Little River 5+ Loop
ElevationAscent: 472' 144 m
Descent: -471' -144 m
High: 618' 188 m
Low: 467' 142 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A great 5+ mile loop at Little River Regional Park that passes through classic NC woods!”— Rob Pengelly
Restrooms and playground next to parking lot. Gate locks at sunset. No water.
Heading clockwise, the hike starts out on the more measured Beginner MTB Trail with a couple of nice flatter sections and a quarter mile alongside the river, veering onto the South River Loop. Once you climb out of the floodplain, this is where the real fun begins! Dip onto the Advanced MTB Trail where the trail ribbons through a really pretty pine and hardwood forest; you can see deer, fox, snakes, mountain bikers, and various other native wildlife. There are nice rolling hills as well as a few more challenging uphills.
You definitely need to be paying attention to footing throughout as there are plenty of rocks, roots, and leaf litter. There are also a few mountain bike features to hike past or over which just adds to the fun! As you near the southern end of the trail, you jump onto the Intermediate MTB Trail for a short time and then finish up your hike back on the Beginner MTB Trail.
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