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Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
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Mountain Biking Horns Hill Park

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#19 of 113 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#1,086 in the world

Horns Hill is THE place to ride in Ohio if you're looking to get the best mix of all MTB has to offer. Packed into this 'small' bike park is just about everything beginner to even advanced riders may be looking for: jumps, drops, rocks, roots, downhill trails, flow trails, steep tech, jump lines, pro-level jump lines, pro-level drops... even some challenging climbing if you want it.The 'front side' downhill trails are directly accessible from the park road at the top of hill. These are all intermediate to very advanced level trails. It is strongly suggested to roll it or walk it first - THINK about and know what you are riding. 1 to 2 minute rollercoaster rides down the west side of the hill. Old-school single track and machine-built flow/jumps; most trails have sections of each style of trail. Park entrance road is the pedal - or hike - back up. It’s very possible to shuttle as well with the park road looping around to where all these trails come out at the bottom of the hill.* * Organized shuttles for the front side DH trails run many weekends. The Horns Hill Facebook group is VERY active and the best place to find out shuttle schedules or just get general info about Horns Hill. * *The ‘back side’ trails can be accessed by taking the connector trail on the east side top of the hill, or the park road, to the northeast corner of the park. Here you’ll find some beginner to intermediate flow and jump trails - Playground Loop, Greenhorn, Dog Bone. Getting to Slim Shady (the pro-level jump trail) and Jurassic (bike park style flow with huge berms) requires a push up from the bottom of the green/blue trails. Connect to Playground Loop to get back to the top of Greenhorn/Dog Bone.* * Typical trail conditions related to weather: The front side DH trails are ‘always open’ - trails are steep and mostly drain well. So, if it’s wet but you feel like getting muddy, get it. The back side trails however, usually need a day or two to dry out. Being machine-built and not getting as much sun means they stay softer longer.Horns Hill hosts events throughout the season - DH races, enduro races - usually weekend-long events with camping available, food trucks, etc. Info for events can be found at the COMBO Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization website.Being a city park, Horns Hill is open dawn to dusk 365 days a year. There is a park gate at the entrance and exit however, which is locked overnight. 9pm is typically the latest to still be parked at the top of the hill. The park road is steep so if it’s icy in the winter it may be locked to vehicles. There are porta-potties at the top of the hill but no other facilities or running water.

There are four trails (purpose cut ST DH runs), adding up to maybe 5 miles. There are berms, dirt jumps, rollers, small gaps, small walls and wooden drops. Do a DH run, and then either pedal back up the short hill for another run or shuttle up. It looks like Central Ohio has a nice little DH park here. The config for Horns Hill is a "network" because the climb back to the top is rather short, so you can keep networking trails together by riding the road back up. Of course many probably see this as a shuttle config.

Warning this trails are not kid friendly, you need a full suspension and disk breaks. The biggest jump is 22 feet - it is a gap on trail with no sign.

Trail 1 has a 6 foot Drop and a 10 foot Drop. It is the steepest trail with a 68 degree angle, so it is fun but be careful!

Trail 2 is the easiest trail out of all of them.

Trail 4 is a technical trail, with an easy start the start but turns gnarly quick.

First added by mongwolf on Mar 7, 2016. Last updated Jun 18, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: yes
  • Night riding: no
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
On I-70 east of Columbus take Exit 132 (OH SR 13/Jacksontown Road). Follow SR 13 north into Newark. Remain on SR 13 and on the north end of town look for Waterworks Road to your right. Turn right on Waterworks, go about 0.4 mi and cross the beautiful North Fork of the Licking River. After crossing the river, immediately turn left onto Horns Hill Road. The park is immediately on your right. You can park at the bottom (across the street from the entrance) and ride the road up to the top of the park (and trailheads), or you can drive up and park on top. The road is a bit steep 250' climb in less than a 1/2 mi, so it should be a nice short work out to start with and to add between DH runs.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Newark, Ohio

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  • DBR29
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    This park is incredible. Hats off to all involved in making this gem. It's nestled in a small town in Ohio but dont let that fool ya. These enduro trails rival big name parks. Definitely for the advanced rider. They have added many new trails. Its a down hill park with some inclines as steep as 68 degrees bring a full suspension rig. On some days they have a shuttle running. Make sure to wear a full face helmet and knee and elbow pads.

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  • Justinbelll
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    Opens Easter then closes October 31

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  • Infj88
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    Love this spot! Although I'm new to DH/FR I was seriously surprised and impressed by these trails. It's over grown is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars. I'm going there tomorrow with a garden rake and some other tools to help with washouts and debris. This spot is SKETCHY in the raddest way possible

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  • Daniel Broache
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    After I bought my DH bike (three years ago) this was the first place I came too. While a dual crown fork and eight inches of travel aren't required for these trails they are still loads of fun on a big bike. These trails are basically all jump lines with the exception of some wooden "North Shore" type features and some rocks towards the bottom of one trail. I've always shuttled back to the top but the road offers a smooth climb to those who are feeling some cardio. If maintenance seems lacking it's because basically one man does it all. Many black diamond features all with ride arounds, gapped jumps are rollable, a fun place to learn drops, jumps and berms at speed.

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  • mongwolf

    Looks like a small area but a very cool place to ride. My son and I passed through here a couple of years ago and didn't know the park was here. I look forward to riding here in the future. Here are few links to give you a feel for the trails, people, history, and condition. Plus there are several good videos posted on YouTube. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2009/06/01/Newpark.ART_ART_06-01-09_B1_JGE18UA.html https://ohiodownhill.wordpress.com/horns-hill/ https://ohiodownhill.wordpress.com/category/horns-hill/ http://ohiosingletrack.com/trailcondition.php?tabid=50

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