Trail system has been designed for both mountain bikers and hikers. Mountain bikers will find a flowy trail designed for riders of all abilities provided they have enough leg strength for some of the climbs and enough bike control for the downhills. Riders looking for the most elevation change should choose the outside loop on the trail west of Orchard Hill (just stay left or right at each intersection depending on your chosen direction of travel). The trail east of Orchard Hill has more elevation change with longer climbs and faster downhills. Current trail maps are available at gtrlc.org.
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Three parking lots provide access to the trail system. Directions to each as follows from Bellaire:
*Orchard Hill parking lot - take Forest Home west from M-88 at the north end of downtown. Then turn north (right) on Orchard Hill. Parking lot is 1/2 mile ahead on west (left side). This entry point is about 1 mile from downtown Bellaire so many choose to ride from town.
*Vandermark Road parking lot - Take Bellaire Highway west from M-88 at the 90 degree turn in downtown Bellaire. Vandermark Road is about 1 mile from town; turn north (right) onto Vandermark. Road comes up quickly as it is on a curve. Parking lot is approximately 1/2 mile up the road on the right side.
*Eckhardt Road parking lot - Take Bellaire Highway west from M-88 at the 90 degree curve in downtown Bellaire. Eckhardt Road is approximately 1.5 miles west of town. Turn north (right) on Eckhardt Road. Parking lot is one mile down on east (right side)