Rock Cut - TRAIL

Rock Cut - Trail, Rockford, Illinois

A nice variety of single track, fire road and bush whacking. None of the trails are very challenging but they can be run very fast.

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George A   Weekend Warrior [May 26, 2009]

Just spent the Memorial Day weekend camping at this park and was surprised by the good mountain biking available. I grew up in the Northeast so not too techinical due to lack of big hills but the trails are very good, both the wide paths and single track. My young boys and I rode over 40 miles over the three day weekend. Their first real mountain biking adventure. We will be going back soon. For a holiday weekend it was not crowded at all except for the paved trail in the middle of the park. The map you get at the park is not very good since it is all one color. I suggest printing out the map from this website which is multi color. Also there are trails that are not on the map that make it difficult to get you bearings at first. After two days we had the whole park figured out.

Customer Service

Do not know any trail names but the single track is alot of fun with many twists and turns and logs to go over. We ended up naming the trails ourselves and our favorites were Turkey trail to the west of the many park road, and the Garden Trial which is in the far west end of the park,heading east the trail head says T43.

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4
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3
rfeather   Cross Country Rider [Dec 02, 2008]

My 16 year old son and I rode some of the trails while visiting for Thanksgiving. The recent couple of reviews were accurate. Up here around Houghton MI the trails often have a map posted at some of the trail intersections. That would have been nice, maybe they would'nt last long, though. So print out a map if you're new. We rode for about an hour, then quit because my son was bored. They were fun enough for this old codger. I agree some of the trails look fast, but we had to take it easy because of icy spots. We saw more riders on the trails than we see up here in the summer so it must get busy on summer weekends and evenings.

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4
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3
Doc D   Weekend Warrior [May 19, 2008]

I hit up Rock Cut for the first time recently. Nice trails and excellent campground. Nothing too difficult but really fun place to ride.

Similar Products Used: Palos
Kettle
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4
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3
andrew   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2008]

These are some great trails. For those that say they found a grass path or didnt like it, I'll admit you need to go several times to map out the whole park and know where to ride, because theres some great trails and lots of them.

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5
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4
fotobowles   Cross Country Rider [Mar 20, 2008]

This trail hasn't been updated in three years so here we go. I ride this trail at least 2 to 3 times a week. There are a good selection of single and doubletrack. In the quarry by Perryville Road there are three to four very technical decents with lots of rocks. Very fun and challenging. The Rock Cut Trail Crew, www.rctrailcrew.org, has placed trail maps at most of the major trail heads so riders can monitor where they are.
There are about 8-15 miles of trails depending on how you ride. Some sand on the hills, like the one called Heart Rate, or on the double track by the lake heading east towards I-90.
Overall a fun trail for beginners and single track for the more experienced.

Customer Service

Split Tree and quarry runs. Lots of fun singletrack.

Similar Products Used: Kettle Moraine, WI
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3
strumminsix   Weekend Warrior [Jun 01, 2005]

Single track and doubles here in there. Each time I've been there it's been during dry spells. All areas were not difficult to traverse. A few great root climbs and dessents along the perimeter. Great for beginners, intermediates, and anyone more experienced looking to just ride because there are lots of trails. The single tracks are okay, but they do branch and getting lost is a possibility. Check out the map and use your head. It ain't rocket science. Best advice on navigation is to be logical. For some reason, the trails look very different at different times of the day and very different from each direction. I know, I know many do, this one more than others, IMO.

Customer Service

Main park entrance off Harlem near the lake. Cross the bridge, and cut over to trails accross from the bathrooms by the picnic area.

Similar Products Used: In the area.... MTB - Deer Grove (West for XC & fire w/some single, East for more adventurous riders who will explore all the possible trails - and there are some fun ones!) Leisure - Fox River (Easy paved / crushed limestone) Going furthur MTB (cuz Leisure can be anywhere) - Palos or John Muir
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4
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4
Schmiday   Cross Country Rider [Jun 10, 2004]

Excellent trails, many trails closed "to preserve nature"-Says the DNR that pulled me over. Other than that trails range from easy to somewhat difficult.

Customer Service

The southwest trails near Harlem Rd. and Perryville, alot more difficult than rest of park.

Similar Products Used: Kettle moraine
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5
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4
mtbrider35   Weekend Warrior [Dec 21, 2003]

I ride this park twice a week except in the winter. Yes, they have closed some of the best riding, but there is still some pretty nice trials for being in the flatlands. I live about 5 minuts by bike, but It would be worth about a 45 minute drive to ride it a couple times.

Customer Service

There's one main route around the whole lake, you can start from anywhere you enter the park. Take every loop off this trail, and you'll work up a sweat.

Similar Products Used: Kettle, WI - Pekin, Il
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4
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4
timcrash   [Nov 24, 1998]

Iv'e ridden there the past 3 years. There are some technical spots. The local bike shop is cutting some new trails which should be exciting. It is a fun place to ride. They just put a new paved path through some of the park.It is not that technical good place for beginners. always wear a helment.

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3
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Aaron   [Feb 18, 1999]

This is a good trail to cut your teeth on but nothing more than that. There is some fairly good singletrack (actually it's equestrian trails but don't tell anyone) if you know how to get there. They just recently marked all the trails directionally so it is a little easier to get around.

Customer Service

Start in the Puri Crest campground area and follow the trails around the lake. You'll end up coming out by the Lion's campground. That's the route I usually take, and it's approximately 8-9 miles.

Similar Products Used: Kettle Moraine, Palos
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