Thursday, December 10, 2020

Pump Track at Colonel Frances Beatty Park

Colonel Frances Beatty Park was already one of our favorite places to ride mountain bikes. There, you'll find beautiful trails for all ages and skill levels. But we only just recently discovered they also have a 0.1-mile natural surface pump track, which has become another big draw for us. 

A pump track is a cross between an obstacle course and a roller coaster for bikes. They are called pump tracks because really skilled riders can "pump" their way around the course using momentum without peddling. But, they are every bit as much fun for even the most tentative riders among us. 

We visited one weekday afternoon not long ago and had the area to ourselves. I imagine it could get more crowded on a pretty weekend day. But even still, the space is large enough to comfortably accommodate a small crowd (remember to ride in the designated direction!). 

We always enjoy a trip to the pump track at George Poston Park, which is paved. I like the one at Colonel Frances Beatty because it's on the dirt in the woods and somewhat less technical. And, we can take a spin on the other trails, visit the pond or play on the playground (here's a park map) if we get tired of riding in circles. 

Colonel Frances Beatty Park is huge and has lots of amenities. You'll find the pump track next to the tennis court parking lot. Whether you're a biker or not, this park is a fun place to spend some time playing outdoors. And the pump track is an especially exciting feature for folks who like to ride. 

How to get there

Colonel Frances Beatty Park is located at 4330 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28105. The pump track is located next to the tennis court parking lot. 

Don't forget to pack: 

  • Bikes and a helmet 
  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Water and snacks
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen 

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