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Creek was perfect for playing in!

We had 4 kids under 6 years old, the trail was not only informative and scenic enough for them, but the adults too! There are multiple trails which you can choose from to vary your distances too. Very clean and we’ll maintained.

Great trail for hiking. Primarily for bikers but I never ran into any until I was leaving. Not heavily trafficked like Clayton River Walk. Changes in elevation moderate is correct. Beware if you don’t mountain bike this trail will make you start pricing bikes.

Not the longest trail but most definitely a great time. Has some decent technical sections, a jump line, and a really awesome drop in that leads to a wooden berm that’s like riding a roller coaster. Always a fun time and worth checking out.

Although we only walked 1 mile into the trail, I loved what I saw so far. I can’t wait to come back with my bike to see the whole trail.

Nice hike through a working educational forest. The maps app will try to take you into a neighborhood that borders the forest property, but the real entrance is off Old Hwy 70 and up the gravel entrance road. The trail area is closed for winter mtce from December to March, and opens at 11AM on the weekends. There is something for everyone, the Talking Tree and Talking Rock trails are great for kids, and the Demo and Watershed trails are great for some distance and getting away from the crowd. The exhibits are interesting and informative. Encounter wildlife, flowers, streams, woods, open areas, a pond, short steep and long gradual climbs, overall is an easy set of fire roads and single track trails. Well maintained and well marked, this set of trails is worth a visit.

Excellent easy and very accessible park. God’s for family with all ages.

hiking
8 months ago

Tried to hike in Clemmons State Educational Forest but discovered it's closed from December 1 to March 1, 2018 for trail maintenance. Skirted quickly over to the Legend Park Trail, which is primarily for mountain bikes with lots of ups and downs and all arounds, but still good for hiking when the bikers aren't using it. During winter there are lots of leaves covering up roots and rocks and not very safe for bikers. That being said, the lower yellow trails are probably the easiest for biking with gentle slopes and flat boardwalks. Going to the upper trails, I would think Little Big Horn is the most fun as it has the smoothest runs and big sweeping turns with some big hills. Magnolias is for intermediates but uneventful. Larry's Loop is a challenging spur off of Little Big Horn. Nearest the entrance is Hucksville with some really extreme technical ramps suitable for flips, some huge jumps and a really cool banked track - for experts. I enjoyed the four miles around all the trails - it was a good workout with lots of variety. For biking it has something for everyone. Also great for trail running.

More isolated hiking than very busy Lake Johnson or Umstead. A few intense grades, but pretty level hiking with less of the eroded roots & rocks of Johnson & Umstead.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Seems like a good trail.. Although we weren't able to go much further than a mile with two fairly inexperienced children. I would say more for someone with some experiance and not for suitable for younger children. Lots of obstacles, large tree roots, bendy paths and up and down small steep hills. Can imagine a dog would love a good run here! We will go back without children.

Also, as someone else has mentioned in a review, it is not very well signposted as to where to walk/ride. We rode around for a few minutes and found a small gap in the the trees, which looked like it could have been a well trodden animal path. There was a small sign, about 3 ft high, that said 'Entrance. Ride at your own risk'. Also not signposted along the way as to which route to take. And we couldn't find a map anywhere in the test of the park to tell us this was a place to ride or where to go. Sure we'll work it out next time.

Fun trails, lots of which way next fork in the trail.

This park is amazing. I absolutely loved this park and the trails.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

trail is covered in broken glass bottles. brought my pup and couldn't get very far for dear of her paws being cut!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

With a the tree cover it's a great place to hike in warm weather. Be aware park doesn't open till 11:00 am on weekends

walking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Not marked. No signs anywhere to indicate walking trails. What we finally found was a sign at what we assumed was an entrance (overgrown, a little scary actually) that read "ride at yout own risk". We took our walk elsewhere.

walking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This is a very cool place for bikers. Also a nice place to walk. If you're new like we were I suggest starting on the yellow trail that starts by the parking lot up front to the left of the field if you're looking at the field. Or straight back beyond the concession house. Because it's a biking trail the trails are marked in one direction. It was a great place for my dog, it was low key the day I went.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Great Place. Lot of hills and killer creek for the dogs to play in. Lots of trees and shade. This is a beautiful, peaceful wooded area. In the winter time no one is around, so you have the woods to yourself! If you bring dogs make sure you be aware of Mountain Bikers riding if your dogs are aggressive or like to chase bikes because this is a Biking Trail for the locals. We had a great time and a great workout! If you are in the area this is a great place to visit to get some meditation time in or bring your favorite friend and K9 for a walk or workout. Well done Legend Park Trail guys!!!

Before you drive out there, sign at gate says that park is closed until March for winter maintenance.

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Has some good jumps

This place is in a wooded, very lonely residential community,more specifically, it is directly in someone's backyard. We did not feel welcome to exit our car no less walk upon the property. We will not return, and we do not recommend this place to people with children.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Well maintained and easy to explore!

Great little hiking trails. Beautiful and easy. Love the rocks that talk about geology.

walking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pretty scenic walk through the woods and loved the talking trees and rocks. There is more than just the 1 mile loop (longer trail about 8 miles and a lake w/gazebo). Good family fun and dog friendly.

Clemmons is a favorite place. The orange trail is the best...just enough diversity in terrain to give a good work2.

mountain biking
Friday, December 25, 2015

Great 1st ride. Route is clear and well maintained. There are several routes to take. Had a great time. Highly recommended. Take slow if you're a newbie like me and you'll be fine.

Love the red trail it's great

Monday, October 12, 2015

Moderate trail will many hills

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Dismal. The trail was poorly marked. We had to avoid a rotting, dead dog on the trail. The 'scenic' river was 5" deep, stagnant and putrid. I will not be returning.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 30, 2014

There are basically two different terrains here. The lower trails are fast and flowy. They weave through the valley and follow creek beds. Towards the back of the lowers there is a good climb that brings you back to reality after having such a groovy ride. With the exception of the skills area this side of the trails are not very technical but are fun because they are so fast. The down side to this area is that the trails take a long time to dry out once it rains.

The upper trails are much more technical. This side includes some optional west coast style "Hucks" that are sure to get the adrenaline pumping. This side of the trail is also much more hilly and will seem to really work you over until you find the rhythm of the trail. The mileage may say six but I can usually push that to ten with out feeling like I have been riding the same trails over and over. The loops are very easy to connect.

Use the link provided to check what sections of the trail are open before heading out.

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