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Salem Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (3.96 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

Twisting, rooty, singletrack. Lots of ravines and drop-offs.
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Latitude
36.102411122843996
Longitude
-80.182546377182
Trail Directions
Take I-40 Business towards Kernersville. Linville Exit. Go straight across to road and at end there will be a gravel parking lot on the left. Park there and ride bike down gravel road and trailhead is on left.
Trail Length
About 8-10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Salem
   


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Review Date
October 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kevin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Although illegal, and possibly morally reprehensible, riding these trails is an irrisistable temptation at this point. I used to ride them often 4 or 5 years ago, and loved the singletrack and bowls. Now they are twice as good, with many testicle retracting, well built obstacles and drops and flowing jumps. Way to go, whoever has been doing all the great work. E-mail me if you know how I could get in touch with who builds these beauties. I would like to buy them a beer and offer help with upkeep.

Recommended Route:
leave from linville road end

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Like hobby park; Tanglewood is nice on a leisurely day when you don't want to break your bike.



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Review Date
October 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kevin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Although illegal, and possibly morally reprehensible, riding these trails is an irrisistable temptation at this point. I used to ride them often 4 or 5 years ago, and loved the singletrack and bowls. Now they are twice as good, with many testicle retracting, well built obstacles and drops and flowing jumps. Way to go, whoever has been doing all the great work. E-mail me if you know how I could get in touch with who builds these beauties. I would like to buy them a beer and offer help with upkeep.

Recommended Route:
leave from linville road end

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Like hobby park; Tanglewood is nice on a leisurely day when you don't want to break your bike.



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Review Date
September 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sempertubby ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Don't stress too much about the trail being "closed". it's been "closed" for years with no actual enforcement other than a few punk BMX kids getting busted for being stupid in the pit. Speaking of the pit...if any locals know who tore down the six pack AGAIN please email me and let me know...i'd like to pay them a visit. this trail is a blast but i recommend riding it backwards once to notice any changes that have been made...and this trail changes frequently. (jumps getting bigger, new drops..etc.) if you don't know how to get to the "freeride" section/trail just ask someone but don't be advertising about it. the best way to keep a "closed" trail from becoming "closed and enforced" is simply not to bring attention to it. the bike shops are saying it's closed to keep the average weekend warrior from getting hurt, thus bringing attention to the trail. if you can find the trail have fun but keep quiet and if you see some riders carrying pallets into the woods...give 'em a hand!

Recommended Route:
backwards first to make sure nothing's in the way of the landings

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hobby park DS course, northwood (high point)



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Review Date
September 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Airbus ,  Racer

Summary:
I came to North carolina almost 9 years ago and this was the first MTB trail I rode in the Triad. I still love it but I don't ride it anymore and neither should YOU.This area is closed and everyone at the bike shops will tell you so.You can still ride around the lake on the loop and this route has its uses as well. I used to ride it a lot because a connecting trail began a 100meters from my back sliding glasss door at the Timberline Town home complex.I could begin my ride from the living room of my ratty a** townhome.Not a week goes by that I don't hear someone at the Bike shop say its closed. Its Closed. Its beginning to sound like a broken record. I hear dire warnings of gloom and doom if I were to think of riding these trails but if its so critical then where are the signs? Where are the barricades to block access?? Simple fact is there are none.There are signs but these are the same signs that I saw nine years ago and my buds who showed me this trail said ohh they have been here forever no one cares about them. Even as I hear tales of doom and gloom I have to wonder as I see a pickup truck unloading pallets at a roadside pulloff by the trail head. Any MTBr with half a brain --not you Drew, will know these pallets are going onto the trail.A MTBrs only other choice is a former plantation Tanglewood Park or a reclaimed garbage dump.Nothing like riding over the spoils of capitalism. I say read the other reviews and ride on Thursdays when the Marina is closed. Ohh and be careful, this place can freakin' hurt you. If you know me you will see me, if you see me you will know me.

Recommended Route:
PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Watch for cats in the woods.There is a feral cat colony up by the townhomes.Some of them are friendly,some are not . I personally have gotten three of my little freeloaders from the woods.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
A Garbage dump or an old plantation / summer home of RJ Reynolds. umm Nahh, Go to Greensboro ride the OWLS ROOST trails and Country Park



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Review Date
May 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from Clemmons

Summary:
This is an awesome trail for intermediate to expert riders. If you are a begginer, don't bother because none of us(the locals) want to scrap your body of the side of a gully and have the trail closed. I'm not saying that to be mean, it's a fact. This trail has A LOT of roots, that will have you hung up everywhere on the climbs(there are quite a few). Other than that, lots of twisty single track, that will improve your bike handling skills. Couple of gullies, one small technical, and one that is a massive, 15 foot drop in type thing. A downhillers dream. A cross country racer's nightmare. Being a cross country racer, I didn't try it until I stared at it and prayed real hard a couple of times. The whole network is a playground, and you can spend a day out there but BRING a friend or dad or whatever because the trails intersect every 50 feet and it is easy to get lost. Have fun but dont do anything stupid to get it closed.

Recommended Route:
Park at the parking lot by the greenway trail. Ride about three quarters of the way around, and you'll start seeing entrances for the single track. Catch an early one so you don't miss the good stuff.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TangleWood's a good recovery or training ride depends on how many laps you do. Hobby Parks good for all around traing, and some of the Cane Creek races are held there. See you there (youll see my back tire heh hee)



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