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Average Rating:    (3.79 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 42

This trail system incorporates extreme terrain features to challenge the most advanced riders, “all riders must wear helmets”. Main trail head is located in RV campground (take chained off gravel road all the way to the top from paved upper parking lot by the lakes). Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete your ride – park gates are locked exactly at closing time not at sunset so all winter till April that means 5 PM. Park shuts entrance gate ½ hour before closing time. Park has limited parking capacity and sometimes fills up during prime times. Bring the whole family while you ride they can enjoy this great park. Brand new playground / plenty of picnic tables / fishing / hiking / visit the nature center with a great variety of snakes and raptures.
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Latitude
35.48261878788968
Longitude
-79.1264533996582
Trail Directions
Kelly road exit off new 421 bypass to Pumping station rd.
Trail Length
11.3 miles
Trail Level
Physically fit advanced beginner to Expert
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Sanford
   


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Review Date
July 26, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: go-pirates ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode San Lee today for the first time in 2 or 3 years. Wow! The new sections since I rode it last have made this trail much more fun than it used to be. Berms and jumps everywhere. It's quite technical. I've ridden just about everything in the Triad, and Triangle, and San Lee is more technical than anything in those areas, IMO. Many thanks to those who have worked so hard on this trail. Your dedication has certainly paid off.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'm a big fan of Lake Crabtree. But it's different; smooth, and flowing, with less tech…that is unless you can find the…uh, never mind (some of you know what I'm not going to say). ;-)



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Review Date
January 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: neuregel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this twice in the past two or three months for the first time. From what I gather from the others I rode with, the trail has been recently worked on to include deeper burms and a woop secion twords the end of the ride and more trail sections added.

Although there are various climbs and decents throughout the ride, if I remember correctly just about all are switch backed, giving the trail nice flow up and down.

This trail also has a really nice intermediate rock garden section followed by a black diamond rock garden section which can easily be bypassed.

I believe the trails is aprox 10 to 12miles long? I could be wrong. I have not gps it and there are a few bail outs. the first time I rode the trail was covered in leaves and hard to navigate. I came back a month later in dec 2012 and the leaves were blown off the trail. The trail is maintained but not manicured like some other state owned trails so it still has a boot leg feel, which is really enjoyable.

Check trail updates before loading up the car/gear. Trail is closed in wet condions. This is my new favorite mtb ride in the area.



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Review Date
September 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dresdenlock ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
San Lee is probably the better out of the 2..the other is Governor's Creek..which is a great trail in itself...but for me San Lee is the one I ride the most...lots of ups and downs..a bit technical..part of the trail has been redone this past spring and it shows..the new parts are worth it...to me its the hardest trail in the area.

Recommended Route:
clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Governor's Creek/Harris Lake



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Review Date
October 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: conradm351a ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Governor's creek lots of roots!!! trail is fun though, but watch the roots! the up hills, with the roots are terrible !!!!! fun altogether, but like I said lots of roots



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Review Date
May 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Aixtreme89 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
San-Lee Park - First impression was there were a lot of small rocks littered in parts of the trail. A good work out, a lot of climbs. A cool river crossings, one sections of the trail that deviate into some tough rock crawling I believe called the "gauntlet". Another rock crawling section that wasn't as challenging called "free fall" Both sections have a bypass.

Governor's Creek - One of my favorite trails ridden. Some steep dips, overall very smooth. Nice downhills, and fast sections. Everyone should definitely ride this trail. Its one everyone will enjoy.

Devil's Ridge - I think I may have ridden on the motor cross trail, if it wasn't then that trail was terrible. All chewed up from the dirt bikes. Even if it was still isn't enjoyable. Almost the whole area has been deforested, its just a wasteland of dead trees and branches. I can only imagine if anyone road after a rain storm this place would be a mud pit everywhere. I may go back to see if I road the wrong trail but its pretty much not worth it. Go to governor's creek or San-lee which is better in every which way.

Recommended Route:
San-Lee the recommended clockwise route, haven't tried counter clockwise though.

Devils Ridge - Did clockwise but I wouldn't bother going there unless you want to go dirt biking there.

Governor's Creek - Clockwise is definitely the way to go, much more downhills and fast sections, much more enjoyable. I went counter clockwise the first time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bill Hefner, Smith lake in Fayetteville



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