We figure that if a trail network is good enough for major high school and collegiate cross-country meets, then it’s probably a pretty cracker jack run. In 2012 alone, Hagan Stone has hosted the Hagen Stone XC Classic, which attracts high school and college teams from throughout the region, the Metro Conference Championship, the USA South Conference Championship and the North Carolina USA Track & Field Championship, among other events.

Take a test spin at Hagen Stone and you’ll see why. The 9 miles of trail includes the 4-mile Chatfield Trail loop around the park, and numerous inner-connecting trails of shorter length: the 1.6-mile Ridge and Draper trails, the 0.7-mile Dogwood Trail and the shorter Schoolhouse, Old Bridal, and Ridge Spur trails. Piece together the trails — and throw in the park roads — for a near endless combination of runs throughout this heavily wooded, 409-acre park. If you’re running in summer, there’s a swimming pool as well. Camping, too.

Note: some of these trails are multi-use, open to mountain biking, though it’s not a hugely popular mtb destination. What mountain bikers don’t like about Hagen Stone is what a runner will: long stretches of smooth surface and a good deal of packed mulch. Expect some rolling terrain.

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Getting there from downtown Greensboro

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 20 minutes from downtown Greensboro
Length: 3.1 to 9 miles
Time to complete: 25 minutes and up
Address: 5920 Hagan-Stone Park
City: Pleasant Garden
State: N.C.
Zip: 27313
Latitude: 35.5717
Longitude: 79.4384