Vultures Knob

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added by razz Granny Gear on April 28, 2004
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.
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JBX on July 28, 2014
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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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nswab-lowcountry_biking on July 15, 2014
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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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rattler on October 24, 2013
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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 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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Guest on March 23, 2013
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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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Rghjr7806 on January 10, 2013
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Review: This trail has some long, sustained climbs that give you a decent workout. The technical features are amazing and they just keep coming. My only real complaint is the flow, which is definately lacking in some areas. Still, the builders managed to stuff more mountain biking fun into a tiny area than I would have believed possible. My hat is off to them. Everyone should get out to this trail atleast once. It can humble all but the best riders.

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ohioplaya28 on October 3, 2012
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Review: The best trail I have rode and I will say to anybody if your into mountain biking you must ride Vultures Knob

Similar Trail: Findley State Park

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Trail_Jogger on June 9, 2012
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Review: Vulture's Knob has been on my To-Do list for awhile so today I drove up from Columbus to ride it. The park entrance is at 4300 Mechanicsburg Road, which can be found at 40-51.052N and 081-58.813W. Follow that gravel road slowly back to the shack and park on the grass anywhere nearby. There is no official parking area, but just don't park on the dirt because trucks need to get through there to pick up mulch. After signing in, head out to the sign that says "The Beginning" and get started. The trail starts out as easy singletrack, but then the technical challenges make their appearance. Try those that are at your skill level - most can be walked over or ridden around but there are so many that you'll want to try them all. Today the trail was dry and fast and there was no underbrush to speak of - it appears to be well-maintained. I took alot of pictures along the way so I'll add them to the Photos tab so that you can see even more of the trail. For those from Columbus, Vulture's Knob is similar to Alum Creek P1 and P2 but is far more technical than P2. For those from Dayton it's like MoMBA but with more technical elements and the bridge to Hawk's Lair replaced by a swinging and tilting suspension bridge. For those in Cincinnati, you'll find it very similar to East Fork State Park. I am an older rider (54) and the one thing that impressed me at Vulture's Knob was how friendly everyone was. Overall, make sure that you ride this trail at least once in your life.

Similar Trail: Thorn Mountain Bike Trail at Findley Lake State Park in Lorain County.

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irishpitbull on June 8, 2012
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Review: Very fun trail with some great features. Also do Mohican when your in the area.

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torchersoccer on May 16, 2012
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Review: Fun trail with some great knarly downhill sections and technical climbs. Great teeter totters, bridges, etc, and has a real fun downhill dirt jump section. Overall great trail.

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cannonballer on January 19, 2012
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Review: When I first started riding back in 2000 I heard horror stories about this place ! It was known as a bone breaker ! As I got better as a rider V.K. Keep popping into my head ?/! Could it be as EPIC as the stories suggested ? One late week day I drove out to wooster. Found the big wooden vulturer pointing to the path! I giggled a littel knowing something big was about to change life forever ! I pulled into the parking lot and found it full ! It was race nite. I entered in the noviced class. $20. It turned out to be the best way to be enterduced to the trail. Because I was always in last place and could clearly see what not to do! Lol, , , No spoilers here! Find out for your self! Its an Epic trail for Ohio ! When you see the big wooden vulture pointing to the trail " giggle " ;)

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Bob_Grimm on September 19, 2011
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Review: As a road guy for 35+ years and a mountain bike XC rider for 15 months this course is very challenging. I only living 15 minutes away and I've ridden it in all types of conditions and there are still areas that I have to walk or put a foot down. One time I'd like to ride the course without dismounting or putting a foot down. It has everything and if you ride this course it will make you a better XC rider.

Similar Trail: It's in a class of it's own.

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SuperTramp on June 14, 2011
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Review: Vultures knob is an excellent mix of tough climbs, steep descents, and challenging obstacles. Overall the ride was a very humbling and exhilarating experience that I will definitely do again in the near future. Riding a trail this rocky was a new experience for me and it beat me up a bit on my hardtail. Trail is a bit wet in spots with several large puddles and about a dozen muddy spots but overall dry considering the amount of rain they've had in the last two months. Consider wearing bug spray as the mosquitoes come in swarms this time of year. Also worth noting that Orrville Cycling and Fitness is an excellent LBS about 15 minutes away that has great hours and an extensive inventory.

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MINIC on November 3, 2010
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Review: Its only around 7 miles long but don't let that fool you. This trail is sick, in a good way. Bridges (all kinds), sea saws, some steep loose climbs/descents even a 1/2 pipe style one and OH so much more

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cnote678 on July 26, 2010
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Review: I first rode this trail as a kid back in '98, and now that I've ridden all over the midwest and Alaska I can still say it is my favorite trail. Lately it's been going a little softer and the trail isn't as dangerous, intimidating or fun, but it is still a great trail and I would recommend it to everyone.

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jneuff on July 24, 2010
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Review: Very fun singletrack loop. It alternates btwn fast flowing single track and crazy bridge and wooden contraption that will challenge even the most technically inclined. I loved the suspension bridge, and a neat almost halfpipe dip called the Cradle. Also the see saws they built that you can ride on are quite cool, and intimidating, if you've never ridden on one. This was my first mtn biking experience in Ohio, and it was a great one. It took my girlfriend and I about 1 hr 45 min to do the trail at a leisurely pace.

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slider22 on May 17, 2010
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Review: I must say I came to this trail pretty cocky and was humbled by the end. There are some fanastic downhill stretches, but once you get to the bottom you know you have to go back up=/ The inclines aren't very sharp, but what they lack in steepness they make up in distance and overall loose gravel. Plenty of cool bridges (they even have a suspension bridge) and jumps. Don't get too cocky until you've mastered the knob.

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photoj13 on March 2, 2010
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Review: This trail is an absolute blast to ride. Some very fun and fast single track, and some brutal climbs. Some very cool technical obstacles as well. If you do not have cuts or sc***es after you ride the Knob...then you rode it wrong.

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billbill357 on October 3, 2009
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Review: great trail already. but this year they added a freeride course! havent ridden it but heard its great. if you live anywhere in ohio then you need to do this trail

Similar Trail: phase II

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wheelieboy on August 12, 2008
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Review: Best trail I have ever ridden!! Coming from south florida there is nothing like this trail. Great use of the terrain as you wind up and down the mountain/hill. Great man made bridges and obstacles! This trail is heaven for the advanced rider!

* Review edited 8/12/2008

Similar Trail: None that I have been on.

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swpski on August 10, 2007
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Review: One of my favorites in Ohio. Went out there is 2004 and would be willing to go back again even though I am in California now. Lots of fun single-track. Not crowded. Some cool little stunt areas and tons and tons of trails. Highly recommend it.

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popeyoungseeker on August 1, 2007
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Review: Still a great place but the killbuck section is closed. So alot of the cool stuff you can't even get to now. Doesn't seem to be getting the love(care) it has in years past . Still a good run but they need to update there website or maps.

Similar Trail: west branch state park

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jrblackman on July 19, 2007
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Review: Found this trail to be a different kind of technical than I am used to riding in Northern MI. Rode it in a July during a dry spell so there was little mud or water, good ride but less speed than I prefer. Some of the bridges added to the challenge with some very narrow crossings. Over all a challenging and enjoyable ride but I would have a liked a couple of sections where we could have really opened it up. It never did flow for me.

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tumbleweed14 on July 13, 2007
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Review: This is a fun set of trails. There is some very challenging stuff on here, natural and man made. Several bridges, tree splits, some sections for some free riders and air junkies. Also some great singletrack. The trails are very well maintained and get lots of use. If you're coming from far away, this is worth it, especially if you ride mohican in conjunction. I don't think it was particularly flowy for xc riders, but it was plenty of fun and the challenge was there.

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Vultures Knob MTB Trail 4.61 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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