The Research Triangle Park’s Phase 2 mountain bike trails are now complete and available for riding and hiking.
Click here: http://www.rtp.org/sites/default/files/RTP_MTB_Ph1-2_small.pdf for an updated map of the four-plus mile trail system. The new trails are drawn in a light brown (almost tan) color, extending south of Little Drive and then east into a wooded area alongside I-540.
The extension roughly doubles the number of trails, adding several new loops full of twists, turns, rises and falls. In keeping with the first phase of loops, these trails are considered intermediate level, with a few technical spots.
Trail access is still located at the parking lot on Louis Stephens Drive and just south of the Kit Creek Road intersection. This new project provided the opportunity to connect the trails to the parking lot.
At the kiosk at the far end of the lot, you’ll see a trail map, with rules of the trail. The starting point is next to the kiosk.
This is a shared trail. In addition to cycling, it’s a great place for a nature walk or a vigorous hike.