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NEW LIGHT TRAILS

Average Rating:    (4.23 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 96

TRAILS ARE NEW, SO THEY ARE SOFT AND NEED RIDING. HILLY, ROCKY AND SMOOTH AREAS. SINGLE TRACK AND DIRT ACCESS ROADS. RIDING ON SUNDAY ONLY DURING HUNTING SEASON. THIS IS A STRICT WILDLIFE REGULATION. PLEASE REFER TO THE HUNTING SEASON SCHEDULE. APPROX. 8 MILES AT THIS TIME WITH APPROX. 40 MILES WHEN FINISHED.
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Latitude
36.029527072596295
Longitude
-78.65901947021484
Trail Directions
TAKE HWY 50 NORTH TO HWY 98. TAKE 98 EAST TOWARDS WAKE FOREST APPROX. 2 MILES TO NEW LIGHT ROAD. TURN LEFT ONTO NEW LIGHT ROAD AND GO APPROX. 2 MILES UNTIL OLD WEAVER TRAIL. LEFT ONTO OLD WEAVER TRAIL, GO 1/2 MILE. PARKING ON LEFT AT GRAVEL ROAD. TRAIL HEAD AT CABLE GATE. THESE TRAILS ARE A JOINT VENTURE WITH THE WILDLIFE RESOURCE COMMISSION AND CAN BE TERMINATED. PLEASE READ AND OBEY THE SIGNS AT THE GATE.
Trail Length
8 MILES +/- SINGLE TRACK
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Raleigh
   


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Review Date
August 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: t_roy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
ALthough this past week was my first time riding this trail I plan on riding it again if the chance presents itself. Let me start off by saying that this was a fun trail. Pretty technical, with great swicth backs and climbs and lets not forget those rock gardens. Now for the rest of the review. If you go find a way to print a map of the trails and study it. There was only two or three posted maps on the whole trail, Two of them being at the trail head. Next, If you ride with a buddy you would be doing yourself a favor. I could only imagine the fun I would of had if I would of had a friend with me on this trail. Just me by myself was loads of fun and very challenging especially since I went in backwards. That made it even more challenging I believe becuase some of the climbs. Theres lots of logs down that have make shift jumps over them but when your'e climbing and run up on one it makes it hard to go over. Coming down the hill would have been more fun. Overall, Poor markings, great ride. If the markings was there to let you know how to get around it would be a solid five all the way across the board.



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Review Date
July 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lovetoMTB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am writing this review because the last one was written in 2004! This trail is still in place, it is by far the most technical place in the Triangle area. Since 04, there is a newly built massive rock garden is just sick!!!! I have read reviews of this trail in other places that say it is just too technical and dangerous. Don’t buy the hype, personal skill set does not dictate the quality of a trail. Just an FYI, THIS IS NOT YOUR MAMMAS mountain bike trail or for your friends that are just learning to ride (unless you don’t like them). This trail has several log crossings, one 30 foot log crossing, snake backs, roots, great climbs and did I mention LOTS OF ROCK GARDENS!

Recommended Route:
As far as the route to take, that’s a little tricky. As of today the maps are not 100% up to date (more like 85%), they are fairly accurate, but there is a new trail through the “gauntlet.” If you can make your way to the gauntlet take the man made rock garden and keep going. This is the most technical trail in the part. In general, go counter clockwise along the parameter and you will complete 9.5 miles of riding. If you do the rock garden at the gauntlet it will kick you up to 10.5-11 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you visit the Raleigh area, venture into this trail or Beaver Dam, you won’t regret it! Beaver Dam is the second best trail in the triangle and it’s a 10 minute drive. It covers more ground, but is not as technical.

Here are the direction I got from trianglemtb.com

Directions
Start at Crabtree Valley Mall. Get on NC 50 (Creedmoor Rd) and go North.
When you get to NC 98 turn right to go East on NC 98. You will go about 1.6 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light -- this is New Light Rd. You will cross Falls Lake -- keep going and at about 3.35 mi (from the traffic light) you will see Old Weaver Trail on your left. Turn left on Old Weaver Trail. Go 0.5 mile, and you will see a dirt road on your left with evidence of parking on the side of the road. You can drive down this road for a few hundred feet and park or you can park on the side of road.



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Review Date
October 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: commo_soulja ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My first ride today on this excellent east coast-typical trail - rocky and rooty. Some nice log rolls and hill ascents to make the ride interesting.
Rode all the sections except Burned Out and Left & Right Loop - got to the trail late in the afternoon. Definitely not a trail for beginners and would be a good idea to ride with a buddy. I didn't see anyone on the trail, except at the parking lot.
Trail signs/maps at each trail intersection make it easy to navigate without a buddy who knows the trail.
Overall, one of the premier trails in the Raleigh area, it's just such a hike to get to.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise beginning at the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Crabtree & Hog Run are nice easy trails. Still need to hit the other Raleigh area trails.



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Review Date
June 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Raleigh

Summary:
These trails have EVERYTHING. If you've ridden any trails before, prepare to be impressed. Many miles of trails with great scenery and wildlife encounters without encountering other riders. There are so many trails, I rarely see anybody else out there. Definately recommend riding with others on these trails.

Recommended Route:
For beginner-intermediate...easy street to wayin-wayout to burned out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beaver Dam (unless it has rained in the last week) They close those trails if there is morning dew on the ground!



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Review Date
June 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ryan , from durham, nc

Summary:
Overall, I can't say enough about these trails. To think that some people built these and you can ride them free anytime you want, except hunting season, is great. All skill levels are available here in my opinion. Even some of the best riders will find challenges on some of the hills in the Eastern Territory, right loop in particular. These trails have logs, rocks, whoop de doos (some big ones) everything. Fast trails, technical trails, or trails just to enjoy the scenery. I really can't say enough about it. If you live in the triangle area and find Crabtree easy then forget about it and come here, you won't be disappointed.

Recommended Route:
Way in way out to the Eastern Territory

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Estes drive trails in chapel hill



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