Alum Creek State Park - outside Delaware, Ohio
Posted by: Mr. 0
N 40° 11.973 W 082° 56.293
17T E 335031 N 4451707
Quick Description: Two trails available here, a "beginner" trail and an "intermediate" trail. A little further north from this location is a 3rd more difficult trail. All located in part of Alum Creek State Park outside of Delaware, Ohio.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2007 4:27:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ET0
These trails have been here for many years, and have seen much wear and abuse. But thanks to the Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO
) the trails are always in good shape.
These trails have a lot to offer, and can be somewhat challenging, which comes as a surprise to most, as central Ohio isn't exactly known as a mountain biking mecca. It tends to be very busy here, especially on nice weekends, since this is the closest legal MTB trail to Columbus
Phase one is the oldest parts of the trails. These have been here since sometime in the mid-1990's, but they have been improved greatly since then. The southern trail, across Lewis Center Road from the main parking area, is the beginner trail. This goes out along a single spur and ends up in a loop. I honestly can't say much about this trail since I haven't ridden it since COMBO re-routed it and fixed it up. The northern trail, which is the "intermediate" trail offers about 6 miles of great views and tight twisty single track. This trail cuts narrowly along the forested ridge tops along parts of Alum Creek Lake. COMBO has been working to keep the trail in great shape, and to reroute it around problem areas (it used to be that there were massive mud pits that were on much of the trail. The pits would become deep holes, and the trails would widen greatly as folks tried to find ways around.) The trail has several hills as it cuts into and out of steep ravines. There are also many bridges of varying width to test your fear of heights.
There is also a recently added second phase a little further north. I've not yet ridden this section, but it's even more challenging. It features tree crossings, rock bridges, teeter-totters, and other North Shore, British Columbia style obstacles.
For more pictures of the trail and some of its obstacles, you can check out Spokejunkies.com