How Do I Get To Bear Ridge Speedway? [Expert Review!]

So you want to go to Bear Ridge Speedway. Congrats! We’re excited you want to check out one of the most legendary dirt tracks in all of motorsport. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either located in North Carolina or are planning on driving or flying there soon.

The short answer to your question is: you don’t. The track is closed to road traffic and doesn’t offer any form of public transportation. The closest you can get is by car or airplane which is what most people will assume you’re going to do if you’re reading this.

That being said, there are several ways to get to Bear Ridge. If you’re looking for a scenic drive or want to take a leisurely tour of North Carolina, here are a few suggestions:

By Air

There are several small airports near the racetrack which you can use to get there. The biggest one in terms of passenger volume is Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) which is the closest one to the track. The drive from the airport to the track is about an hour and a half. There are also charter flights which you can book direct from Charlotte or other major cities.

The downside to this approach is that you’re driving all the way there. It’s a lot more scenic to take the train or bus instead. Plus, there aren’t any direct flights from most major airports to Wilmington.

By Road

You can also take the road less traveled. That is, you can head north on I-85 towards Charlotte or take I-40 west towards Nashville. The closer you get to the equator, the more chaotic the traffic will be. You can avoid it by taking the backroads. The downside to this approach is that it takes a while to get there. Depending on where you stop along the way, it can take as much as 12 hours to get there. Furthermore, the road is somewhat unpredictable and can be dangerous. You never know what you’ll find along the way. It can be a one-lane bridge over a mountain lake or it could be a 40-mile-an-hour truck blast on a two-lane highway. If you’re driving during the week, you’ll find most of the roads are deserted. However, if you want to get to Bear Ridge on a Saturday night, you’ll have to deal with all the people and the traffic. It’ll be dark by the time you get there but it’ll be worth it.

By Train

If you want to get to Bear Ridge without having to deal with all the traffic, take the train. The railroad runs along the entire length of the racetrack’s property and allows for some interesting sight-seeing. You’ll need to stop in either Durham or Raleigh to change trains but it’s still a relatively easy trip. Furthermore, it’ll be dark by the time you get to the track so you won’t have to deal with the traffic or the sun coming up.

The downside to this approach is that the train isn’t very exciting. It’ll likely be an hour or two before you actually get to see any racing. Furthermore, you have to deal with all the other passengers who are also heading to the track. It’ll be a very hectic yet scenic trip.

By Bus

If you want to get to the track on a less scenic yet still enjoyable trip, take the bus. The Greyhound Bus runs along I-40 and allows you to get off just outside of Raleigh. From there, it’s about a 20-minute walk to the racetrack’s entrance. There isn’t any direct bus service to Bear Ridge from most other places in North Carolina but most major cities have connections through Raleigh. You can also make a few stops along the way to explore the area.

The downside to this approach is that there aren’t any direct buses to Raleigh from most other places. It’s a fairly long walk from the stop in Raleigh to the track. Furthermore, it’ll be dark by the time you get to the track so you won’t have to deal with the traffic or the sun coming up.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it. You can’t get to Bear Ridge Speedway without either driving or flying there. However, there are several other options for you to get there. If you want to find out more, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

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