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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +641/605 ft
Total: 29 riders
 

Mountain Biking Scioto Trail State Park

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The first trail you will come to will be on the left at the top of a hill. If you choose this route you will climb to a peak and it's pretty much very steep extremely steep rocky downhills. Go left at the T, at the bottom of the first hill you go down. It's about an 8th mile to the T. (If you continue straight, the trail will take you to another smaller peak then send you off to the right on some sweet fast rocky downhill. This way I don't recommend because it dead ends and gets pretty nasty at the bottom. You have to turn around and go back up the hill to get back to your car.) This trail is a couple miles back to the trailhead you parked at.
If you continue to go the fire road you will see the park mgmt has marked trees with white paint until you reach the next trailhead on your right. Follow the white trails and marker post arrows. This is the sweet long cross country trail with a lot of fast doubletrack going down the hills. ( You will get muddy on this trail ). This trail is about 5 miles. There will be a T on a ridge that you come to with a marker post. To stay on the legal trails you will continue down the hill. When you finally reach the bottom you will ride in a valley for a couple miles then there will be a trail to your right at a creek crossing. It is marked Cemetary Bridal Trail. Take this trail to get back to your car. It will come out across from where you park.
These are somewhat remote trails and are definately too dangerous for beginners. Prepare to get muddy and wet on both these trails. Bring plenty of water.

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
The park entrance is located at 144 Lake Road Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 The bottom of both trails is located at Stoney Creek Rd at Hatfield Rd (Fire Road). When you turn onto N Ridge Rd. you will almost immediately cross a small bridge. From there you will start to go up the gravel fire road and the bottom of 2 trails meets in a small parking area to the left marked with a "Motor Vehicles Prohibited" sign to the left of the trail and a small post marking the bridal/biking trailhead. the other trail comes out across the road just slightly up the hill. Park here and ride up the fire road.
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    There are good trails here if you know how to get to them. You can hit multiple trails by way of fire roads. The fire roads are a good option for winter months and when trails are too wet to ride. You can pretty much get as much mileage and climbing as you wish. If you've never been I suggest finding someone who knows the area to ride with as you learn your way.

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  • iliketexmex
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    The "directions to trailhead" feature for this trail did not lead to the parking. It takes you to Some random spot on Airport Rd with no place to park, and no cell signal. Go to the corner of Stoney Creek Rd and Airport Rd, go west on Stoney Creek until you cross a small bridge (1/4 mile -ish). There is a small horseshoe shaped parking lot, the entrance to the bike trail is across the street. Bring your climbing legs. It was not overly technical but was a fitness challenge. Beautiful ride in the woods

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