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Chapel Hill Trails video

(updated: Oct 13, 2010)

Never before seen images and video of the Chapel Hill Trails. Just kidding...there's probably tons of photos and video of this trail - a very popular XC trail system located right in Chapel Hill, NC.

There's got to be at least 20 miles of trails here. I've ridden these before, but a while ago. In fact, this was the first trail I'd ever ridden in North Carolina, and I did it when I was considering moving to NC in 2004 and I was checking the place out (I did not want to move out of CA, but it made mucho financial sense to). And yes, not to worry, NC had trails.

Now I had lived in Winston-Salem growing up, but mountain biking did not exist yet. Well, it was all mountain biking back then - we rode our bike everywhere as kids, on dirt roads, paved roads, grass...we strayed far from our homes. Kids don't do that are not allowed or simply can't do that these days.

The best time to ride these trails is on a cool autumn day when the leaves are at their peak color. Not during one of the hottest days of summer like we did. Bright, sunny days do not make for good video in the woods, nor does a sorta loose camera mount. But it gives me a reason to go back on a cloudy day in early fall before the leaves disguise the trail.

A couple of notes about these trails. They are very tight and twisty. Ed kept saying he needed to cut his handlebars down. There are also lots of logs. They don't seem to move them from the trail, which is a good thing. Trees fall in the woods. Get over it, literally.

The multiple trails on the school side can be confusing with lots of offshoot and criss-crossing singletrack, much like many city parks with lots of users. The trails on the airport side flow better and are easy to follow. There are maps available online at I will be adding a Trail Page soon.

In the meantime, check out the video and a few still images below:

Chapel Hill Trails from Sir Bikes on Vimeo.

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Still Frames:

Rider: Ed.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Chapel Hill


1. Daniel c. said...

My old stomping grounds. Those trails replaced surfing for some 4 hard years while my wife got her post grad education. Thanks for posting the pics and bringing back great memories!

Oct 14, 2010 @ 5:39 PM

2. Mateo said...

These trails are fun, both sides- airport side and school side are worth a drive.

Oct 20, 2010 @ 10:58 AM


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