Rocky Point Gravel Grinder and 5K Trail Run

Sun April 2, 2023 Rocky Point, NC 28457 US Directions

100K Gravel Grinder

$55 8:00AM EDT Price increases after February 28, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

5K Trail Run

$30 10:00AM EDT Price increases after February 28, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

50K Gravel Grinder

$45 8:00AM EDT Price increases after February 28, 2023 at 11:59pm EST
532 Carl Meeks Rd
Rocky Point, NC US 28457

Welcome to Rocky Point North Carolina where we get to cycle, run, swim, dirt bike, play in the woods and have a whole lot of fun.  Kick off spring with the Rocky Point Gravel Grinder 100K and 5K Trail run for the family.  This race will be a very grassroots race.  Instead of t-shirts and swag this year your registration will include catered brunch and beer!  Brunch will include: Ham, sausage, bacon and cheese homemade biscuits mixed fruit and tots from Waterman's Brewery.

Awards will be given to the top 5 100K gravel grinders and top 3 male and female in the 5K trail race.

This is a family fun morning with some biking and running.   Donations will be made to Cape Fear Sorba and the Nica Mountain Bike Team. See you April 3rd, 2022.

Bike Course

The Bike will start at our Rocky Point Property on Carl Meeks Rd.  The course will go up Shaw Highway and loop into the Holly Shelter Game Land fire roads.  This will be mainly a self supported event however we will have one water station at the out and back on the bike course.  Also note there is no hunting on Sunday's but the roads are open to public traffic.




50The neutral start on asphalt will begin the day of adventure into the magical world of Holly Shelter Game land.  After the controlled start on 3 miles of paved tarmac, a sharp right hand turn onto Lodge Road will get your heart rate going.  Approximately 4 miles later, a right turn onto the New Road will test your mettle.  The surface of this road can vary from gummy sand to peanut butter consistency…enjoy the change of environment into this flooded swampland for about 6 miles.  Follow the signs until you reach the right turn onto Tram Road.  The surface improves here with a quick return to gravel riding for roughly 4 miles.  Look for the intersection of Lodge road and bear right for a short 2 mile out and back.  At the turnaround, get ready for a steady state effort for 8 miles through Eastern Carolina Savannah pine forest, keep and eye out for the pitcher plant pond on the right about halfway to the next right hand turn onto Juniper.  Here, the surface and the surrounding environment becomes hostile….your bike handling skills will be tested as you peddle through rough roads for 3 miles.  Approaching a gate, a left hand turn awaits you onto the road leading to Bear Garden.  .  Enjoy the hard packed sand, because after riding for 4-5 miles, you will enter a brief section of gravel biking hell….DEAD SAND.  Only the strong will survive this section of loose dead sand…you must summon all your bike handling skills to clean this section.  An extra biscuit at the end for those that make it through this section without putting a foot down.  From here, the route will improve to gravel again and a noticeable change in scenery as you cross Pine Ridge Hill…notice the topography change as you enter Bear Garden Tract….

Run Course

The 5K run course will stay on our Rocky Point property and meander through our newly created trails and you will even run over some dirt bike jumps to make it interesting.  There are wet spots on the course but most of the course would be cross country style wood chipped trails, sand and mowed grass.



4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended for parking inside the gates in the orange section.  If you do not have 4 wheel drive, you will be able to park on Carl Meeks rd along side the road.  Please do not park in front of anyone's driveway and be respectful to the locals.

Race Contact Info

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