Maybury State Park - TRAIL

Maybury State Park - Trail, Novi, Michigan

tight singletrack. easy to moderate skill level. Trail is a lot of fun and is one of the few trails close to Detroit.

User Reviews (48)

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hala514   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2009]

I have been riding Maybury a lot this year since it is only 5 miles form my house. Overall, the trail is pretty rewarding because after every uphill, you almost immediately recieve a nice downhill to blast down.

It is kind of fast, my average speeds are just over 10mph, with a peak speed around 21mph. (I am just so-so, not super fast - I have talked to some of the guys coming out of the trail that say they are doing it in under 30 mins).

It has a pretty long gradual uphill around the 3.2 mile mark that used to wipe me out, but if you learn to carry your speed, that hill (and most of the other hills on the trail) become pretty easy.

It is 6.4 miles long, my best lap time is 34:56, but the first time I rode it I think I was somewhere around 43 minutes.

There are a couple of sections with some different lines where you go through some rocks or over a log section. Wish there were a couple more of those...

Customer Service

Do two laps for a good workout.

Similar Products Used: Tree Farm (lakeshore park) = my favorite. A good mix of all kinds of riding. The $30 annual pass cost is a bummer.

Highland Rec is a very difficult ride, but enjoyable.
Holdridge East Loop is pretty awesome (difficult).
Hickory Glen is fast and REALLY twisty.
Brighton State Park has a long loop (forgot the name) which was difficult and NOT enjoyable.
Island Lake is really fast and easy. Do both loops in under an hour.
OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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3
onlycrimson   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2009]

I rode Maybury today and I was quite impressed. No steep climbs, but a fair amount of gradual climbing. The first part of the course was very tight and you had to keep the speeds down. After a couple miles like this the trail opens up and you can start carrying some serious speed. In this section the trail has mostly fast turns, and at some points the vegetation closes in very tight on the sides making for awesome high speed blind corners. The ending portion of the trail has the most technical stuff. More rocks and roots in this area. At one point there is a choice between three different lines at the bottom of a hill. Take the one on the right (unless you want to go slow over rock gardens and log piles)! I learned the hard way what a 20mph endo feels like.

Customer Service

Do the whole loop on starting from the trail head. I rode it twice for a great workout.

Similar Products Used: Novi Tree Farm
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5
VALUE
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3
Ian Gillespie   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2008]

Good trail, as previous reviews also say this is a great technical trail. I personally have more fun on this trail than Island Lake, as Island Lake seems to be a mountain bike version of a skate park while Maybury seems to have a point. It's close, easy to ride relatively quickly if you're experienced with the trail, and still is fun no matter what level of rider you are. This is the trail I started learning on, it's the trail that I've started two of my friends on, and we all like it. That's my review for what it's worth.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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4
ryan   Downhiller [Aug 14, 2008]

I ride this trail almost every day. It's good fun. I like the speed of this trail. The downhill has improved significantly over the years.

Customer Service

I used to always take the beck road entrance. Now I always take the 8 mile entrance to the trail head. A 30 min time for this trail is pretty good.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
RATING
4
Gryfon   Weekend Warrior [Jul 05, 2007]

Reviewing previous posts, I believe that the trail has significantly changed over the years. I have ridden the trail since ~97, and the 2007 version is much improved. The trail is constantly revised (even in May this year) to avoid overly rutted areas and keep the trail fresh. I have also not had a problem with too many people on the trail; on a perfect day, I might pass a couple of riders.

As stated below, this is a tight, technical trail. You will not be going in one direction for any significant period of time, and speeds will be moderate over many uphill and downhill sections.

A number of obstacles have been added to the sides of trail as 'go for it' expert sections. These include rockpiles and stacks of logs. They are all marked, and you can bypass them if you're not interested.

2-3 laps are ideal for a good workout, and the closeness to Detroit makes it easy to have an after-work ride, or morning ride on a weekend when an all-day event isn't possible.

I think this trail is perfect for once-a-week riders with limited free time.

Customer Service

There is only one branch - the 'winter bypass' or the expert loop. I have never taken the 'winter bypass', and the expert loop has easy tracks beside all of the obstacles, so I recommend the expert loop.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
FaithApe   Weekend Warrior [Sep 11, 2006]

This trail is possibly on of my favorite trails that I’ve ridden. It is a Quite Technical Trail that offers riders of all levels to enjoy. There are defiantly a lot of ruts and there sections that are quite challenging. The trial is just over 4.5 miles long but there are only two sections that you get momentum going so you’re pedaling the whole trail. All it got to say is its fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
bheldke   Cross Country Rider [Oct 31, 2005]

Please, learn the name--its MayBURY not MayBERRY. This is not a kids cereal, it's a state park--big sign, as you enter! Enough of my rant. Wonderful little trail. I've ridden it for years and after dropping several pounds, I find it even easier with practice, although if you do not stay in practice, this trail can be a challenge. When in good shape, I can ride it three or four times, but then I get bored, so I don't do that too often. I like to do it twice--once to warm up and twice to have a good ride. The third time would be counter-productive.

Customer Service

Park at the 8 mile entrance and proceed to the trail. Alternatively, you can park at the Beck Road entrance and ride into the trail at the opposite end. Take your pick. I find the 8 Mile entrance is more appealing.

Similar Products Used: Pontiac Lake, Island Lake, Brighton, Poto.
OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
Pinoy_Rider   Weekend Warrior [Jun 24, 2005]

Trail has been modified again and a little bit longer than the time it was modified. This trail is becoming more interesting considering it is very close to my work and were I live. Likewise, it is becoming to be more popular as I see more riders at any day of the week. I have a better work out here than at Island Lake and Novi Tree Farm. If you like Pontiac Trail, this is like a shorter version of it. Three rounds of this trail gives you a good workout.

Similar Products Used: Island Lake (Yellow Trail) Pontiac Trail Wilson Lake at Brighton (Not Torn Shirt) Novi Tree Farm
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
cseymour   Weekend Warrior [Sep 15, 2004]

Well, I read many of the reviews and had to check it out. As I usually ride more for exercise than torture, the first signs of trouble came as I dumped it turning off the paved walk/bike trail on the loose gravel at the start of the "Yellow" twisty, rooty and rocky section. Fortunately, I've had enough workouts up to this point that I didn't totally get crushed. There are rest stops along this section, mainly at the peaks of the tougher uphills. It is tight with lots of roots and rocks strategically placed right in the middle of the steepest downhill turns. Be careful. I readily let a number of more experienced riders by as the trail does have some areas to pull off...but not many. Since this was only my first ride here and since this was my first real ride with some technical difficulty, I bailed at the 1.5 mile mark. After reviewing the maps later in the day, I see that the first section is clearly the toughest and tightest...at least it looks that way on the map the guard gives you. Overall, I would say that if you ride this trail often you'll gain experience and knowledge where each and every little rock and root lives. If you are in the least bit apprehensive or have not ridden a lot to get conditioned, you'll probably walk more than ride...at least the first section of the trail. I will ride this again..now that I know what to expect.

Customer Service

Experienced Rider: Start of the Yellow trail... Non-Experienced Rider: Start at the 1.5 mile mark, it does not appear nearly as technical or tight.

Similar Products Used: Lower Huron (Paved), Willow (Paved), Paint Creek (Crushed Stone - Railbed)
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
cseymour   Weekend Warrior [Sep 15, 2004]

Well, I read many of the reviews and had to check it out. As I usually ride more for exercise than torture, the first signs of trouble came as I dumped it turning off the paved walk/bike trail on the loose gravel at the start of the "Yellow" twisty, rooty and rocky section. Fortunately, I've had enough workouts up to this point that I didn't totally get crushed. There are rest stops along this section, mainly at the peaks of the tougher uphills. It is tight with lots of roots and rocks strategically placed right in the middle of the steepest downhill turns. Be careful. I readily let a number of more experienced riders by as the trail does have some areas to pull off...but not many. Since this was only my first ride here and since this was my first real ride with some technical difficulty, I bailed at the 1.5 mile mark. After reviewing the maps later in the day, I see that the first section is clearly the toughest and tightest...at least it looks that way on the map the guard gives you. Overall, I would say that if you ride this trail often you'll gain experience and knowledge where each and every little rock and root lives. If you are in the least bit apprehensive or have not ridden a lot to get conditioned, you'll probably work more than ride...at least the first section of the trail. I will ride this again..now that I know what to expect.

Customer Service

Experienced Rider: Start of the Yellow trail... Non-Experienced Rider: Start at the 1.5 mile mark, it does not appear nearly as technical or tight.

Similar Products Used: Lower Huron (Paved), Willow (Paved), Paint Creek (Crushed Stone - Railbed)
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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3
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