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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +171/152 ft
Total: 81 riders
 

Mountain Biking Findley State Park

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#11 of 107 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#676 in the world

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.

First added by slider22 on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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25381 State Route 58, Wellington, Ohio
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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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  • chudnerson
    *****

    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.

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  • Karthek A
    *****

    I drove an hour to ride after reading your review and honestly no one can write a better description than yours. Thanks

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  • Karthek A
    *****

    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

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  • joshr502
    *****

    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.

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  • Anthony Bunt
    *****

    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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  • bmxdougherty
    *****

    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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  • FrankReynolds
    ****

    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.

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  • Manduro
    ***

    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

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  • Coner43
    ****

    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.

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  • nidabm
    ***

    The Findley State Park trail has a very nice flow to it. The 9 mile loop is pretty flat with some short climbs and downhills and not very technical. You can really fly through it, particularly the middle section, which has a lot of switchbacks that are fun to corner around. You can do the loop a couple times and get a great workout without feeling like you've been through the grinder. The description above indicates the trails are not marked well, which I did not find to be the case. It thought it was very easy to navigate. A great trial for the beginners to intermediates.

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  • rsmtnbiker29
    ****

    Pull in to the Findley State park and turn left. Mtn bike trail starts near the dead end road North of the parking lot about 25 yards. The first mile of this trail is twisty and rooty then it opens up to a faster and wider trail. It reminds me of the Reagan park Trail in Medina for its curves. There is some flow to the trail through the middle and end. good trail for beginners and someone looking to improve on their cornering skills. Check the previous days forecast cause this trail seems to hold water more than other trails.

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  • Richard Hespen
    *****

    This is my home trail and it is one of my favorites. It has everything you could want in a XC trail except long, sustained climbs and downhills. The first third of the trail has plenty of short climbs and drops as well as some fun, technical features. The middle third is flat with a few technical features. You can really fly in that section. The hills return for the last third, which is probably the best part of the trail. I try to ride Findley once or twice a week when conditions permit and I never get bored with it. Finally, the trail is in a nice state park with a lake you can swim in. For Ohio, I would call the scenery fantastic.

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  • clevohardcore
    *****

    A few friends and I have been hitting this trail pretty regularly this summer. Once a week or so and its been a blast. We are new to riding, but I will review anyway. The first time we went we got a feel for it. The second time we went full boar and have ever since. Timing ourselves and trying to master some jumps. Even went during a downpour in the evening. It was rad. Flat surface, hills, tight turns and roots, all of the above. GO!

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  • ohioplaya28
    *****

    My first ride at Findley State Park and I will be back.The trail from start to finish was good with good ups and downs.I like riding my bike through the chapel with the good downhill.9 miles riding the Thorn

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  • *****

    Really fun trail to ride, firt time today and loved it. Challenging first part of the trail flat middle section. Make sure you choose the "fun" section near the end!

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  • NateWayne
    *****

    Totally rad tral. really enjoyed it. Alot of climbing but its all rewarded. Saw some old timers and regular shredders building a new section. very well maintained. Great Ohio wilderness shred.

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  • mtn417
    *****

    Very fun trail to ride. Just follow the thorn loop trail. Sweet singletrack, really like the half pipe near mile 6.5.

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  • oneeyeredeye
    *****

    excellant trail!! first two miles are alittle tech. then the next six miles are flat and a speedway. the last two miles are kinda tech. great short little hills with lots of roots and a couple of log skinnies to ride. overall a great trail. worth the drive from dayton.

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  • Trail_Jogger
    *****

    The Thorn Mountain Bike Trail at Findley Lake State Park is an outstanding trail in that it has something for everyone. I drove up from Columbus and it was worth the drive. The trail parking area is at the northwest end of the park. The trail starts out heading across the dam and then ducks down to the left for some singletrack. This section of the trail ultimately comes out near the dam spillway then dives into the woods again. Beginners can actually ride from the trailhead across the dam and then go to the right of the spillway to avoid the more technical areas. But it is the entire eastern side of the lake that I loved because the terrain is flat, the trail is fast, and there are numerous obstacles that can be attempted including a double teeter totter that was fun. South of the lake is a series of several whoop-di-doos that are smooth and have good clearance so you can fly down one side and up the other then bank left and do it again. And there is also a long downhill that starts at the Chapel, shoots straight downhill, then hits a banked curve at the bottom. Various maps show the trail as 8.0 miles although I explored several side trails as well. There are long stretches of smooth single track and occasionally rooted areas, but the roots are seldom greater than 2" in diameter. This is a fun trail and is worth the trip to try it out. I'll upload some pictures so that you can see what I mean. This trail is now on my annual to-do list and is currently my favorite trail

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  • Oldcog
    ****

    This is a great trail when the weather has been dry for awhile. Nice scenery around the lake. Nice rides through the woods. Nice campground. Excellent use of topography -- especially a few ravines and hills in one section. It doesn't seem to dry out as fast as some other trails in the State, so be careful if it has rained in the past few days. You might find yourself encountering A LOT more mud than you expected, which will cut your ride short (if you are responsible).

    This is also a good place to bring beginners, since there are long sections that are relatively easy, and many of the fun obstacles are optional. Also, since the ride goes around a lake, the beginners can take a leisurely ride in the park while you have fun.

    Maps are easy to come by and will make the trip much more enjoyable. Thanks to the volunteers who crafted this!!

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