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New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

(updated: Aug 13, 2012)

If you are coming to the Wilmington area and like to mountain bike, Brunswick Nature Park has about 5.5 miles of mountain bike trails. And now it has a new rock garden, thanks to Cape Fear SORBA (CFS), the first of several. In fact, there's probably more rock per acre here than anywhere else in Southeastern NC (you literally cannot bang two rocks together in this area). And that includes the rock store where you buy the rock, because the club cleaned them out, so they have to get more. And the club has a lot more money to spend, so don't go to the rock store to buy rocks because they won't have any. It's all going to BNP to make the advanced trail an advanced trail.

Brunswick Nature Park: Now with 100% more rock.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

The round rocks assembled in spaced clusters was more challenging than a tiled rock pathway. The most difficult configuration was to just strew the rocks about randomly. I go back and forth whether this should all be filled in with rock. I think it should be filled in with larger square-edged rocks. You can see the wheel of my bike -- I was the acting crash test dummy.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

Rock steps being put into place. It was not easy to move these rocks.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

The finished product:
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

Round rocks can are more challenging, especially when wet. You take what rocks you can get around these parts.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

Lots of volunteers showed up. Who wouldn't want to do something cool like put in a rock garden? I think it shows that riders want challenging trails.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

The rocks were pretty much just set on top of the soil, but they did not move much when rolled over by the quad. Soon it will look as if they were always there. Maybe 10,000 years from now archeologists oceanographers studying the land seafloor will wonder where all these rocks came from.
New rock garden at Brunswick Nature Park

And now here are a bunch of photos from a ride I did at BNP a month or two ago ...

I think this is called Town Creek:
Brunswick Nature Park

Tiny crabs:
Brunswick Nature Park

This photo is for the folks that like to ride so fast that they don't see anything. This is what Brunswick Nature Park looks like. Don't Strava yourself into a tree.
Brunswick Nature Park

Brunswick Nature Park

Brunswick Nature Park

Prime alligator real estate:
Brunswick Nature Park

The advanced loop.
Brunswick Nature Park

Mmmm... fresh trail.
Brunswick Nature Park

Brunswick Nature Park

Rider: Jamie.
Brunswick Nature Park

Brunswick Nature Park

Brunswick Nature Park

So I hope you enjoy the new rock garden, and if not you can go and bang two rocks together, because pounding sand is too easy around here.


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Triki Dick said...

Who would want to put a rock there in the middle of the path! Why do you do this? I'm going home to get my shovel, I'll be glad to move these obstructions!


Aug 14, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

2. Chris Clemmons said...

Can't wait to get back to Brunswick County after my military retirement and ride this trail. I have ridden trails all over the world and now coming home I have one to enjoy. Thanks to you guys for building it and making it look so sweet. see you on the trails.

Aug 15, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

3. Randy said...

Please post the photos of Barry trying to move these obstacles off the trail as soon as possible.

Aug 15, 2012 @ 8:17 PM

4. SBA said...

Don't worry it's signed with a double black diamond. Now if they would just sign Wilmington roads with triple black diamonds and McDonald's with quadruple black diamonds.

Because if you get injured riding trails it's someone else's negligence but if you get hit riding on the road it's your fault.

Aug 16, 2012 @ 6:04 AM

5. Sir Sips-a-lot said...

i love trailbuilding almost as much as trail riding.... proud work y'all!

Aug 17, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

6. McMike said...

hopefully gonna ride it today....

Aug 20, 2012 @ 4:38 AM

7. Sircomplainsalot said...

I wish it would rain a little more. I bet those rocks are slippery.

Aug 23, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

8. peter said...

you got that right sircomplains a lot!..i slipped off 3 times yesterday, once when my rear wheel hit a higher stone and skidded me off...oh well....the road to hell is paved with good intentions....

Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:12 PM


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