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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +424/ -403 ft
Total: 95 riders

Mountain Biking Harbin park

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#32 of 114 mountain bike trails in Ohio
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First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"Harbin Park is located Fairfield, Ohio. From Cincinnati I-275 take the Mt. Healthy exit to State Route 127 (north). Go about 5 miles and turn left at Hunter Road. Hunter Road dead ends into the park entrance. Coming from Hamilton/Fairfield area go to State Route 127 (Pleasant Avenue in Fairfield) and travel south. Turn right at Hunter Road. Hunter Road dead ends into the park entrance. ";"great tight wooded single track
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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter

    Fun little trail system. Unfortunately they were still cleaning up from a storm that left several large trees down on the trail. Ran into the trail steward whom was working hard clearing the debris. I will ride this again on my next trip into town

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  • Timmymorg

    This was my first time here. It has an Interesting layout that can get confusing. I found some of it a bit monotonous and repetitive. There are a lot of short climbs, short decents, and tight switchbacks. I rode 6 miles before dark starting at the green beginner loop and moving on to the orange loop. I got a good feel for the trail and it's a decent workout. I'd like to come back and follow someone more familiar with the place. It won't replace Devou, Mitchell, or East Fork, but I'll go back.

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  • CombatEngineerMic

    Not a bad trail for a beginner like myself. I hit the intermediate track first, but found the begginer when I was done. I'll try the green trail next time. If you are like me you need tacos after a ride, great Mexican restaurant down the street. Not within riding distance but about a 6 minute travel by car. LaPinata

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  • nate_smith_1029

    very fun trail glad to have it close to home . lots of switchback and i got just the right amount of scars

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  • Bgone

    Sweet single trac.

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  • Manduro

    Overall this was a great trail I will definitely be back to shred again! The orange loop is definitely the best but needs to be marked a little better. About half way through it was hard to figure out where to go the flow on the first half was great and then due to the lack of defined pathways the flow was lost.

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  • Kyle Wetherill

    Great trail system. I rode it today and it was pretty dry with a few muddy sections. There were a lot of trees and large sticks down. I cleared anything I could but there are at least 4 large trees down that will definitely require a chain saw. Fun and flowing overall with several pretty good climbs and descents. Only area for improvement would be the trail markers at intersections of trails. It is fairly easy to get turned around. I'll definitely be back though!!

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  • Keymaster420

    This trail system continues to grow. The green trail has very much matured over the last 2 years. And additional routes continue to be added to the orange trail. And don't forget the blue trail, which is a good warmup or post trail to hit before or after the Orange/green trails.

    Kudos to those maintaining the trails.

    There are more roots on the Orange than the green; the newest green portions have little roots and it seems when newer trails are added, less roots are noted. And if you go the correct way, one can get the roots in favor and have them more on the up hills so you can gain some speed on the downhills.

    Defeating Mt. Mother on the Orange is always the goal and Green is fast and fun.

    It's challenging and definitely gives you a workout. Plus there is a nice gas/AmeriStop like store just down road between Harbin entrance and John Gray Road that has a lot of Craft beers that are cold and not warm like Jungle Jims.

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  • *****

    Fun ride and nice park. The trail is got some good climbs and so roots that will get you in you ain't careful a few drops and log overs as well.

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  • gotfro

    Like climbing? If yes, Harbin is for you! The geography of Harbin necessitates the need for tight, twisty trail that seesaws from ascending to descending so the space can be utilized effectively. What does that mean for you? It means you're going to get a heck of a work out after a few laps.

    The trails are split mainly into the Orange loop and Green trail which all totals around 6ish miles of trail. The Orange is intermediate to difficult with at least one log over and a number of root drops ranging from 8in to around 1ft or more. The root drops are located on a descending (or ascending if you go backwards, in which case it's a totally different ball game) section with a 150 degree right hand turn (estimated) that will sneak up on you if you're not paying attention. My first encounter with the root drops ended with me over the bars and taking one hell of a soil sample. The Orange is tight and twisty with a surprising amount of flow in the first half. The second half begins with Mt. Mother, which as others have noted, is a heck of a climb.The Green trail is is moderately difficult and with a tight and twisty ascent or descent (depending on your direction) and you can manage some impressive speed if you're up to the turns.

    Signage is a bit confusing, so make sure to take a good look at the map in the parking lot before you head off as you might miss portions of the trail or end up in someones back yard. Harbin is host to a number of cycling events including the Harbin Park Mountain Bike Challenge on certain Wednesdays in the summer as well as hosting a portion of the Cincy3 cyclocross event which was pretty awesome last year.

    If you're up for a good workout or just a quick ride, Harbin is a great place to ride, however, it lacks that destination quality that other trails in the area have (East Fork, Hueston Woods, Devou etc. etc).

    A tip:
    -Watch out or hikers and trail runners as Harbin is a public park smack in the middle of the suburbs.

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  • cavedweller

    Harbin Park hides about 6-7 miles of old-school tight, twisty and mildly technical singletrack in Fairfield OH. Finding trailheads can be tricky but I was able to find everything with minimal problems...just study the map at the kiosk. Most of the trail is of moderate difficulty; again, very tight and twisty throughout. There is one HECK of a hill climb, Mount Mother, and hats off to you if you can make it to the top. Harbin park is a cool little ride worth checking out if your in town and need a quick dirt fix, but not worth traveling from out of town to visit. Go to Devou or East Fork instead. Enjoy!

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    Good trails with slightly confusing signage. I really like the green trail in the back which was much more challenging. My only negative comment would be that the trail markers need to be better as there are some branches of the trail that look like a trail that dead end into a neighborhood or that go to absolutely nothing leaving no option, but to turn around. I would definitely recommend this trail.

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  • marc_laker   ✓ supporter

    Tight and twisty, hard to get any speed up. Lots of roots that were slick with fresh snow. Still fun though. Ride all 3 trails for a good workout.

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  • oneeyeredeye

    good trail for workout. couple good climbs like mount mother will get the blood pumpin some logovers one big one was pretty cool. other than that just some pretty tight twisty singletrack. do a couple laps for good workout

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~

    Nice, rolling with some twisty sections. Not to technical but it has a couple log-overs and an A-frame. Includes a pretty big hill that will get the blood pumping

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  • chris_norris41

    Many improvement made over the past 3 years by CORA (Cincinnati Off Road Alliance). A great workout in the middle of the suburbs!

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  • dolittle63

    Harbin Park is a really nice single track after work ride. It is relatively steep with lots of up and downs. One part that is double track fire lane is very steep and a challenge to climb. The time trials start this summer July 19th, 2007 and run for 6 consecutive weeks. Come out and do the ride, its a lot of fun and a good way to push yourself a bit more than normal.

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  • tumbleweed14

    Very short, but well maintained set of trails. There are some fun timetrials held here during the Fall. Some fairly fast sections and you have to do several loops just to get a workout. Head to Hueston Woods instead and see Bob at the bikeshop set up at the TH (www.bikerbob.com). He'll hook you up.* * Review edited 6/16/2008

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