Cacapon State Park

3.20 out of 5
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This trail is very challenging. It is more of a hiking trail to the top of a mountain. There are a variety of less difficult trails {Central, Laurel, Cabin, etc.} at the bottom of the mountain. However, if you hike and hike your bike 2-3 miles to the top on Ziler Loop you will be either rewarded or tortured with very difficult downhill singletrack. The downhill is extremely rocky, intricate, and steep. If you are willing to walk up to challenge yourself and your bike, you will be able experience complicated shale covered descents littered with switchbacks and thorny rock sections. It was worth doing it once this season and maybe once each season, but the climb to the top almost makes it not worth the descent. {I am referring to ziler loop up and then the zig zag ziler trail on the map down} There are other trails that I did not get to explore, which seem less challenging but still very rocky and beautiful.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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August 7, 2019
Review: More than 3 miles trails now.I would guess at least 14 from what I rode.Trails will be a lot better as they get ridden more.A lot of rocky areas on some trail and some are more flow.Overall I would give it a 3-1/2.As tis is a new trail it will get better and could become a destination trail.One drawback is that the state park has no camping,just lodges and cabins.There is no parking fee.

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July 21, 2016
varider Gramcounter  
Review: If you like Elizabeth Furnace and the Fort Valley trails and are looking for something new to ride, Cacapon serves up the same rocky challenges on a smaller patch of land. Admission is free and the trails are lightly used. Take a look at the last picture in the photo gallery to see what you are about to get yourself into.

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February 16, 2014
Review: I like to ride the 4.5 mile Central Trail loop starting from the Bat Shelter parking area. This takes you north along the midslopes of the park where you will cross several small streams and other trail intersections. Signage is good and a map is available at the lodge or online--this is handy to have the first time. This trail can be difficult due to extremely rocky sections as well as several tough hill climbs. You will be rewarded with great downhill sections and passing through 2 scenic hollows. This area can see some traffic (mostly hikers) on the weekends and during the fall. Most weekdays evenings, you will have the trail to yourself. I would like to rate this trail higher, but it would need some trail work to make it a bit more biker friendly. Otherwise, this loop is great to challenge your technical skill and cardio.

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June 3, 2013
dlnelson15 Gramcounter  
Review: Read the reviews/description of this trail and heed the warnings. These trails are "Hiking Trails" with lots of rocks many of which are loose. Rode the Ziler Loop, Central Trail, and Laurel Trails. These trails gave me one heck of a cardio workout of which several areas required me to hike my bike through because they were either too steep, too marshy with rocks or just not rideable. The down hills had many loose rocks. This park has a lot of other activities to offer such as swimming, hiking, and horseback riding. Oh, and did I mention the trails had lots of rocks. Let's just say my full suspension bike got as much of a workout as I did during the 5 miles ridden.

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March 17, 2011
Review: I like this trail...I ride it whenever I am out that way for any reason which is less then before. The trails are well established, a lot of hikers.

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Cacapon State Park MTB Trail 3.20 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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