Mountain biking: Coast

Innovative trail designers along the North Carolina coast show you don't need a mountain to mountain bike.

Coast

1. Bicycle Post, Short Bridge Road near Kings Crossing Road, Greenville. 10 miles. ($2 fee for non EC Velo Club members). Lots of trail on a small parcel of private land (hence the fee) and a remarkable — this is the coastal plain, after all — 500 feet of vertical climbing throughout. Details here or call (252) 756-3301.

2. Blue Cay,  3950 Juvenile Center Road, Castle Hayne (Wilmington area). 7 miles. Great example of a great bandit trail network evolving into a great legal network. More technical challenge than you might expect at the coast. Details here.

3. Brunswick Nature Park, 2663-2677 River Road, Winnabow (near Wilmington). 5.5 miles. New network that continues to grow (eventual build-out of 10 miles is planned, soon). Details here.

Other trails of note: Stoney Creek Trail, Jacksonville.

More info: Singletracks, com, Sir Bikes-a-lot, Cape Fear SORBA (Southeastern Off Road Bicycle Association), Down East Cyclists.

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