John Bryan State Park

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3.72 out of 5
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Beginner
12.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 600 ft
↓ 700 ft
1,030
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Its a pretty simple trail, theres really no elevation changes or tough obstacles besides a few log jums and some small ramps. Theres one creek crossing. There are three loops you can ride with a total of 12.4 miles. There are a lot of tight turns on the longest loop so its hard to gain some good speed.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (36)
 

Granny Gear

October 8, 2018
baw02141 Granny Gear  
 
Review: The trails are very well maintained, fast and flow very well. It's a fantastic XC trail system. The system could use better signage at the intersections and the "feature play area" needs some attention.




Granny Gear

July 31, 2018
Karthek A Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the trail on 07/28/2018 and it was very well maintained. A very good beginner trail with few simple technical options. It will make the beginners more interested in taking the intermediate trails. You can also have a fun, simple ride in the woods without big efforts. Anyways, a decent cardio workout too




Singletrack


July 17, 2018
 
Review: Beautifully maintained Singletrack built for speed--nothing technical.




Granny Gear

June 4, 2016
 
Review: Very good beginner trail with some technical parts. Had a very fun time riding on this trail




Granny Gear

September 21, 2015
Skins45 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Had the trails all to myself the morning on 9/19.

First, maintenance was nearly perfect. They really do a nice job keeping it clean and each trail is well marked. Maybe need some new paint in the letters on the signs but that's probably nit-picking.

Second, if you frequent tracks like MoMBA, you will be sorely disappointed if you come in with anything more than expectations of a decent morning in the woods. The trails are very boring and all seemed to just blend in. I was told before coming here that it was pretty easy to pick up speed and flow was awesome; I have to disagree. While you can pick up speed on some portions, it seems like it's broken up and the flow is non-existent. "Flow" is pretty subjective though so please take that with a grain of salt, but it says a lot that I remember very little about any particular part of the system two days later.

Things aren't all bad. It's a great way to build cardio over a longer distance instead of killing yourself on 5 miles at MoMBA. It's also a very nice place to practice leaning the bike through turns, as mistakes are rarely dangerous. The wildlife I came across was pretty cool too; plenty of deer and turkey to feed a whole village!

It was peaceful and pleasant, but that's not always good when you want to rip it on your favorite MTB.




Bunny Hop

August 6, 2014
Cutbert Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I applaud the locals for the trail maintenance here to a T. Almost too much. 6" logs are ramped over, what? Yeah! If you're used to bunny hopping a 10 or 20" log then don't expect it here! This is a very flat terrain ride, nothing technical, nothing of much excitement. If you're a road weenie, 29r weenie who can't handle a true mountain bike trail then this is wimped down for you! Go for it. If you want to get some air, dodge and knock through rock gardens, hop logs and bomb a down hill then head south, you might find that in KY. I'm going there next, this was hardly worth the drive.




Trailblazer

July 1, 2014
memikee2 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Great beginner trail and great all around fast and flowing trails at John Bryan State Park. I have been riding John Bryan for over two years are I still have a blast when I ride! Nothing technical but they do have a small skills area with some technical features. Fun trail to take someone who has never mountain biked before.




Trailblazer

May 28, 2014
far4cges Trailblazer  
 
Review: A decent trail for flat and fast. No elevation so it is nice to hook the beginners into mtbing. If in need of a more technical trail go to MOMBA!




Bunny Hop

May 5, 2014
MrDoodface Bunny Hop  
 
Review: 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!




Gramcounter


March 5, 2014
lfrnks87 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great set of trails. Very well marked. This is the first set of trails I rode and nothing was too difficult to do as a beginner. The trails are kept up extremely well.



John Bryan State Park MTB Trail 3.72 out of 5 based on 36 ratings. 36 user reviews.
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