West Branch State Park For Mountain Biking
The 10th most popular mountain bike trail in Ohio.
Thursday 11 August 2016 03:25 GMT
Near Ravenna, the West Branch State Park has 7 miles of new mountain bike trails and is Cleveland's closest, legal and public mountain bike trail system. Most of the trails here actually started out as snowmobile trails but soon accommodated mountain bikes in the summer as the sport grew. There are two additional single-track loops added as of summer 2001 adjacent to loops “B”and “D”. With the help of CAMBA, these two loops and many more miles of single-track are predicted for the future.
After leaving the parking area and riding up to cable line road there are 6 loops (some connected, some not) that provide approximately 8 miles of single and double-track.
Cable Line Road is an access road that runs east and west through the park and allows only cyclist and hikers with loops on the north and south of it.
A majority of the trails are actually snowmobile trails that are overgrown into single-track during the summer. But do not let this fool you; some of these trails are anything but smooth. Keep up a good pace and you’ll find yourself out of breath. There are 2 new single-track loops added this year, which offer some technical skills for those with more experience. The first one is off from loop “B” and the second loop is off from loop “D”.
These two new additions to the trails here offer something a bit more challenging than what you’re normally used to if you ride here a lot. All in all this is a fun place to ride mainly because 95% of the trails are in the woods.
To reach the trailhead, follow I-77 South to Rt.76 east- exit at Rt.5/44 proceed on Rt.5 east to Rock Spring Rd. Turn right onto Rock Spring Rd. and go approx. 1 mile and turn left, go another 3/10th’s mile, Mountain Bike parking area by the billboard on the grass.
Overall, West Branch State Park is the 10th most popular mountain bike trail of all 24 mountain biking rides in Ohio.