Mohican

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.70 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
951
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
first thing you have a killer climb for over 1 mile. followed by some sweet twisty singletrack then a descent with some rock sections and some nice sweeping turns. the second loop is easier and faster with one major climb half way followed by some fun rollercoaster type fast and twisty downhill. building more trails across the river. look for the bridge in the campground
added by Guest July 24, 2003
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Doubletrack


July 17, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
Review: Ok, now for my counter review. For me I think the Mohican trail is missing its mtb potential. Although there are a few very good stretches, like dropping into the gorge before the covered bridge, the trail lacks the speed and structure that it could have in some/several areas. The trail seemed to consistently and unnecessarily double back on itself, and thus, unnecessarily scrub your speed. A little bit of this is fine, but it was overkill imo. Oftentimes there were overly tight turns just as you were starting to get some good speed and momentum. Too many unnecessary tight turns do not make for a great mtb trail imo. Similarly, the builders added many many short ups on potentially long downhill runs. These seemed completely unnecessary and again killed your momentum and a lot of the downhill fun potential.

I can understand why some Midwest trails double back on themselves all the time simply because they are dealing with a lack of available land. But one thing Mohican SP does not lack is land, even where the trail is currently laid out. Mohican has available land and superb topography to build an exceptional mtb trail. IMO, they need to reroute various portions of the trail, opening it up in some places and using the hills more in other places. All in all, I feel Mohican is a great workout in a BEAUTIFUL forest, but not a great ride (a good ride for sure). In comparison, I feel that Berryman in Missouri is a similarly big demanding ride in the Midwest, but with a much better lay out. And the Potawatomi in Michigan is not as demanding and hilly but also has a much better lay out. Finally, here is the most helpful map I have found for Mohican on the net. The state park map is not very helpful. http://s230.photobucket.com/user/i69whitey/media/mohican.jpg.html

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Doubletrack


July 17, 2015
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
Review: I'm going to give two reviews on Mohican because I have many thoughts and mixed feelings about the experience at Mohican. First, the gorge is an amazing formation and the park itself is absolutely beautiful. The old growth forest is filled with huge straight yellow poplars, tall pines, stately oaks, massive maples and charming hemlocks. I have been to the park several times in my life. There are great accommodations at the lodge, cabins and campgrounds. The primitive campground (Class B) near the covered bridge has a beautiful setting and is cheap, but there is no rsvp possible. It is first come first serve only. The lodge is a bit pricey, but a great option if you are traveling with your wife or loved one. So the park - accommodations and nature - are first class.

The ride itself is long which is nice. To ride for so long in such a beautiful setting is a great experience in and of itself. IMO, no one climb is very demanding (except maybe the climb out of the gorge from the covered bridge at mile 12), but the ride as a whole will challenge many riders' endurance. There are some fun technical places along the way. Some of the switchbacks are especially fun. There are roots throughout to keep you on your toes. Another positive is that the trail is super well marked with a mile marker at every mile and directional markers at every intersection. You simply can't get lost. Once you get to the campground (near mile 23) if you can't find the trail, like jessums struggled with, just start asking campers or a park staff, and you'll quickly be on your way.

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Granny Gear

July 8, 2015
jessums Granny Gear  
 
Review: Beautiful and well kept trail. Loved how diverse and suspenseful the ride was. I was kept on my toes the whole time having to react quickly to what I found around every turn. The trail is not well suited for beginners but I think it would be a great place for someone with some experience to practice their technical skills. Theres nothing to scary but you can't just roll over everything.

My biggest complaint about Mohican is that logistical it is kind of a mess. The trail is one big 24 mile loop with very few good places to get off it. Make sure you park your car by the mile 1 trail head because it is by far the easiest place to navigate back to. I started from around mile 16 from a parking lot and was confused when I found myself at the trails end at mile 24 with no real indication of where to go to continue my ride. I went to the park office to get directions. They were very helpful and gave me a map. It wasn't until later that I realized that the map they gave me was grossly outdated and I was having a hard time navigating to an exit point that would put me close to my truck. I ended up turning around and having to ride 4 miles back on the road. I wish the trail looped back on its self more to avoid problems like I encountered on my ride.

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Granny Gear

April 26, 2015
 
Review: This was the first singletrack I have ever ridden and I am now hooked. It was incredibly challenging but the smile won't leave my face. I will be back.

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Granny Gear

April 26, 2015
KFG Granny Gear  
 
Review: Sweet trail!!! Probably best in Ohio. Great way to spend a weekend camping and riding put this trail on your must ride list.

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Granny Gear

February 5, 2015
walzjl07 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This was the first real trail I ever rode, and up to this point, it's been my favorite. I lived just a couple of miles away, and would ride the short loop (the first 4 miles, with a cut that brought you to the 24m marker) multiple times a week. The full trail is AMAZING though. I just wish I had taken better advantage of the close proximity of the trail when i had it. The first mile is pretty rough, then goes into some fun twisty trail.. I think around mile 7 or 8 it really opens up for about a mile, a long straight slight downhill. There are a handful of challenging rock gardens and some spots are pretty root-filled. All in all they keep exceptionally good care of the trail. (At least they did when i was there)

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Granny Gear

August 3, 2014
danemls07 Granny Gear  
 
Review: One of the most technical trails I have ever done but it was awesome. I hope to be here in the future and ride this trail again!

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Poseur

October 13, 2013
PierreR Poseur  
 
Review: Mohican trail is truly a fantastic trail. Very worth while going out of your way to do. Drainage is good and the trail us usually rideable when other trails in the area are to wet.

scenery is beautiful, especially in full autumn colors (3td week in October). There is nice camping all around this area as this area is one of Ohio's best recreation areas.
This is not a wimp trail due to the length and amount of climbing involved. This is not a trail you toss a bottle of water into the bottle holder and off you go. The climbs will put most riders into the anaerobic exertion range enough so that proper fueling, sleep before hand, fueling along the way and hydration with electrolytes is necessary for a good days ride. For most riders allow about 4 hours for the entire 25 miles. It's a very good idea to ride this trail with another person as there are plenty of places where a crash can send you out of sight to others. There is a 100 mile bike race on this trail yearly for those that are beyond my advice.
If you have more than one vehicle in your group it is a godsend to spot an extra vehicle at the covered bridge or at the mile 15/16 parking area with food and ice cold drinks. There is no trailside water along the trail except a detour at mile 8 to the left.

I am not in the group that considers the first climb to be killer. There are enough flat breaks in it to relax enough to keep the burning down. After the first climb the trail follows the ridges up and down with fair flow. There is a rock garden with a few switchbacks around mile 3-4. There is a bail point at mile 4.4 that goes back towards the parking area. This first 8 miles of the trail are two way so be cautious. In the section from mile 4.4 to mile 9 there are many rooty climbs and benched out areas along the way. There is another bail out at mile 8 and at 9. After a winding climbing section from mile 9-10 the trail is mostly fun fast down hill to mile 11 at the covered bridge.
The climb from the covered bridge starts a hundred yards up the road on the right. Get ready, this is a killer climb without any breaks. If you are having any trouble up to this point or are low on energy you may want to continue up the road to where the trail crosses back over the road or continue up the road to the mile 15 parking lot. From the bridge to mile 15 section is mostly uphill and lacks downhill sections. Many people bypass this section.
From the mile 15 parking lot the trail has more downhill than uphill and is the flow section for the whole trail all the way down to mile19.5 where it crosses the road again.
Passing across the road and up the trail for many bikes is very tough. The trail looks like another tough climb and the road is all downhill back to the route 3 parking lot, civilization food and beer. Tough choice.
From the mile 19.5 to the camp ground at 24 is mostly downhill with shorter climbs. There are some switchbacks with technical sections, lots of fun. From mile 24 back to the parking area is a short interesting section of mostly down hill but you can encounter mud and more hikers.
If you completed the entire trail congratulations, many say they did but did not actually do it all. Many skip the covered bridge to mile 15 but consider it complete as the road climb from the covered bridge to the mile 15 parking lot is still a long relentless climb.

Similar Trail: In a class by itself locally. Maybe Vultures Knob.

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Trailblazer

August 17, 2013
malva Trailblazer  
 
Review: The first mile or so were a smack in the face for me since J havent bikes in a while. Good amount of climping with a lot of rock gardens and rooty sections that would make hill climbig tougher. I did not do the whole 25 miles, had to bail out but its pretty well marked. The trailhead is just to the left of the entrance (park office) across the parkig lot.

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Granny Gear

August 1, 2013
 
Review: Best overall trail in Ohio. Rideable just about all year around. Plenty of climbing, plenty of downhills, plenty of pedaling. Technical rock sections. Nice scenic views. Great maps, great trail markings each mile. The 24 miles are pretty tough, you are happy to be done. I usually start at the covered bridge for my loop. Plenty of places to camp in the Mohican River area, plus canoeing trips. Loudenville have some decent food choices, pizza place right down the street is preferred. Place is great! https://www.facebook.com/MohicanMalabarBikeClub

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