Mohican

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

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

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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
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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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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April 26, 2015
KFG
 
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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February 5, 2015
 
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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August 3, 2014
 
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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October 13, 2013
 
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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August 17, 2013
 
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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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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May 16, 2013
 
Review: What a great trail! This is 24 full miles of mostly winding singletrack with good flow. Although it is not loaded with technical features, there are plenty of roots, a few log piles, and some fantastic rock gardens to challenge you.
Due to the length of the trail and the absolutely killer climbs, bring plenty of water and some food too.
This is the best trail I've ridden in the Great Lakes Region.

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February 20, 2013
 
Review: 5 star for sure. I drive 8 hrs round trip 2x per yr just to ride this trail. I really like the single loop trails instead of networks. Little chance to get lost. Just ride and follow the PVC mile markers. No map needed because there is only one trail. We can ride with a group and the fastest rider only has to stop at planned rest stops. And I believe it is directional, ccw. At least that is the direction I see everyone going.

One of the best trails I have ridden!

Similar Trail: I dont know of any other single-loop single-track with good mileage

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February 20, 2013
 
Review: You can park across highway 3 from the park entrance and ride the trail under the bridge into the park. That short trail will merge with a paved road. Follow it to the park entrance. Cross the park entrance road and go into the woods. You should see the trail. Off to the left as you enter the trail is a message board, but it is easy to miss. Climb a few feet and look for the narrow single track trail on the left. This is where the climbing begins.

There is a killer climb for the first 1.5 miles. Steals all your energy before you get warmed up. And if it's a cold day, you will be sweating within 1/4 mile. Hot day...well, um, just take lots and lots of water. The climb is rideable, but long. Once past that there is some fine single track for many miles. The trail is marked every mile with mile markers. There are a couple of questionable turns. Look for the mile markers. If you go more than 1 mile without seeing one then you took a wrong turn.

At some point you reach a grassy lane with rolling hills. You can really get some speed there. Follow this for about a mile then be looking for the bike trail to the right. This spot is easy to miss because you will blow right past it on the fast grassy lane. Plus, for some reason, there is a sign that says "Trail" pointing down the grassy lane.??? Confusing. This is a three way intersection. Take the narrowest trail that switchbacks hard to the right.

When you cross a stream (approx 1/2 way), climb up the gravel/dirt road to the covered bridge. Go through the bridge and pedal up the paved road for couple hundred yards. Look for the trail on the right. Do not take the hiking trail immediatley after the bridge. Pedal up the pavement a ways. Keep your eye open for the trail because it is easy to miss. It is narrow and is another long climb so be thankful for the pavement section.

At mile 15ish, you cross a paved road and enter a parking lot with picnic tables and restrooms. I suggest you use them both. I know 15 miles does not sound far, but the climbs made me hungry. Plus there are more climbs later. The next couple of miles were the funnest for me. Twisty trail through pine forest. Real neat looking.

At around mile 23 the trail crosses a small wooden bridge and dumps you out onto a paved road. This is the road that goes through the park. Trail markers are lacking here. As you come out of the woods keep going straight over the 2-lane concrete bridge and directly into the woods on the other side. As you enter the woods you turn right. In a very short distance you will turn left and be climbing what looks like an old jeep road. Be looking for the bike trail on the right. It's not very far up that road. Once you make the right turn you will start seeing campsites below you on your right. You will see them all the way to the end of the trail. The end dumps you out almost at the same spot you started. 24 miles total.

This is a very fun trail. 99% of it is well marked and maintained. I consider this an Epic Trail and is on the top of my list.

Similar Trail: I know of none that has this much single track in one loop.

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Mohican MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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