with lots of short steep climbs and downhills with some log and water crossings and one very big soap box derby hill.
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Latitude
35.28150065789119
Longitude
-80.4638671875
Trail Directions
take I-40 to the Hanes Mall Exit and turn left. Turn left at the stop light just before Stradford Rd. in front of The Village Tavern Restaraunt. At the end of that road take a left and go about half a mile entrince to park is on the left. park in gravel parking lot
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Winston Salem
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Review Date
November 17, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: appstaterider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I really just got into MTB this year and Hobby was a tough place for a beginner. Many of the climbs are short but steep and techy, with a couple longer climbs thrown in for good measure. However, the downhills after the climbs are long enough for the legs to recoup for the next up. There are several fast, bermed corners, a few jumps, log crossings/pyramids, rock gardens, a crazy fun downhill gully run in the third mile, and enough roots to keep you on your toes. It was a great accomplishment the first time I made the entire run without leaving my bike! My one complaint is that it could be better marked, but you figure it out after a couple laps.

Recommended Route:
The trail head is on the left as you top the entrance hill. There are a couple to several people riding at any given time and I've never seen anyone riding the trail the other direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tanglewood, Horizon Park



Comments
appstaterider (11/18/2011)
There are a couple shady dudes who hang out at the park. I see one of them, who drives a black Lexus SUV, walking out of the woods from time to time and he clearly hasn't been hiking, if you know what I mean. Fortunately, I think he is just a voyeur and you are safe if you just ignore him. He's fat so he can't catch you on your bike anyway!
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Review Date
April 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rusty904 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been riding this trail regularly ever since I came to WFU. It's 7 miles of good singletrack with a good variety of technical features including small drops, steep descents and climbs, anf flat and bermed corners. A good workout as you are almost constantly climbing and descending, most of the climbs are short but very steep and there is no break between climbing and descending you better change gear fast! I consider it an accomplishment to take a full lap without stopping.

The trail drains very well, in all but a few area and is usually good to ride the day after rain. Some of the flat corners get pretty sketchy especially after a race so be ready for some tail-out action. Among the new additions it the fun little gap at the trailhead and the addition of berms to the long descent at the halfway point. The DS course is not great for learning how to jump. The lips are almost vertical and there are few mild table tops. It's in a pretty poor state right now.

Overall, the best trail in Winston. It has gotten a bit tiresome and has long ceased to challenge me technically. It could use a couple of alternate roots with free ride elements and jumps to make things more interesting. The terrain has lots of potential for new additions.

Recommended Route:
Park in the upper lot. Hit the jump next to the wooden sign from the parking lot, from there follow the logical path, if there is no arrow at a fork, stay straight! At the end if you want a bit more don't go straight to the parking lot, take a right for one more fun downhill which will take you past the DS course and into the field or you can go straight into the ds course. Then you get a good road climb back to you're car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have time, make the trip to Dark Mountain in Wilkesboro, it's well worth the hour trip. It's the best trail system short of the mountains. For variety I ride horizon, but it's not as much fun or well maintained. If you want something more gnarly, try Salem-Lake



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Review Date
June 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: capt. al ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail if you just go with the flow. Trail is not well marked, but is well taken care of. About an hour ride, at moderate pace. Good ups and downs, several bridges, and a practice course for those who like to jump. Worth a 30-60 minute trip.

Recommended Route:
Leave from the upper parking area.



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Review Date
April 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Steve030687 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trial multiple times a week when I just want to go out and work up a sweat. I think it is a great trail and it is difficult with out being impossibly hard. There are a lot of great climbs and some technical riding, but not much. I think that a rider of any skill lever can find some enjoyment in Hobby. All of the trail is around the center field in the park. Your bike can break and you are no more than a mile from your car.

As far as the people are at Hobby. There are a ton of bikers, families, and model airplane people; the atmosphere is great. I have read some of the reviews and it seems the others have had seen more of the men of Winston than I have. I find that there are just random men walking around; what they hell they are doing, I don't know. I just focus on the trail.

Recommended Route:
Start past the wooden sign in the parking lot and just go. There are a lot of opportunities to take shortcuts in the trail, but I suggest you do not take them.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Owl's Roost



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Review Date
February 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dwayne Puckett ,  Racer

Summary:
It is a good trail for training. it is very well maintained and built. there are some good climbs. Some technical sections for a newb. A good trail.

ps Watch out for all the queers hangin out by the trash can.

Recommended Route:
opposite of all the queers

Other recommended trails in the same area:
tangle wood not as many queers



Comments
josephgrimes (03/17/2009)
learn some new vocabulary words.
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