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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +243/247 ft
Total: 122 riders
 

Mountain Biking Caesar Creek

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#73 of 106 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#10795 in the world

Great network of trails by the lake. There are a lot of hills on this trail to keep the trail rolling. Several descents are steep and the ascents can be just as challenging. Lots of leaves here in the fall to slip you up. Much of the trail is tight, twisty singletrack lined with small trees. Varied terrain but nothing too difficult or technical.
Trails are wet and rutted early in the season. Prime time to ride here is between late July and September. Maintenance sometimes lacks so be prepared to duck and weave between overgrowth. Can't rule out the occasional downed tree either.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Dayton: Take 675 south to exit 5, Hwy 48. Take 48 South 8 miles and turn left onto 73 East toward Waynesville. Go through Waynesville and cross Caesar's Creek Lake. Go approx 1 mile and turn left onto Harveysburg Rd. Trailhead is at the end of this road. From Cincinnati: I-71 north to exit 45, Hwy 73. Go West on 73 towards Waynesville and turn right onto Harveysburg Rd. Trailhead at the end of the road.
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  • afdrmom
    *****

    I ran this trail for the first time yesterday and I loved it! Lots of hills, beautiful scenery next to the lake, dense forests. I was a little surprised to meet two hunters in the woods. I guess I didn't realize it was hunting season and that people could hunt there. Now I know and so do you.
    I'm not a mountain biker bc I'm pretty sure I would die. So I'm not sure if these trails are good for that, but they seem steep to me. But they are perfect for running!

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  • baw02141
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    This trail is intense! If you're looking for a work out than this is the trail for you. I enjoyed it, but it's not for everyone. The climbs are steep, in places, combined with some knarly roots. There are a lot of roots. With that said, the trail is being maintained, even though the signage is almost non-existent.

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  • dana92488
    ****

    Nice technical trail system. I was a little out of my element on my vintage XC bike.

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  • iliketexmex
    *****

    If you are skilled & fit and looking for a challenge, this is for you. It is old school style trails, where grades go nearly straight up the terrain and rain washes out everything until you have a rooty stair-like condition. There are long chill out sections in between the challenging stuff, so even if you can't do everything you can still ride. There are nice views of the lake.

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  • DogStarMan
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    This is the worst trail system I have ever ridden. We wound up walking our bikes every 50 ft. It was highly technical with no indication of being so. So it was a hellish slog through mud, ruts and endless, root covered hills. There is absolutely no reason to ride here when there is MOMBA or John Bryan close by.

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  • cavedweller
    ****

    Cincinnati GNAR. CC is a wild and wooly 12ish miles of bliss in the Cincinnati area, lots of roots and fall line trail make this network and very technical system. There are several vertical walls that seem impassable...but Ive seen singlespeeders blow up them like it was nothing. There are 3 different loops...maybe more...that can be alternatively connected to change up your route. This system is not for the faint of heart.

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  • Gary Branham
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    Trail was fun, but not maintained at all. And with lots of little paths leading to fishing holes, it was difficult to stay on trail. Over all it was a fun pricker filled ride.

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  • MatthewE
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    ***NOTICE*** if it has rained in the last week avoid this trail. Aside from that it's just ok. It doesn't really flow very well and isn't maintained as much as others in the area. It is long so you can get a pretty good workout.

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  • DADDYindaNATI
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    This trail was a fun, quite ride. The day I went it began to lightly rain, and combine that with the excessive fall leaves and it made the trail slightly more challenging. There are a few steep grades in a couple of areas and plenty of roots. Scenery is great as this follows along a lake. I would recommend this trail to anyone.

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  • tidwe255
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    If you are looking for a challenging trail and few people to deal with Ceasers creek is the place. It is definitely the most technical in the Dayton area. There are three loops: the harveysburg, south ward road, campground, and turkey run. I have ridden all trails except turkey run. The campground is extremely overgrown and is in great need of maintenance. The south ward road has the most technical terrain, best views but lacks in flow, and the most technical areas are in possible. The harveysburg trail is my favorite loop of the three as it has a decent amount of technical terrain and has the best flow of the three. This trail system has a lot of climbs with roots and with the leaves in the fall it will buck you around. Overall this is my favorite area to ride in the dayton area.

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  • Trek 69er
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    This is course taught me to be a good rider. because It isnt very flowy, (lots of sharp turns followed up by steep up/down hills.) and has a TON of roots it teaches you great bike control. When you roots get wet there like riding over ice, making a great challenge since there's no lack of up and downs. There's also some great views of the lake at some points. this is my "go to" trail if im looking for a good 3-5 hour riding session.

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  • outback96
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    Rode the trails here on sunday (7/14/13) and the trail maintenance is seriously lacking! Lots of limbs and overhanging branches over the trails, bridges that need repaired and drainage ruts that could cause some serious injuries. This is the last trail on my list of area trails that would recomend.

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  • kleppe
    ****

    Good trail but very confusing. Will map out with GPS on next ride

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  • khapkaos
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    Several loops avalible. Good trails; not great trails. Several sections have short steep downhills and uphills. I'll never be the greatest rider but I could handle most of the sections. Well maintained by the volunteers.

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  • oneeyeredeye
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    been riding here on and off thru winter great place for a workout lots of climbing. just seems like there is hardly any flow to trail. lots of roots. harveysburg hill is defiantly a challenge. superbowl is cool. go get you some of ceasar creek. not one of my favorite rides but that dont mean you wont like it.

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  • oneeyeredeye
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    rode last week for first time. wasnt to impressed seemed like all you done was straight up or straight down. not too much in the way fo flow. good place for a workout i guess.

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  • afoconnorr
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    I rode this trail system today and loved the challenge ie hike a bike sections. I felt like ill be coming back quite often. I ride momba in Dayton at least 2 times a week, the trails here at the creek feel completely different offering a different ride style. Thanks cora

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