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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +967/854 ft
Total: 42 riders
 

Mountain Biking Green Lakes State Park

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#209 of 283 mountain bike trails in New York
#10764 in the world

This area has some great double track groomed for cross country skiing. Good for beginners or just some hard cross country style training. It also offers some decent single track in different branches. However most of these are out and back trails, not really capable of making a loop. There are some great wooded trails that are wide, providing a good place for beginners. There are several climbs that can be avoided if you want but offer some good high heart rate training. Great Place for interval work without having to get to technical. The scenery is great and the lakes are beautiful. The park offers swimming, fishing, camping with a great backdrop.
http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=23

This area also offers the Erie Canal Path which runs about 650 miles of paths and trails.
http://www.fingerlakes.org/nature/nature_canal.htm

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 Rt. 481 or 690 in Dewitt NY head east on Bridge St. which turns into 290. As you approach the end of 290 take a left on Minoa. If you reach Manlius Ctr rd. which is also 257, make a u-turn and go back about 100ft. Immediately after turning on to Minoa there is an Erie Canal Path parking lot on the right. This is a great place to start. You will ride out of the parking lot and up the 100 ft and left on Manlius Ctr. the trail starts about a quarter mile down on the right side of the road. There is a dirt parking area here also if you want to risk it. You can't really miss the entrance to the trail.
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  • supaphly42
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    Nice place to ride if you're in the area. Has a lot of double track, but some nice single track as well. Lot of climbing in some areas, but nothing horrible. Has gorgeous lakes you can take a dip in after the ride too!

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  • kwt31166
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    I have been riding the Green Lake trails for the better part of 10 years. This is a great place to ride having everything from beginner grassy double track to heavily rooted single track with small log jumps etc. You can make it a hilly adventure or ride the flatter sections up top. A lot of the single track has been added in more recent years and most of it is NOT labeled on the park maps. The park does not maintain most of the single track so these trails remain hidden and challenging. It is best to ride here with someone who knows the park and where the more technical fun stuff resides. There is plenty of parking outside the park with in a mile of the entrance. Just ride in. This may not be the park for top MTB riders but for beginners to intermediate riders it is a good time if you know where to go.

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  • zigggyyy
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    Technically easy. Hilly if you want but fairly flat options if desired. Start at the ranger station if the road to the camping area is closed or you want to start with a climb. Start at the camping area otherwise. Can be accessed without an entry fee from a parking area near the intersection of rte's 290 and 257

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    8$ to get in so if u wanna go somewhere to ride your bike this is not the right place to go this place sucks !!! For 8$ u cant even ride where u wanna ride cause some trails are for hikers only and to be honest there are not that many nice trail if any in the whole park. This park sucks for mountain biking.

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  • Chosen
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    Based on my one time there, I wouldn't recommend this park for mountain biking. First of all,it was $8 to get in. Once inside, I used the map to eventually locate several trail heads, only to find there was no parking nearby. One advanced trail head had two signs, 'biking permitted' and 'no parking' next to each other. Three out of four park employees had no knowledge of the bike trails or where to park. One said to park at the golf course lot, "the rangers are too busy to ticket".

    The trails I tried out were constantly intersected by hiker only trails, and poorly marked. (with some fun hilly sections though) This meant I'd end up on a section I wasn't supposed to be on, and not even know it.

    The one ranger I found who knew about the trails admitted the park wasn't designed very well for mountain bikes.

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  • ironhorse33
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    been riding green lakes for 3 years wasnt till last year i found some cool new trials.i decided to poke my head around a lil bit and found some pretty neat trails off the main loop up top,some pretty decent climbs if ya ride some of the trails backwords..all in all it can work ya out pretty good without realizing it.wish some of the hiking trails allowed bikes cause there would be some pretty bad trails....just gotta take your time theres more there than ya think!!

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