Thursday, March 28, 2019
Back Yard Trail
Colonel Francis Beatty Park was our family's favorite mountain biking destination. Then we discovered the Back Yard Trail. This dynamic trail is hyper-challenging for avid riders, but also accessible for beginners. It has some fascinating features and fun roller coaster dips and turns. Set in dense wooded area, the natural surface trail is pleasant for hiking, too.
For your own safety, ride well within your limits (there are bypass options at every challenging point) and with the appropriate equipment (read: helmet!). For the safety of regular, advanced users, follow trail-riding etiquette, keep an ear out for approaching cyclists, and move swiftly aside when they come whirring by.
Tarheel TrailBlazers mountain biking club. It snakes its way through and around wooded areas behind the waste water treatment plant at the intersection of Tyvola Rd. and Park Rd.
For a 5-mile option, I recommend the BYT Middle Third/Poo Tracks loop. Here's how to do it and what to expect:
Little Sugar Creek Greenway parking lot on Tyvola Rd. located across the street from the Queens University Sports Complex (2229 Tyvola Rd., 28210). Follow the paved greenway down the hill towards the creek and keep right.