Findley State Park

4.39 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 500 ft
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Trail Description
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This is a nice long trail with some pretty technical climbs and rooty portions that seem to lend itself to late season riding. The trail is long. The trail has a relatively flat middle section (between the spillway/dam and group campground) that has a lot of switchbacks. In the height of summer, sight distance might be pretty limited. Thorn Mtb trail is one way, but portions of it share access with other users, so pay attention. Also, the locations where the trails run together are not marked very clearly. The park entrance isn't marked very well, if you see the "park office" sign, turn there, make a right at the 3-way intersection, and the trailhead is on your left.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: can you run the trails? -Guest

A: I used to live down the road from there a few years back and ran the trail all the time. I actually came across the guys who were maintaining it and they were very encouraging. If you're running with the flow on busy days you need to keep an eye behind you.

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Reviews (29)

Granny Gear

November 7, 2018
chudnerson Granny Gear  
Review: Hard to decide if this was beginner or intermediate. I would lean towards beginner with the amount of smooth single track and intermediate with the occasional moments of crossing creeks, root sections and abrupt and short inclines and declines. Overall there is plenty to explore in this large windy set of trails. The intersecting hiking trails are a bonus if you want to take shortcuts or find some long wide straightaways to crank on. Pretty quiet with good scenery in the fall. Busy with campers and hikers in the summer.

Granny Gear

July 31, 2018
Karthek A Granny Gear  
Review: It is a fun flowy trail. It has some good descents and jumps and also few miles of cross country. You don't have to worry about the trail markings. There are clear signs at places where you have to make diversions. It has something for everyone. Plan ahead to go for a swim after the ride


July 2, 2018
joshr502 Gramcounter  
Review: My wife and I were visiting her parents and this trail was just a few miles away, so I thought I'd check it out. I'm glad I did! This is a fun trail. I'm still somewhat new to the MTB world, but this trail was well within my skill level. There are quite a bit of roots on this trail, especially in the first few miles. The trail was mostly dry with the exception of a few wet spots. I ended up wiping out on a wet root, but no biggie. The only bad thing I have to say about this trail is that there were a few areas where it wasn't that well marked. That could just be me being new though.


November 27, 2017
Review: FSP or the Thorn mountain bike trail has four different sections. Mile 1 to 4 is a lot of fun with tight, twisty S curves. I had several handle hits and shoulder rubs. It was a lot of fun ducking dodging and weaving around the flat forest. A tight curvy trail that forces agile bike and body positioning is some of my most favorite riding, and the start of the FSP has a lot of it. As they say in the MTB world, if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a tree, or something like that. Miles 5 and 6 are more open and feel like a XC trail. Not my favorite, but the trail managers did a nice job recognizing this and adding man made obstacles. Miles 7 to 9 is nothing short of phenomenal. It starts with a sweet downhill with roots and middle of trail trees that create an infinite array of line choices. I used my seat post dropper for the first time and I'm sure glad I did. The next couple miles have a lot of technical ups and downs as well as a scenic tour of the lake. Two miles of MTB bliss. The last couple miles had that new trail feel of bumpiness and sloppiness. Not a great ride, but new trails (I assume) are always tough to negotiate. Thorn has 4 miles of three star riding, 4 miles of four star riding (1-4), and 2 miles of five star riding. Overall it's a solid four star trail that's destination worthy. Cudos to the trail managers for managing a great ride!



July 31, 2018
Karthek A Gramcounter  
Review: I drove an hour to ride after reading your review and honestly no one can write a better description than yours. Thanks


October 8, 2017
Review: 5 stars when it's dry, 2 when it's soggy. Trail crews obviously worked hard to make this place a fun, flow trail. I prefer riding here when I want to go fast and not get beat up by a lot of climbing (Mohican) or worry about super technical stuff (Vulture's Knob).

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Granny Gear

September 19, 2017
Review: This year the trail has been in the best shape it has been in years. There is a new group taking care of it and have really done a great job. The trail has a semi challenging first section then flattens out. The flat section you can really fly through with very few hills. This trail does have more roots than most in the area but that just makes it more fun with a full suspension bike. They have also gotten rid of the alternating days so the trail is only clockwise now. If you find thorn trail on facebook they give update and have recently began adding more trail so make sure to add this to your list of trails to check out if you are in the area.

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July 29, 2016
Review: Nice trail. Fairly well kept. Lots of roots!

Granny Gear

July 16, 2016
Review: Wind storm has taken a toll on the first 5 miles of the trail. Is in severe need of clearing with a chainsaw. At least 10 down trees and large branches that are in rideable.


July 15, 2016
Manduro Gramcounter  
Review: Pretty flat with lots and lots of roots. Direction changes every other day but the teenagers that work at the park don't care enough to enforce it. Good workout trail but not really exciting rode both directions the whole loop both ways only took me about 45 min

Granny Gear

June 11, 2016
Coner43 Granny Gear  
Review: First time riding the course. I really like the flow of the trail, however it needs to be better marked as I kept having to back track exit/entrance sections when I would missed a turn.

Findley State Park MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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