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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +255/331 ft
Total: 168 riders
 

Mountain Biking MoMBA @ Huffman MetroPark

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#21 of 108 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#1,443 in the world

Only about 10 minutes from Fairborn and Dayton and Wright-Patterson AFB. There is enough parking for at least 30 vehicles. They now rent bikes on Saturday's in the summer months. Bathroom facilities were upgraded significantly with 2 permanent vault toilets/changing area, drinking fountain, and a bike wash station outside. The water is available seasonally April-October. Here is the official ,page https://www.metroparks.org/momba/ This park actually consists of several different trails from beginner to expert/advanced with various lengths ranging from about 1/2 miles to about 2 1/2 miles. There are over 9 miles of trails total and they may be ridden both ways. These are all mountain-bike only trails: no joggers, runners, hikers, or motor vehicles allowed. No pets allowed to be walked on trail either. Most of the trails are in the forest with lots of turns, twists, humps, and (mostly) minor climbs. The routes are EXTREMELY well marked and easy to follow. There is a trail guide at the beginning and at Five points Junction (where 5 of the trails cross) and Wild West Junction (usually a good turn around spot for beginner-intermediate riders) however, you will probably want to make sure to bring a printed trail guide. EMS points are also available if an accident should occur, but I did not see a phone or alarm so make sure to bring your cell phone (coverage should be decent - there is a cell tower not 2 miles away.) The low areas crossing small creeks have been pretty well laid with stones. The trails are mostly stone and rock free (just compacted dirt) except for the Advanced Trails: Hawk's Lair and The Talon. There is now a big difference in difficulty between the newly added beginner Tot Track just off the parking lot, beginner Hilltop Flow trail behind the restrooms, and Twisted, onto intermediate trails: Mr. ZigZap, Upper Stealth, Lower Stealth, and Creekside Trails. Hawk's Lair (Advanced) proved to be a huge jump in difficulty. Serious bikers would probably not have much trouble at all. The Talon is an advanced section in Hawk's, you cannot accidentally get to this section of trail. There are caution signs. All trails have turns with a few narrow spots between trees. There are great wooden bridges for the lower-swampy areas. You have to ride through some of the courses to reach others. Note: There is now a course for young children (tiny tots and teens that opened last year!). Overall, it is a very well done mountain bike only facility. Here's a map link: http://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MetroParks-MOMBA-Map-06-2016-1.pdf

First added by jetdrvr on Sep 14, 2007. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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MapQuest Maps & Directions Use the following links for area maps and/or to get driving directions. Note: Some locations are only approximations due to limitations within the MapQuest system. use this link: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=4439 Lower Valley Pike&city=Dayton&state=OH&zipcode=45424&country=US&style=1&CID=lfmaplink
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Q: Am I allowed to trail run on the momba course?

Q: Anonymous question: is there any free ride stuff at all? Any ladder drops or kickers?
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  • micwhiskey
    *****

    MoMBA is great. Good flowing sections & lots of areas to improve your technique. Probably not going to excite a budding professional, but perfect for a weekend warrior or causal enthusiast. It's a great place to go and get into the sport. In the summer the bike rentals on Saturday 10-1pm are great way to get started at $6 /hr!

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  • LowDawg
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    MoMBA was great. Different trails for everyone. I started with the easy ones, worked up to the intermediate ones, and quit because the temp was 90s and I "burned out", literally. But, great ups & downs, twists & turns, and a great work with lots of fun.

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  • DirtbagN8ter
    *****

    Rode here 3 Days ago. Went with 3 riders and had a blast. One noob who did excellent and kept up. Creekside is always a sweet cruise if you go the right direction. Stay to the Left and go clockwise. Had a blast riding Hilltop two times and dropped into Twister to Mr Zig Zag. Always a great ride and fun for all. Mind the walnuts and monkey brains.

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  • CHRISPUB
    *****

    Great place. Something for everyone. Some easy trails, medium trails, hard trails, rythum sections, and jumps. Well maintained and they have a bike wash and repair stand. Takes rain well. Nothing bad to say about this place.

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  • Dbhook
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    This is the easiest accessible dedicated single track in the dayton area, one of the best marked, and well maintained parks I've been to. I wish there were a little tougher trails as most can just be idly ridden through, but it's still one of the best trail systems in the surrounding area. The dedicated mountain bike area with no foot traffic is a big plus to see in Ohio. Anybody up for a ride?

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter

    Here is a link to the best trail map I could find online for those who may be new to the trails. Very good map. https://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MetroParks-MOMBA-Map-06-2016.pdf. And here is link briefly describing each trail. https://www.metroparks.org/momba/.
    Kudos to Five Rivers Metro and its volunteers. They do a great job across the Miami Valley region for all users, not just mountain bikers.

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  • Angel K
    *****

    By far one of the best tracks I've ever ridden, especially as a novice rider. Visiting nearby for a work trip and brought my bike along, and I'm sure glad I did. The trail had exceptional signage, plus some trail maps to take with you, but not necessarily needed because of how well marked it is. Great, easy, green trail to get the blood flowing which includes a couple of small obstacles (small logs and rock bed sections). There's an opt out trail too if you want to skip the obstacles.

    The Hill trail brings you right into the main junction, and you're off! Each section is pretty short (0.5-1.2 mi), so you have many opportunities to take a break at the main junction of needed or keep riding. Not too rooty, most of the trail was narrow though. Small sections of bridges, which were well kept, wide, easy to transition into. Only small drawback is the track is bidirectional. So even though it's narrow, I had to proceed around each blind corner w caution for opposing traffic.

    Bathrooms are brand spankin new, plus includes a water fountain, tools, and hose to rinse your bike off. Highly recommended, I even spotted a wild rabbit (that I almost ran over) and a deer!

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  • Chris1985
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    Great fun. Took my wife and she loved it. We will be going back soon. Only issue is all the trails cross each other and go both ways. Just a little confusing but VERY well taken care of. Will be going back....

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  • cavedweller
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    Fun little system in the Dayton area. I has several little loops that all meet in the middle of the park that can be all sewn together in multiple ways to make a new route every time you are there. Nothing too difficult but does have a few little tech areas. There's multiple places to get rescued if you get hurt and need medical attn. Def check this out if you are in the area.

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  • Zhiheng Ding
    *****

    Narrow, tricky, aggressive cornering, not a trail for high speed DH stuff. Difficulties are from relaxing level to really technical level. Great trails for serious riders.

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  • justiceR
    *****

    This is where it all began for me. Wonderfully maintained lots of climbs and descents. Some smooth rolling single track and a rock garden and other man made obstacles. Love it love it.

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  • MTBrgmjr
    ****

    Very nice trail system. My only complaint, 800mm wide bars are not welcome on this trail! A lot of narrow tree spacing. Very nice tech sections. I really enjoyed the trail. Some very good flow. A new section is about to be finished, and it is very cool. All of the techy stuff are short runs, nothing too hard!

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  • ****

    Great trail system! One suggestion would be a rotation of direction (every other day) on the trails. There were 3-4 other riders there at the time I was and I almost ran into all of them. Just not enough trail to space everyone out. Still a great ride.

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  • memikee2
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    MoMBA is a very nice intermediate trail that has nice flow to it. The trail is kept in very good shape and has some very fun sections. It is bi-directional so you can have fun mixing up your rides. There is an advanced section that has more technical features and a rock garden. I have been riding this trail for over two years and it is still a blast to ride!

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  • lfrnks87
    *****

    Really fun trail so close to the city. Good flow and enough variety to keep it exciting.

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  • DADDYindaNATI
    *****

    This is probably the nicest and most well maintained set of trails in the area. There's plenty of variety for all types of riders. I rode all trails with the exception of twisted because it was closed and they all are worth riding. When I went it was pretty leafy and damp so it made curves and climbs more challenging. I would highly recommend these trails to anyone.

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  • jkrout
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    Good variety of trails from beginner to intermediate. There is nothing that anyone with moderate bike handling skills can't handle. There are some fun, fast sections and some technical rocky, rooty sections as well. Some of the loops are short so knowing how to link the loops together will help make it a much better ride.

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