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Massachusetts: Cutler Park

photo: mat5182

photo: mat5182

The trail network at Cutler Park weaves around a large marshland, which means there’s little elevation change to deter new riders. This is a fairly popular ride due to its proximity to Boston, so newbies should have no problem finding a friend to guide them through this sometimes confusing network.

Michigan: DTE Energy Foundation Trail

photo: louisd

photo: louisd

The DTE Energy Foundation trail is slated to feature 20 miles of singletrack upon completion, sometime around the year 2020. Fortunately for beginning riders, the first 5 miles of easy, smooth (and sustainable!) trail is already open for business.

Minnesota: Minnesota River Bottoms

photo: stumpyfsr

photo: stumpyfsr

The Minnesota River Bottoms trails are generally flat and smooth–perfect for new riders who are just getting comfortable with riding off road. Many of the trails are not officially marked, so newbies may want to go along with a friend who knows their way around. Also known as Bloomington Ferry.

Mississippi: Bethel Bike Trails

photo: dherrington

photo: dherrington

Singletracks readers agree: the Bethel Bike Trails are great for beginners. With more than 20 miles of trails and little elevation change, these smooth woodland trails offer a great place to give mountain biking a try.

Missouri: Creve Couer Park

photo: RossS

photo: RossS

The Bootlegger’s Run Trail at Creve Couer Park is officially rated intermediate, but Singletracks members peg this trail as more of a beginner-friendly affair. The trails here are smooth and mostly devoid of technical features, similar in nature to the trails at SIUE (our pick for Illinois).

Montana: Homestake To Pipestone Pass

photo: ridehard32

photo: ridehard32

When it comes to mountain bike trails in Montana, the word “easy” can be relative. Still, for beginners who don’t mind working a little, Homestake to Pipestone Pass is a scenic climb on technically-easy trails. One ride on this trail and newbies will understand the meaning of the word “flow.”

Nebraska: Tranquility

photo: mjengles1968

photo: mjengles1968

With a name like Tranquility, you know this trail is going to be a good choice for new riders! Much of the trail system features smooth, rolling trails and very little climbing.

Nevada: Flume Trail

photo: ositoking

photo: ositoking

The Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe is one of those rare trails that is both iconic AND beginner-friendly. This trail is scenic, buff, and it’s even possible to book a shuttle to minimize the climb. Everyone, from beginners to experts, will enjoy this trail!

New Hampshire: Curtisville and Batchelder Mills Road Trails & Gyro

photo: riverboy6

photo: riverboy6

We had a difficult time nailing down one good choice for beginners in New Hampshire, so we chose two trails: Curtisville and Gyro. The Curtisville and Batchelder Mills Road Trails are fairly short and low key, but we’re told they are a good choice for beginners. Gyro is an even shorter trail–just two miles long–but it appears to offer both smooth tread AND minimal elevation change.

New Jersey: Allaire State Park

photo: Belmarbikeshop

photo: Belmarbikeshop

The Jersey Off Road Bike Association (JORBA) hosts Tuesday night beginner rides spring through fall at Allaire State Park, making it the perfect place for newbies to get a feel for singletrack riding!

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# Comments

  • Chris Daniels

    I spent a couple years in RI and while I didn’t get out as much riding, Lincoln Woods seemed to be pretty beginner-friendly.

  • hproctor

    I wasn’t consulted on this article??? You must not have read my bio ;-).
    For one who came to the scene after retirement, I will heavily reference this article as I travel. I scrolled to the Oregon listing first and was pleased to see Timonthy Lake listed. Very true if you live in the Mt. Hood/Portland area. I’m sure the folks around Bend could point to The Deschutes River Trail or several loops you can put together from the Phil’s TH.
    I always smile at the beginner rating for Sweetwater Preserve trail in Arizona. Plenty of rocks and a bit of climbing that might discourage a beginner. Honeybee Canyon loop near Tucson is an almost flat XC ride.
    I think beginner riders in Delaware travel across the Maryland state line and ride near Fair Hill.

  • John Fisch

    Sweetwater in Arizona, Dawson’s Butte in Colorado, Dead Horse in Utah are all outstanding choices. Sweetwater and Dead Horse are particularly special because they are wonderfully scenic, can be fun for any level of rider but still easy enough to be more inspiring than intimidating for the novice rider.

  • Dave325

    Rhode Island has some nice easy single track in the northwest corner. Pulaski state park. Check it out.

    • Jeff Barber

      Dave, I checked the Pulaski SP website and it doesn’t mention biking. I do see they have about 10 miles of XC ski trails which seem like they would be great for biking if that’s allowed!

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