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Level: Intermediate
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +965/ -884 ft
Total: 74 riders

Mountain Biking Bavington

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#30 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#1,487 in the world

You can follow any direction you want, then figure out the travel to best suit your needs.

First added by Jester1911 on Sep 23, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Google maps to: N40 27 05.85 W80 24 42.26
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PORC Big Ride April 2008
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  • fuzzysb

    Rode here again and again I got lost but managed to get a 13 mile loop in. I'm struggling to connect the airport south trails to the van girder loop. A local told me it no longer connects due to a private land thing. Anyone know?

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  • fuzzysb

    I think this is one of the better places to ride in the pgh area. Nice twisty single track thru the woods with lots of pine forest. Not really single speed friendly due to steepness of some of the climbs

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  • Matt Bacola

    I've ridden just about all of the trails in the Pittsburgh area and Bavington is by far my favorite. The trails stand up to the Pittsburgh weather better than any of the others. I rode there yesterday and the trails were in perfect shape in mid-February. Not technical but lots of fun flowing buff single track!

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  • baz0157

    Brought my 10 year old son for his first time in the woods riding single track. Switchback trail was great! Not overgrown and perfect for his first ride.

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  • cermi

    Went not long after a rainy week and was able to get through most wet spots without a problem. Great area to master because there are plenty of hills to ride down or power up once you know your way around!! Now most trails are named and many are well marked.

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  • mx828

    I'm a newbie to the trails and mountain biking and I love this trail! I took my lady she rides a trek hybrid and easily maneuvered thru the terrain at a nice pace. Very cool trail system 2 thumbs up!

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  • Nathan LaValla

    Great CX trail system. Close to 30 miles of riding here. Some short steep climbs but nothing too crazy. Pure XC riding. It has been well maintained the last 2 or 3 years and drains well. If you want to ride for hours out in the middle of nowhere this is the place to go. You cant leave this place without a big grin on your face.

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  • rattler

    4 stars here. This area drains really well, primarily due to the work that the locals do.

    My favorite so far has been the figure 8 and SSX as well as the Old Airport Trail. Typically hit Old Airport then do the small loop inside that trail, the pine race track. In the figure 8, stay to the right for the best flow, though either way works.

    Some good technical spots, some good spots of flow, mainly this place is riding on a ridge. A bit out from the city area so less traffic.

    State hunting grounds too, so Sundays are good and sometimes, like early May there are restrictions.

    My first time here I rode back into the parking lot to find a local just shooting a pistol into a nearby hillside. He needed target practice.

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  • allmountain

    What makes this place shine is how quickly it dries, making it an ideal spot during the rainy season. There are actually close to 30 miles here, and with proper routing you can experience almost all of it in one ride. The trailhead at Haul Road is the best maintained couple miles, followed closely by the Figure-8 on Knowlton Hill Road; the trails around the airport and old airport tend to be saved for last. Most of the ride is on a bed of pine needles, and maintains some of the best flow in the area. If you're in the Pittsburgh area, you must check this place out.

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  • *****

    Dry and grippy

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  • Bhatman10

    These trails are located in Hillman St. park, a very large area. I was just visiting and did not have a map or see any other riders to ask so I explored. I parked next to the rc airplane field, and took the singletrack across the road. The terrain is incredible and vast, with lots of trick ups and downs along some sweet ridges. However the farther I rode the more offshoots I would come across as well as it being really overgrown with constant bush whacking and stops for downed trees spoiled the flow. I left a bit bummed but these trails could easily be 4-5 star. On my way out of the park I saw riders unloading in a different area, probably a more used section. Try to find a local or good map to ride with. Oh and there is hunting restrictions coming up soon.

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  • Dave Hunt

    Fun for all skill levels. Fast and flowy buff Singletrack that tends to be dry when everywhere else is a mud pit.

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  • don

    We'll maintained fast single track be sure to ride short & sweet and figure 8

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  • PanzerTrekk

    Nothing special. Not enough payoff for the work you have to do to get up the hills. Obstacles are few and far between and lack challenge. The biggest challenge here is the hills that are often dusty and covered with roots. Unless, this place is in your backyard and you only have an hour to spend riding, do yourself a favour and hit Frick or Hartwood or Boyce instead.

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  • ***

    We rode about an 8 mile loop yesterday. We really don't know the trail system and since the trails are not marked it can be a bit tough to figure out where you are...take a map from online with you and a gps. Horses had several miles of the trail practically unrideable. After talking to some locals and seeing they weren't near as muddy we obviously rode the not so popular route. All in all a good day.

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  • malva

    Love this one! Somewhat similar to Santos MTB trail in Fl in some sections. Sweet singletrack with a wild feeling. Be aware of the hunting seasion since its a state gameland. If you are going there in hunting season wear bright orange! Some climbing, some rooty areas nonetheless very fun.

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  • Calvin

    Have not ridden this trail in a couple of years as I have moved away from the area. From what I remember it had some sweet single track, so decent climbs, and a great ridge ride that had awesome views. Went through several diffent types of vegetation from hay fields to maple pine trees. What a great trail, cannot wait to get home and ride it again. Don't go during hunting season as it is state game lands. Wouldn't hurt to ride it with someone who knows the trail either because you can get turned around pretty easy.

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