April 16, 2016
I don't know why some reviews here are bad. Here is my view. They have a facebook page called "The trails @Andrews." I have been told there is 14 miles and 5 different sections. What is nice is you can get in a 45-60 minute quick ride if you ride one section or you can do all sections, if you want several hours on the trail. You can take your pick.
Bikes I recommend for these trails: hard tails, XC full suspensions, Trail bikes, and possibly all mountain bikes. Enduro bikes or down hill bikes are over kill here and not needed. The best bikes for this trail I say are XC bikes or Trail bikes between 100mm - 130mm of rear travel.
There is some good short climbing, long climbing, fast flowy single track, technical areas, a couple downhill sections that are very easy for the intermediate and expert, a fire road section, flat easy single track, plenty of areas to jump and catch serious air if you want.
The system is maintained by a local MTBing trail group not affiliated with Andrews university. Andrews just owns the property, at least that is what I was told. Thank you to them for all the work they put into this trail, it's really changed in just a couple of seasons.
You will encounter some runners, and walkers/hikers at times but predominately you see MTBers. The runners and walkers mostly use the first section of the trail they never go to other sections so you can really rip it of you want on the other sections. The trail has signage and colored arrows to keep you going in the right direction but could use more as some sections are not marked too well. It is maintained well but not marked too well. I care more about the trail though and not the markings.
They have many berms set up to keep you rolling fast and there is some good jumps as well. There are no rock gardens that I have found, but I will admit to only have rode three sections of the trail. The trail can be muddy in some sections up to three days after a rain. I believe it is because the high trees not much sun gets into some areas. For the most part it's got it all. I like the section on the way back closer to the end of the ride. You find it to be very flowy, lots of berms, and pump track type of jumps. Drop you dropper post and pump the bike in those sections at some speed and it is really fun. It is typical Michigan looking trails with walnut trees, elm trees, and oak trees not so much in the way of pine trees. So, for South west Michigan I think it is enjoyable.
It is easily located as well. When you get into Berrien Springs from the overpass bridge on Highway 31, you will see an abandoned car lot called Bob Cooper's Auto and next to that is BP Gas station convenience store that has free air by the way. Across the street from these two is a street called Campbell Dr., go on this street and you'll pass a Korean SDA church and drive till you hit the parking area. You'll see it on the left, its less than a quarter mile from the church. You'll see the trailhead from the parking area.