​Hog Run Mountain Bike Trails

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Please review our park rules to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone!

All trails are subject to closure during inclement weather, special events and natural recovery. For updated trail conditions, visit trianglemtb.com or contact the park office.

Additional Trail Resource: mtbproject.com

How does Harris Lake County Park staff determine the status of the mountain bike trails?
We have a scoring system for determining the status of the mountain bike trails. We evaluate 10 separate sections and assign a score to each section. The score ranges from 0 (dry) to 3 (standing water). If the total is 13 or less the trails are open. If the total is 16 or more the trails are closed. If the trails score 14 or 15 the trail status does not change. We check our trails between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to determine their status. We post this status directly to trianglemtb.com. If the trails are open or closed for several days, we do not go in each day to update TriangleMTB but the status is always accurate on that website.
Why do we close the trails?
Wake County Parks' mission statement is: “To provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship through a managed system of parks and open spaces.”
We manage our trails to be good stewards of the environment here at the park.
  • Humans have a tremendous impact on their surroundings and the mountain bike trails are no exception.
  • Rains turn our trails into mud. Bike traffic in such conditions compacts and tears up the soil.
  • Another effect of keeping trails open when muddy is many users choose to ride around the muddy spots. By doing this the width of the trail is increased.
  • Riding on wet trails and riding around muddy areas accelerates the impact to the surrounding natural resources and is detrimental to plant roots, encourages erosion and renders the current trail unusable/undesirable.
Why would mountain bike trails remain closed after a rain event?
We want the trails to open as much as you do. There are conditions that affect the opening of our trails:
  • Our bike trails are very close to the water table. When the lake level is up (which it is now), it takes much longer for our trails to dry as the soil is already saturated. Additionally, sections of our trails may be under water.
  • Low temperatures at night will freeze the water on the trails. It must thaw before it can dry and this freezing and thawing slows down or stops the drying process.
  • In winter when plants are dormant, there is less water absorption, so again the soil stays wet longer. In spring, summer and fall, the trees and other plants help to remove water from the trails.
  • When bikers ride on closed trails, it takes even longer before we can open them as the damage they cause holds water longer than it should in addition to other damage incurred. Encourage fellow bikers to stay off the trails when they are closed.
For us to maintain the quality of the trails, sometimes we must not use them. It is imperative we take responsibility for our actions and stay off the trails when they are closed. The trails, plants, water quality and bike riders that follow the rules appreciate this!
The Hog Run Mountain Bike Trail consists of a series of loops designed for any skill level. The beginner loop is marked with blue circles and starts at the Cypress parking lot trailhead. This loop is relatively flat with few obstacles. This loop is signed for one-way traffic only.

The intermediate loop is marked with yellow circles and connects to the beginner loop. This loop is designed to challenge mountain bike riders with average skills and experience.

The advanced loop is marked with red circles. This loop offers the longest ride and is made up of a series of loops that offer more challenges for skilled riders. Log jumps and more elevation changes are found along this loop. Thanks to the Recreational Trail Grant, we were able to enhance and extend some of our trail on the advanced section.

All mountain bike trail users must use ANSI- or Snell-approved safety helmets.

Catch a glimpse of our trail system through this video by one of our trail users, Jonathan Sherman.  

Are you a mountain biker interested in giving back?

Please join us for our mountain bike trail workdays. Bring good gloves and work shoes. All tools will be provided. Workdays are 3 hours. Please see upcoming dates and RSVP on the TORC meet-up page.

Flow Trail Now Open!

Harris Lake County Park welcomes new trail addition.  

Come and check out our new flow trail designed with a variety of rollers, berms and tabletop dirt jumps. This section of trail opened to the public on October 8, 2018. This trail is possible through a REI grant in partnership with TORC and Wake County Parks.  Trail built by Elevated Trail Design, LLC.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this trail possible for all to enjoy.

What is a Flow Trail? 

A flow trail is a mountain bike-specific trail design for riders of all abilities. It features earthen structures to limit the need to pedal or brake by creating a unique, progressive landscape.


Mountain Bike Skills Area

Our mountain bike skills area was built by staff and TORC volunteers to bring to the public an area to learn and practice techniques and skills designed for intermediate and advanced levels. The site opened to the public in June 2012. You can access the site by parking at the Mountain bike gravel lot located on your first left once you enter the park.

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Peninsula Hiking Trail 

The Peninsula Trail consists of four loops. These loops give hikers a choice of what distance to hike. The entire trail is nearly 5 miles in length and can take more than two hours to hike.

The Peninsula Trail will lead hikers along the lake shore through a variety of forest habitats, including a longleaf pine stand and mixed oak/hickory hardwoods. If you're quiet, you may catch a glimpse of a deer, turkey or a variety of waterfowl along the way.

Please remember to keep your dog on leash for their safety as well as other park visitors and wildlife.

Additional Trail Resource: hikingproject.com



Harris Lake County Park Mobile Phone Tours

Picture1.pngThe following three trails are self-guided cell phone tours that can be accessed by your smart phone either at home or at the park. These trails are identified on the park brochure and on site by a sign at each trailhead. Signs will have either the tour number or QR code attached, linking you directly to the tour's mobile version.

You can access each trail by the hyperlink title below or the QR code on the trail marker.


Red Fox Run Interpretive Trail  

Discover more about the animal and plants found at Harris Lake County Park. This trail is located near the beginning of the Peninsula trail.

Print off this interpretive brochure.

Womble Interpretive History Trail

Explore life on a farm as you learn about one of the families that lived on the property before it became a park. This trail is a section off the Peninsula trail and is identified by trail signs and double orange trail markers.



Cypress Tree Trail

Test your knowledge and learn about some of the common trees found here at Harris Lake County Park. This trail starts near the Cypress shelter and is part of the trail that leads you to the amphitheater.  

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