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Mountain Biking at John Bryan State Park - Beginners Ride

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  • John Bryan State Park Mountain Biking Area

    3790 OH-370, Yellow Springs, OH (map)

    39.791874 -83.867729

  • Meet at the trail head. Look for maroon Cadillac CTS.
  • I am new to mountain biking and I have never been on this trail, but I do know and love this park. As mentioned, this is a beginners ride and these trails relatively flat and wide for newbies like me.  Weather permitting, I would like to check these trails out.

    We will bike between 7.5 and 12 miles + or - depending on the wishes of the group on the day of the ride.  Lets hope for mild winter afternoon as this should be a fun outing with friends. If you do not own a bike, look below for bike rental options.


    There are 7.5 miles of mountain biking trials at John Bryan State Park.  The trails were built and are maintained by the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association in partnership with John Bryan State Park.  They are the only trails in the park that are open to bicycles.  The first trail, Power Line, opened in April 2002.  The other two trails, Abracadabra and Great Scott, opened in April 2003.  More trail was added early in 2004 and 2005.  They are all accessible from the Arboretum Trail which is maintained by the park and is also open to hikers.

    Power Line  is 1.5 miles of tight, twisty turns and long runs, some creek crossings and one small ramp.  Power Line is located on the outside of the Arboretum trail.  It is perfect for honing bike balance and turning skills. Abracadabra is 2.5 miles of flat and fun riding.  It has one medium-sized ramp (with a bypass around it), a boardwalk and small creek crossings.  Abracadabra is located inside the Arboretum trail loop. Great Scott is the longest trail at 3.5 miles and has some small climbs, creek crossings, several boardwalks and the biggest ramp (with a bypass around it).  It consists of Upper Great Scott (from the entrance, located across from the Abracadabra exit, to the big ramp), Lower Great Scott (from the big ramp to the bridge) and the Great Scott Loop (from the big creek out to the end and back to the big creek).  All trails have some log jumps and the creek crossings may be wet or dry, depending on the weather.

    All trails are clearly marked with signs.  Watch for arrows showing the recommended route at intersections.  The recommended route is to start on Power Line, continue on Abracadabra and then finish on Great Scott. The MAP shows all trails.  A ride of all the trails is a total of about 7.5 miles.


    Please arrive a few minutes early and try to have bikes unloaded and ready to ride by 1:00 PM. If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number closer to the event time.

    • Start

    We will roll at 1:00 PM.

    • Finish

    We should be out of the trail 3:00 PM + or -.

    • Duration

    Expect to spend about 2 hours out on the trails + or -.

    • Difficulty

    Its a pretty simple trail, there is really no elevation changes or tough obstacles besides a few log jumps and some small ramps. There is one creek crossing. There are three loops you can ride with a total of 12.4 miles. There are a lot of tight turns on the longest loop so its hard to gain some good speed.

    • What You See

    Birds, wildlife.

    • Restrooms

    Port-A-Potties may be available at the trailhead.

    • Food

    Bring water and snacks.  - We will stop to take a breaks. 

    • Equipment

    Any mountain bike or fat bike should be fine

    • What to Bring
     Be prepared. Dress in layers. A HELMET is REQUIRED. 


    Google Map Directions


    Let's check out  Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs.


    Weather - Yellow Springs, Ohio


    Mountain Bike Trails Map


    K&G Bike Center - Xenia Location


    PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide.  I am a friend to paddle, hike and bike with that has provided you with group companionship and adventure opportunities. Your participation serves as an indication that you have read and agree to the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY posted here.  I may ask that you sign an additional ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event.  If you have not done so, please update your profile to indicate your acceptance of risk and liability.  To do this click My Profile>View Profile>Edit Profile and type "yes" into the liability question  I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I will may ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the event.


    This ride will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable trail conditions.


    No guests on the sign up.  Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the ride.  In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver.  This protects everyone.


    Well behaved and conditioned riders under 18 years of age are able to attend with a legal parent or guardian.  The above acceptance or risk and liability waiver must be accepted in behalf of the youth by the parent or guardian.

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  • George D.

    Doctor should be releasing me Wednesday. Look for a paddle post by me, likely a lake, but the Miami genre of rivers is calling!

    1 · November 27

  • George D.

    East Fork Lake has a challenging range of trails, including beginner, mostly canopy. Devo Park in Kentucky has a 1 mile hill climb to a most exciting circular trail that is easy. And the 2 mile ride down is also exhilarating! Justin Woods does a magnificent job maintaining their trails. I have not been there. They have many from which to choose.

    1 · November 27

  • George D.

    Would love to do this. I will be out of town. I have a good bike, have not used it in forever.

    November 27

    • Kenny

      Cool George. I will be posting more of these events. Hope to explore many of the trails in our region in 2017.

      November 27

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  • Kenny
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    Love to paddle.... Love to hike... Let's get out and play :0)

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  • George D.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, 2017

    Kayaking in moving water is an absolute blast!!! Paddling is a most exhilarating experience....­ more

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