One of the shortest trail systems in the area, Fisher Farm packs a lot of diversity into its five-miles. Bridges, logs, and some tight twists make this the place to practice your technical riding. Fisher is one of the more interesting rides created by the Tarheel Trailblazers.
What Makes It Great
The reason they call the park Fisher “Farm” is obvious. Tractors, sitting inside an old metal shed open at the front, are visible from the parking lot. A 30-foot brick silo stands guard over a pair of port-a-johns – the parks only facilities save for some benches and picnic tables. And rolling farmlands, typical of the central Carolina Piedmont, stretch in every direction around the park.
But it’s not the symbols of Tarheel agriculture that bring mountain bikers to Fisher Farm. It’s the 5.2 miles of tight, sometimes tricky trail that slice and snake their way under a dense growth of native trees. Skinnies, angled bridges, log piles – all parts of what makes this gently rolling, albeit sometimes bumpy, track so much fun to ride.
While the blue and black rated loops have enough extras, spread out perfectly, to entice the experienced rider, the green trail is easy enough for near beginners to ride. Although, this may not be the best trail for a first ever single track trip.
The architects of the trail system at Fisher Farm Park made perfect use of the naturally sloping grade and creak bed banks the system rides on. While there aren’t any heartrendingly long climbs, strong riders will gather plenty of potential energy on the short hills.
Who is Going to Love It
New riders won’t hate the main loop, but it doesn’t provide the long stretches of coast-able runs that a longer trail like those at Lake Norman State Park are capable of. The real lover of Fisher Farm’s trails will be the intermediate to experienced biker who wants to challenge themselves on parks many features and covet those tight turns that test their skills.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
All trails are accessible from the green loop with blue and black loops connecting to it. The trail head is easy to find, just beyond the large kiosk at the edge of the parking lot. While most walkers will take advantage of the parks foot-traffic only trails, they are allowed on the trails. The typical rules of announcing your presence to a slower mover and yielding the trail to a faster mover should be followed.