May 5, 2014
This trail is outstanding for beginners and loads of fun for more experience XC'ers looking for a system that has great flow and can carry speed.
My son, who's 11 years old, is just getting into mountain biking. I needed a trail that was short, had bailout options, and wasn't challenging in terms of technical sections and climbing. So I took him to John Bryan State Park (my first time there, as well), which was about an hour from us in Delaware. He had a blast, and to my surprise, so did I. We weren't there for me, we were there for him. So I had already subconsciously resigned myself to being a bit bored after reading reviews of how flat and non-technical the terrain was. But I was wrong: it was so much fun being able to go all-out on the trail, and he had a great time, too. This is stress-free nature riding at its finest.
You're not going to build strength and endurance on this trail, but you WILL have a ton of fun. The trail is extremely well maintained: it was clear, very well marked, and dry even after a week of showers. Everyone we met on the trail was very friendly, as well.
We'll no doubt be back for more!