Brunswick Nature Park
(updated: Feb 21, 2011)
This is a 900 acre park in Brunswick County that was recently established in 2010. There is a huge amount of potential here for trails, and several of us and now Cape Fear SORBA have been working with Brunswick County Parks on getting trails approved and built for mountain biking. Last spring several of us mapped out the first section of trail. It took most of the year to get approved due to various reasons. The trails require approval from the Coastal Land Trust (the landowners) board of directors. Finally in December of 2010 we broke ground on the first section of trail.
Now there is approx. 1.4 miles of mountain bike specific trail open now (although hikers and trail runners are welcome to use it as well). Cape Fear SORBA is currently mapping the next two sections of trail, one which should appeal to more advanced riders and the other to beginners. Altogether I am hoping that we can get 5 miles out of the three sections and later maybe another 3 miles for a total of 8 miles of singletrack trail. There are also plans for a kids skills area right off the parking lot.
There is also a kayak launch, picnic pavilion, and about 3.5 miles of scenic hiking trails to enjoy.
Brunswick Nature Park promises to be the premier off-road biking destination for the Cape Fear area. I will update this trail page regularly as things progress over the next few years.
For more info about the park, check out the Brunswick County Tourism website
And if you'd like to help build trails, please consider joining Cape Fear SORBA (go to IMBA.com to join and select Cape Fear as your chapter).
Brunswick Nature Park
River Road (NC 133)
Town Creek Township, NC
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AVERAGE RATING: (5 ratings)
1. theblackknight gave it:
Rode both the "old" trail and the new "beginner" trail today for the 1st time. TheOG trail was nice with pretty good flow in spots, and some tech areas.
The first section of the kiddy loop almost felt like a BMX track with all the berms. Once it hardens up, it will be fun. The 2nd section is good for newbies cause there are almost no roots.
I didnt see any jumps tho? A hiker said there was some. any pointers?
Also the boat launch makes me want to rent some kayaks. Thats a nice touch. The park is very quiet.
Jul 23, 2011 @ 2:31 PM
2. konacoiler88 gave it:
New trail by SORBA is good but it needs some more riders, or some tamping; some of the turns and straightaways are really soft. Especially the skinny towards the back corner, that bit is particularly soft. Great ride though. I saw some jumps in the plans for the new loop; any though to adding some rolls or jumps to the first loop?
Jul 19, 2011 @ 4:01 PM
3. Marshall Brown gave it:
I really enjoyed the trail. Going to get some of the members from waccamawtrailblazers to go ride them soon. My schedule is tight but would love to help you build trails.
Apr 13, 2011 @ 10:46 PM
4. SBA gave it:
Just to clear things up regarding the trails at BNP - the existing trails are hiking trails. The new trails that CF SORBA are putting in - the 1.4 mile loop off the fireroad to start - are the biking trails. There will also be equestrian trails. These are all separate trails for the different users. That is how the landowners and Brunswick Parks have agreed to design the park.
So, that means that when the signs go up later this year, bikers will no longer be allowed to ride on the hiking trails. But we will have our own trails. We just have to go through the process and build them.
Mar 7, 2011 @ 10:07 AM
5. sluggo gave it:
New trail is improving, original trail is even better.
Mar 7, 2011 @ 5:11 AM