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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +145/120 ft
Total: 40 riders
 

Mountain Biking Ella Sharp Park

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#144 of 304 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#9,277 in the world

The trails provide people in the Jackson area with opportunities for fitness, recreation, and enjoyment. There are 8 separate trails. These trails are suitable for mountain biking, running or hiking. There is approximately 9 miles of single track cut into the woods of the Park.

Trails are well distributed throughout the park. To assist you to locate trials, trailheads are marked by signs. As you travel on the trails, you will notice orange paint (usually) on trees or other landmarks so you can follow the trails.

First added by freon on Sep 12, 2009. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take 127 to South Street West to Fourth Street. The park entrance is at 3225 Fourth Street across from the golf course. Convenient parking at the Museum.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Jackson, Michigan

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Intermediate | 3 mi

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  • David Crippen
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    For a bit of clarity... Ella Sharp has several trails.
    Intermediate:
    School House
    Trail #1
    Trail #2
    Trail #3
    North Loop
    Probert

    Beginner:
    Museum Loop
    Hedge Row
    Driving Range
    East River
    and a couple of "Short Cuts"

    My wife and I road the School House and it was a good beginner intermediate, not beginner. The technical sections can be a bit intimidating to new riders, but there's nothing crazy. Could use a little grooming.
    I used to ride about 15 years ago and I didn't have any issues jumping into this one. My wife is a beginner and found a few of the is a bit much for her and some of the rocks and roots tripped her up.

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  • arnezie
    *****

    Great trail for the area, a little bit of everything. Non directional so watch out for others.

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  • Bill Hecht
    **

    This trail has the potential to be much better and offer more to those who enjoy Mt Biking. Much of the trail was difficult to find, need grooming and lacked excitement. However.... with some regular grooming, finding a way to connect the trails, some added sweet spots this trail could be a 5 star spot!

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  • acs395
    *****

    For someone who lives in Jackson, this is a 5-star trail just for the fact that it's a legit place to ride that's close to home. For an out-of-towner, maybe 3 or 4 stars.

    It might lack any marquee features or challenges, but the tight twisty layout with some punchy climbs (some with roots & rocks) will challenge you and give you a great workout if you pedal.

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  • DTMiOS Rider
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    Really fun trail has some easy sections and other sections that may challenge novice riders with the occasional drop or log to bunny hop over...overall biginner trail great fun! However navigating between the "separate trails" was a pain in the rear. Navigation of the trails is very difficult if you haven't ridden here before. There are Soto many sections of road riding between exit of one trail and enterence of the next. Could be better but not bad for the heart of Jackson!

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  • dsarno
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    Wow, what a great little gem in the city of Jackson. Great trails, well groomed, good challenges. Accurate indications of levels. Great beginner trail. Lots of fun!

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  • chadshipley
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    If you are looking for a park your car at the trail head and have a great day riding then this trail is not for you. The trails are way too spaced out with too much road riding between. The day I went was an epic waste of time. The park was full of cars and soccer players with families. Not a relaxing fun filled day of riding I was looking for. I hope this review will save others from making the same mistake I made. So many other great trails to enjoy!!!

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  • jkrout
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    There are a lot of trails scattered throughout the park. It can be difficult to link the trails together and sometimes you can't avoid taking the roads to get from one trail to another. School and tunnel trails are very fun with some elevation changes and switchbacks. They have some fast sections with technical features here and there. Overall its a good place to ride with a lot of different trails to choose from.

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  • RoadWarrior
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    Just had time to ride 3 of these trails. Trails are scattered throughout the park. Go to Cascades Cycling Club web site for a map of the TH's and dir. on how to string them together. http://www.cascadescyclingclub.org/

    Rode Museum, Tunnel, and School trails. All were a lot of fun, They have managed to pack a lot of trail in a small area ( Can high 5 you buddy as he rides by).* Review edited 7/9/2010* Review edited 7/9/2010

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