June 23, 2016
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!