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westwood park mtb trail

Average Rating:    (4.32 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

More technical and strenuous than most trails this length. A good ride with varied terain: climbs, descents, creeks, offcamber and tight portions, etc.
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Latitude
36.50687662812643
Longitude
-80.63072204589844
Trail Directions
Take 52 north past hwy 89 intersection. Travel about 1 mile. Take a left onto Galax Trail. Go less than a mile. Entrance to the park will be on the right. Turn right inside of park, look for trail head sign on the right.
Trail Length
miles 4.2
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mount Airy
   


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Review Date
February 25, 2012

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: kmancrx ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail. I have ridden it twice in the past couple of months. Fairly technical and fun for any of the stuff that is not in the mountains. The trail keepers have not "sanitized" this trail like most of the other trails in the area. They left in the roots rocks and irregularities of the terrain to make this one of the more challenging local trails. Unlike most of the other trails in the area you wont find to many smooth burms. It is an actual "mountain bike trail." I consider it a good trail when I cannot always successfully manage all of the obstacles with which you are faced.

It has some good climbs, fun descents and log crossings.

I have seen people working on the trail and they are cutting in some different trail to make it easier to bail out if you don't want to suffer through all of the climbs.

Recommended Route:
Haven't been there enough to recommend a route.



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Review Date
January 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jake Bryant ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail now has updated map and signs @ trailhead...Basic Loop approx. 1.3 miles, Total Loop/Red Loop approx. 8.3 miles. There will be a few bypasses installed in the next few weeks, should make for a Bypass Loop of approx 4-5 miles. Basic Loop stays on top and fairly easy riding for beginners with options to take Yellow/Intermediate sections along the way to increase trail distance and difficulty. Total Loop/all red and yellow sections will give the rider a good well rounded trail with some tight twisties, long straights, some short technical climbs, creek crossings, logs, and a newly added rock garden...Total trail time approx. 45 minutes to 1.5 hours according to your skill level....Overall trail difficulty I would rate the Basic Loop a 2.5 from 1 to 10...Total Loop I would rate a 7.5 from 1 to 10

Recommended Route:
When entering the trail there are currently 5 major splits, the first three splits will either be a green/beginner or yellow/intermediate arrow, the last two splits will either be a green/beginner or red/technical arrow ...I know this sounds alittle confusing but basically if you make all left/green arrows you will do the basic/beginner loop which is approx. 1.3 miles...OR if you take all right arrows which will either be yellow or red, you will end up doing the total trail loop which is approx. 8.3 miles currently....both loops will end up coming right back out at the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fisher River, approx. 6.5 mile trail in Dobson, NC...Only about a 20 minute drive from Westwood Park....Another great trail thats close and has great flow and is alittle less rooty than Westwood. Total trail time approx. 25 minutes to 50 minutes according to your skill level.



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Review Date
March 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: twobournes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail with some awesome log piles, a really cool creek crossing, some tough ups, and some technical downs. All in all the Trail is very well maintained (as of March 2009). There are some alternate routes that cut out much of the technical stuff (excellent for kids or beginners), but the full loop is quite challenging. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but the map at the trail head is either poorly drawn or simply out of date.
I would advise anyone with any experience at all to try the full technical route to get the most fun out of this course.

Recommended Route:
Turn left as you enter the parking lot and in the far left hand corner is the trail head (beside the map). Enter to the left and follow signage. T=technical, B=basic.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fisher River Park (Dobson) and Matthews State Park (Galax, VA)



Comments
twobournes (11/29/2009)
The trail is no longer well marked, many of the splits are missing their arrows but the technical trail goes either left or straight at the splits; hope that helps. More importantly I hope the directional markers are replaced soon.
NCMt.Biker (08/10/2011)
From what I heard there putting up new trail markers soon
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Review Date
June 1, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: macheat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I was going to Mount Airy two days ago for another function and thought I'd go up early and do some riding. I found Westwood Park on the internet and it was definitely worth the trip. 100% single-track, 100% in the woods, and 100% workout.

My hat's off to the designer(s) of this trail, and to everyone who has put in effort to build and maintain it. Westwood Park is very well designed and is in good condition. Mostly the trail is very established but there are new sections. I rode the entire trail and recorded the distance at almost 6.25 miles. For the most part it is not what I would call a "technical" trail. There are some obstacles, but all are very ridable. The trickiest parts were some tight switchbacks on steep climbs, one of which ended in an unintentional wheelie that sent me off the back of my bike. Fortunately I landed on my feed.

But my description as not being technical aside, the trail does require good bike handling skills and good conditioning. Several of the long climbs had me pushing my bike. There also also sections where drifting off the trail or losing your balance could have painful consequences. Fortunately, some sections of the trail are marked with red markers, and can be avoided by those wanting a tamer, or shorter, ride.

Overall, Westwood gets high marks. The trail is so varied that it reminds me of many of my favorite trails around the Triad, and even Tsali (without the scenic views). What I like is there aren't a lot of roots, and there are many opportunities to let it rip on long descents. Some log piles make it fun, but are pretty easy. It's also nice that there are different routes, so that riders of varying interests and abilities can enjoy it. You can even exit the trail after just a mile or so, if you only want a quick ride.

Recommended Route:
From I-40 in Winston-Salem take 52N 40.6 miles and turn left on Galax Trail. No sign at 52N, but road is marked Hickory if you turned right. -.5 miles on Galax Trail to Westwood Park(you can't miss it) entrance on right. Galax trail is also 0.5 miles after youj pass Mayberry Mall/McDonalds/Pizza Hut. Enter park, turn right, trailhead is on right when you see the picnic shelter.



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Review Date
October 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: urslow ,  Racer

Summary:
Trail keeps getting better with new trail and better signs. the trail is now over 6 miles long with more hard climbs, downhills and difficult off camber sections. I ride it daily. If you can master this trail you can master any trail!

Recommended Route:
coming in the parking lot go to left for basic trail and look for trail head and watch for green direction. Go to right for technical look for trail head and watch for red direction. If riding technical it also includes the basic section of trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
fisher river



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