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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +372/357 ft
Total: 31 riders
 

Mountain Biking Keehner Park

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Currently the trail is a bit overgrown but is a good ride if you live in the area. It can be a bit confusing until you become familiar. It quickly drops into the creek bed from the start and and goes into a hilly climb. (Lots of roots and very hilly) You cross the cut field for the powerlines and come into the woods again. It is very fast on the way out with a gradual downhill. It is an out and back and can be a figure 8 if you utilize the fireroad. Ride it and explore and stay off the hiking trails. They are mostly in the first entrance area even though they offer some knarly downhill but stay off please.

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
If driving on I-75 N take exit 21 Cin-Day Rd and turn right off the exit. If coming south turn lefyt and go over the overpass. Continue on Cin-Day Rd until the first stop light. Turn left onto Station Rd. (Look for the blue signs that say Keehner Park) You will cross over railroad tracks and immediatley after turn left onto Barret Rd. Continue for a few miles and Keehner Park will be on the right. Ensure to go o the second entrance with the Tennis courts and ball fields. Park at the Tennis courts and look for the small white sign in the treeline directly behind the courts. This is the trailhead. If you search Keehner park mountain bike trail a few maps are available but not very accurate.
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Overgrown (on May 24, 2019)
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Q: Can you ride dirt bikes on these trails?
A: No. These are mixed use MTB and hiking trails.

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  • GelGato100
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    This was the first time I have ever been on a trail and this was not very fun. The hills are too steep and covered with roots making them difficult to climb. On most of the hills we encountered, we had to walk because there were excess roots everywhere and at times the grade of the hill combined with the roots made climbing extremely difficult. We also saw some trails that we went on that were all gravel and the weeds were sticking out everywhere. My legs got brushed by little thorns and scraped. Most of the time I was in there, I was lost. This is because the signs don't tell you how to get out or where you are. There are better maps that can be made for this confusing park. The signs that you see, and rarely see, are vague and don't tell you which way is out it just shows you the direction of the trails.
    Overall, I recommend this trail to be for advanced mountain bikers who have experience with riding with small drops in the route and roots in the trail and creek crossings.
    After reading more, I realized that I may have been going on the hiking trails but it is impossible to know whether these are hiking or mountain biking trails. The mountain biking trails can be marked more clearly and frequently so that bikers have a safe and enjoyable ride.

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  • Iscariot
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    The trail is incredibly overgrown and washed out into a ton of ruts at this point. You drop right into a rock run and through a creek. the rest paths are filled with roots and very steep climbs. It is extremely hard to tell where the bike trail is and what off shoots are for you and arent.

    If some work were to be done on the path it might be worth coming back to, but without a clear trail, fallen logs, the overgrown trail, its not worth going to unless you live right near it.

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  • Ron Callahan
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    I went to Keehner Park on a weekday night when I could get no one else to ride.

    As other reviewers have noted, the trail head is not easy to find and the trails themselves are not really clearly marked. That said, in dry conditions, the trails offered enough variety to keep my interested and the roots and rocks were challenging though not overly so. It is more or less a power line trail, with single track routes going in and out of the forest, across the cleared section and back again.

    There is also a really long climb on what amounts to double track. There's really only one track in a widely mowed swath and the climb is long enough to get a really good burn going in your legs. The best part is going back down. Without trees inches away from your bars, you can really let the brakes loose and let the bike work.

    I can tell that it would be a bear if the trails were the least bit wet.

    This place has potential. A regular trail steward would do this place a world of good.

    All in all, if you live in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati and want a trail that's easy to get to, this is a good choice.

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  • Shawn Davies
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    Great ride but watch dog walkers. I spent a few hours in the ER this evening because a dog decided to talk a bite from my leg.

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  • ***

    nice park trails can get a bit confusing but not hard to find your way out. beautiful bedrock creek. great trail if you live close by

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  • Mjohnson3711
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    Trail itself is probably nice when it's dry . . . and maintained. Some signs but a little confusing. Lots of fallen trees to move.

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  • DADDYindaNATI
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    Being practically in my back yard this trail is my go to spot for getting a quick MTB fix. The trail is slightly overgrown, a little confusing, and in need of some TLC, but it is a good challenging trail. With two creek crossings, steep grades, and plenty of roots, you can get in a well rounded ride that can be enjoyed by a new rider to even the more experienced.

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  • ***

    The trail is alright. Some places its overgrown and damaged. If you don't know the layout which there are no good signs to help you, you will most likely get lost. The trail fuses in with the hiking trail which gets confusing. Overall its decent. Mitchell is wayy better.

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  • marc_laker
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    The trail is iced over right now so it was very slow going and easy to break traction. In order to make some of the climbs the trail needs to be bone dry. This trail is not laid out very well and it's hard to get any kind of flow or speed going. I've ridden several "advanced" or black diamond trails and this isn't one of them. Some areas are short, steep climbs, but there isn't much elevation change overall.

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  • Bigcountry300
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    I recently moved into the West Chester area and hit up Keehner park for the first time. The trails were a bit ungroomed, and had a couple large trees down that i had to pick my bike over. Overall, these trails were a great time with a lot of challenging sections. I was forced to take my riding to a new level. It is very confusing trying to make a loop of all the trails, but you can always ride the power line trail in and get back. This hill is very very fast and awesome. i may have wondered into some of the hiking paths, but there seemed to be way more than three miles of trails. My computer had me at three miles when i broke my back hub, and there were plenty more trails to explore. A lot of roots, but easly managable with a good lines. Upon entering the trails, there is about a 200 foot downhill into beautiful bedrock creek. I will defenatly be back when i get my bike fixed.

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  • khapkaos
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    Singletrack in north Cincinnati area. Has some very nice downhills (one is screaming). However, the trail has not been maintained well and is extremely "rooty" and washed out in places. Not for beginners. Trail is also shared with hikers; there is also a large dog that wanders free.

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