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Smith Lake

Average Rating:    (3.1 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 50

3 trails running together for the beginner to intermediate riders. Expert riders can have alot of fun on this trail with some speed. Try beginning with the black trail(hardest) first and finish with the green(easy and faster). Fun at night also. Kudos to Hawley's bikes and Smith lake for the upkeep of this new trail.
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Latitude
35.1006700750712
Longitude
-78.92457962036133
Trail Directions
HWY 210(Murchison Rd) to Smith Lake sign. Turn right at the dirt road about 1 mile in before th entrance to the Lake. Trail is marked with a wooden sign with parking and a couple picnic tables.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fayetteville/Spring Lake
   


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Review Date
January 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sterling Archer ,  Racer

Summary:
Just terrible. The trails were bad enough last year, but ever since the tornado came through, they still haven't picked up all the garbage. Adding to that, somebody decided to clear out most of the green trail's trees, making massive bulldozer scaring on the ground. So now green trail is extremely ugly. Black trail is even worse. Whole chucks of the trail are missing because they've just cut down tons of trees. I'm not sure if it's a funding issue or nobody at FT Bragg MWR cares, but it seems like they're purposely trying to get rid of these trails, which is a crying shame because it's the only legal place for those of us around Fayetteville to ride. Oh, and as a tell tale sign of how bad the upkeep is on the trail, they've still got tape and signs from the Xterra race there. That was in July! Xterra seriously should move their race up to Raleigh. Smith Lake doesn't deserve their business.

Recommended Route:
Drive to Cary and ride up there



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Review Date
August 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: RSWMTB ,  Racer

Summary:
These trails suck. There is so much potential and great terrain if a concerted trail building effort was applied here, but it isn't. The Ft. Bragg MWR handles "trail maintenance", and their answer to erosion and trail damage is to DUMP MORE SAND on it...curves and turns are harrowing and I've relaced many a folded wheel from my riding buddies due to the deep sand turns. And the sad thing is: They (MWR) EXPECT YOU TO PAY TO RIDE HERE...


Recommended Route:
Green-Blue-Black-Repeat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you want to ride good singletrack, Governor's Creek and San Lee are within 40 minutes of Ft. Bragg. Don't waste your time at Smith Lake until a serious effort is shown to bring these trails up to their potential.



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Review Date
October 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mike7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I Lived here a few years ago and these trails were ok. Just returned to the area and went out to ride and the trails do not seem maintained anymore. Maybe it is just the end of summer, but there seems to be a lot more soft sand than there used to be. Which can be fun, sorta. The few obstacles the trails do have seem to be falling apart. Some areas actually look like a motor cycle did some damage too. The trails have plenty of potential, just need some love.

Recommended Route:
Green - Black - Blue - Green



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Review Date
August 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GIjake ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time this week and only completed the green and blue trails before I had to head off to work but the trail was pretty fun. It has been really dry here so the sand was extra soft and lose which was a pain but for the lack of other options it is not bad. Going to try it again this weekend after the rain to see the sand packs down and the you can keep your speed up.

Recommended Route:
Green -> Blue -> Black



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Review Date
January 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JJGNC ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail continues to be improved, but many of the trail markings are missing. There are still major areas of concern when it comes to sand, as the neglected areas with major sandtraps are worsening. I've had to walk my bike through some of these areas and that is demoralizing. However, there are other areas that have seen significant improvements over the last couple of months, with some added jumps, improved bridges with some traction material added on top, and a boarded area to cover the worst of a tricky technical downhill, right turn, and steep climb on the Intermediate section. I wish they would concentrate on boarding over those insanely deep sandtraps instead of building new jumps. After fixing those, THEN they should move on to adding some jumps.

Recommended Route:
Expert/Intermediate/Beginner



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