Vultures Knob

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10
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
1,069
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About this trail
Welcome to Ohio's oldest privately owned, open to the public mountain bike trail system. Funded by donations and built by volunteers... 16 years of blood, sweet and gears!
Out of all the trails i\'ve ridden in ohio it is still my favorite. It has some nice technical parts and some good uphills and downhills. Vulture's Knob is 125 acres along the majestic and mighty Killbuck River in the rolling hills of Wooster Ohio. The facilities are open 365 days a year for open riding via donations or volunteer memberships! This venue offers a glimpse into the past with old school fall line trails mixed with newer design concepts and features. The trails offer up some of the most challenging singletrack and most unique man made outdoor trail features the area has to offer.
added by razzGranny Gear April 28, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (29)
 

Granny Gear

June 23, 2016
millionbux Granny Gear  
 
Review: The trailhead is pretty hard to find. A previous poster had it right, put 4300 Mechanicsburg Road into your GPS. Google maps also has it pinned as "MTB Trail" in Wooster, OH. There is no signage telling you where to turn off of Mechanicsburg Road, you have to turn at the sign for the compost company onto what looks like a driveway (paved with just white rock). This "driveway" is labeled "Access Road" on google maps. Follow it for maybe a mile past the compost company until you see the Vultures Knob sign. Once finding it, I was surprised how nice the buildings were at the trailhead. There's a porta potty too. The trails themselves are very well marked. Don't forget to sign a waiver and make a donation at the main building. The trails start off with some relatively basic meadow riding, but once in the woods, quickly turns in to some epic man-made bridges, and tough descents. A couple of the bridges were iffy...on the first one, a board cracked when I put my foot down. On a later bridge over a ravine just past a sign marked "Expert - Sport" it is probably three feet wide, and 12-15 feet long, with no handrails and a 10 foot drop into the ravine below. There's chicken wire across much of the surface to keep you from sliding off and killing yourself if the wood is wet, but I still walked a couple of them since I'm only moderately skilled a rider and I was by myself. Which brings me to my best advice: do not ride this alone your first time. Respect Vulture's Knob! Somewhere around Mile 6 I was carrying too much speed and hit an unexpected quick left turn before a good sized drop, and slid off the trail. I haven't crashed in over 3 years while riding a couple times a week, but this trail will definitely challenge you. When I ride it again, I will bring knee pads, elbow guards, and a riding buddy. The absolute best part of the trail was the huge suspension bridge. This bridge luckily did have a rope handrail, which will give even medium skilled riders the confidence to "give it a go". Overall, these trails are very well maintained, considering its privately owned. There is one small spot back in the woods at around 4-5 miles that has some caution tape attached to a post. I didn't know what to expect so I walked up his section, and I'm glad I did because the trail is sliding into the ravine. Given the caution tape, I assume this is slated for repair. Overall, Vultures Knob is a can't miss experience when you are in the area!

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Granny Gear

February 21, 2016
 
Review: One of the best trails in Ohio. Challenging and fun at all levels.

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Gramcounter

July 12, 2015
jamtb Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode here the other day for the first time and thought I should write a review since there has not been one this year. Nice trail, well maintained, eay to follow, but much more of a blue trail than black. Nice easy trail with a few hills and only one major rocky down hill that I found, but still a nice ride.

Similar Trail: Alum Creek - Columbus OH

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Bunny Hop

October 5, 2014
rossnewbs Bunny Hop  
 
Review: It's tough for me to give a full review since my first time riding here was during the fall, so everything was leaf covered. But otherwise, this is the most well built singletrack around here. Great technical features (a few terrifying ones), and some awesome flowing sections with some jump and berm options.

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Gramcounter

August 29, 2014
32 Teeth Gramcounter  
 
Review: Lots of fun flowie runs, good mix of jumps & bridges. The land seams to drain well ... with a fair helping of elevation. But the place could use some updates ... signage, wood bridges and such

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Trailblazer

August 21, 2014
 
Review: This is a great trail if you need a good challenge and get ready for your legs to burn. Beware of the"Furnace" section if you go on an 80 degree day, brutal.

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Doubletrack


July 29, 2014
JBX Doubletrack  
 
Review: Awesome trail for Ohio, although challenging anywhere.
Some great features, congrats to builders and those maintain it. I went on a wet day which made it extra challenging, would to try it dry. I'll be back have family in woo.

Similar Trail: Rocky River

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Bunny Hop

July 15, 2014
 
Review: Seriously awesome trail. Unique terrain with some gnarly trail features. The trail was a bit wet which made an already technical trail more difficult, but it didn't stop me from hitting the spines and going down the devils backbone or whatever the hell that steep drop is..all fun. This trail is only recommended to the experienced rider.

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Gramcounter

October 24, 2013
rattler Gramcounter  
 
Review: So my brother had his bachelor party here and got me to join him. I have owned a 'mountain bike', but it is a rigid Raleigh M40, so he got me on a friend's second bike.

Good bike, but holy cow, this was the first real mountain biking I have ever done. I have been on a bike forever and was a country boy growing up, but this trail was awesome. I watched plenty of videos ahead of time of people on this trail and maybe that helped to prepare me, but I did relatively well...as in no broken bones!

So since then, I have take up MTB at a sprinting pace and can't wait to get back here to better hit the tight switchbacks, steep dips, dirt skills section and all the other awesome obstacles here.

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March 24, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: **3/23/13- Trail is open, but all of the melted snow calls for one messy track. About half of the trail is a muddy mess and the other half is manageable. Nonetheless, probably the best trail in Ohio i've been to.

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Vultures Knob MTB Trail 4.64 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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