Green, Blue and Black Trail

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Smith Lake Recreation Area

Green, Blue, Black Trail is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Fayetteville, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

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Dogs are allowed on hiking trails if on a leash. Some breed restrictions do apply.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome beginner trail system for mountain biking. Perfect for my pre-teen kids getting used to minor technical challenges on the blue loop.

hiking
17 days ago

I love it! It starts on the easy trail (green), after 2 miles, you change to the blue trail (moderate) and lastly I did the black trail (advanced). Total: 8 miles. It was great.

hiking
23 days ago

Although this is a mountain bike trail, there was plenty of foot traffic. I hiked and while there were a lot of bikes on the easy portion. there were almost no bikes on the more difficult part. There is a lot of road noise and traffic close by.

hiking
1 month ago

Black trail with Red trail completed

hiking
1 month ago

Mountain biking trail but the only trail at this park that’s dog friendly. Flat and easy to navigate. It’s sandy and winds back and forth a lot but it’s a nice trail through trees to spend an afternoon walking the dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Variety of paths. Would help if trails were marked clearly.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Mostly flat and fast, great for a cross bike. Sand traps abound. Wildlife includes the fox squirrel and unsolicited comments from fragile middle-aged buzzcuts.

hiking
2 months ago

not to bad if your looking for a place to ruck/run on something other than pavement that's nice and flat I did two laps and it was a little over 4 miles

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly clear. No idea where the official start to the black trail is, but I started it on the opposite side as the official green start point

hiking
3 months ago

Overall not a bad hike. Green trail was easy and mostly flat but a nice little stroll. Blue trail was a little more fun but about 90% flat. Black trail had a lot of ups and downs and was the tougher trail but overall a pretty easy 7.70 mile hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great for trail running and flatland hiking. very sandy. A fun choose-your-own-adventure type route

hiking
7 months ago

Hard to keep on a certain trail. Not clearly marked but if you love pine trees definitely the trail for you.

hiking
8 months ago

trails are not marked well. but it was nice

This time I did the blue trail. It start off easy but gets more difficult as you go and then toward the end it gets easy again.

hiking
8 months ago

I run this trail often. I do wish though that the brown trail was marked slightly better in one particular area- where the big climb is (big rock at the top.) There are several ‘trails’ at the top and it’s often difficult...especially in the fall when the trails are covered with pine straw...to determine which one is the main trail. That being said though, the black/brown trail is a great 5ish mile run. It’s rocky and there are a lot of roots, but is overall a good variable workout.

hiking
9 months ago

green trail is primarily a mountain bike trail. still good for running as well.

hiking
Thu Mar 14 2019

Green trail: flat circle type trail. Crosses over some fire breaks. Quite not a lot of people.

mountain biking
Sun Feb 03 2019

Great local trail with a lot of climbing. Would love to see it expanded and maintained a little more. I'm up for volunteering!

Sun Nov 04 2018

So beautiful. Very clean. The trails had picnic tables in amazing area view.

running
Mon Oct 22 2018

Green trail is “easy”, but will “trap” you with the sands... Blue trail has roots in it, sandy spots, and plenty of variation, including footbridges. Black trail has the steepest inclines and greatest variations, including quick turns and rocky areas. Brown trail is a sandy segment that blends with the black trail. Green floods when hurricanes unload tons of rain. The trails are fun and provide decent shade in most of the wooded areas. If you pay attention and go at the “right” time, you’ll get a chance to see deer dash out of the bushes, fox squirrels scurry around, or snakes slither (I’ve only see 3 in 4 years, and I cover a large amount of distance—avoid black trail near the lake to avoid the snakes, though snakes live bountifully all across the state of N.C.). Park rangers will be spotted on most visits.

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Pleasant walk. I wouldn’t call it a hike. It’s mostly flat and sandy with lots of pines. The coolest part is how massive the pine cones get.

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

My wife and I hiked this trail together this summer. Not difficult at all and very pleasant.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Bully breeds are not allowed on the hiking trails and dogs are not allowed in the park itself. One star because of that and I will enjoy my hike somewhere else!

Sat Jul 14 2018

Not worth the drive to to the trail.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Thanks

Sat Jun 16 2018

Smith lake is a great mountain biking trail. Inside the all trails app, you can start record, and then it gives you a mapping function that you can follow to do the entire course, which is beginner intermediate an expert, for about eightMiles of riding.

hiking
Sun May 27 2018

Towards the end of the trail was very confusing. Be sure to take a picture of the map at the parking area and compare to this map. Very easy and flat with some small hills. More endurance rather than strength.

mountain biking
Sat May 12 2018

Nice area, well maintained. appropriately marked with specific signage. disappointed with the amount of sand on the trails. Even berms were made with sand and features concluded with sand. the Brown expert trail is the one too ride. and since I'm no expert I would encourage those with skills beyond beginner will find it nicely challenging

mountain biking
Thu Apr 19 2018

Have been coming to do runs here a lot but I recently started biking it and it’s great for beginners because of the way the trail naturally flows and gets harder and harder while still providing places for people to pull off it it gets too hard. The trail is lined with signs that tell at what skill level your at.

mountain biking
Sun Apr 01 2018

Great bike trail for a beginner who wants to be challenged. Whats nice is that I started on the beginner trail, it met up with the intermediate then advanced trails, so i did a complete loop of about 7.5 miles, and was exhausted.

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