Paint Creek State Park - Trail, Chillicothe/Hillsboro, Ohio

Paint Creek State Park - Trail, Chillicothe/Hillsboro, Ohio

DESCRIPTION

singletrack, easy climbs rough due to dry conditions difficult loops were a little more interesting all in probably not worth more than a hours drive.

USER REVIEWS

Showing 1-10 of 10  
[May 22, 2010]
JayR54
Weekend Warrior

I like the south loop better than the north loop. The south loop recovers after a rain faster than the north loop and most of it is just like single track. There are stream crossings and steep inclines that you may have to dismount and push your bike through. The muddly spots on the north loop main trail are only a few feet long so you can get through OK. So don't let a little moisture stop you from riding it. This is the only trail I ride now. I retired and moved from the Detroit area in June 2009 to Rocky Fork Lake about 15 miles away from Paint Creek. They keep the main trail mowed. I've been working on the two north loop single tracks since last September. So there are no downed trees anymore and the vines with thorns that like to snag you as you ride by have been trimmed back. But I find that I have to dismount in a couple places and just push the bike. Like that first stream crossing on the first single track section of the north loop. And there are also some very steep climbs that I can't make. I got a good bike but I'm 60 years old too and I figure maybe it's just an IQ test. Are you smart enough to get off your bike at a dangerous stream crossing and do you realize it will take more energy to try and ride you bike up that steep incline vs just dismounting and pushing the bike up it? The first piece of single track on the south loop is rideable without dismounting. You'll get a good view of the lake. Both single track sections on the north loop will also give you a view of the lake. On the south loop main trail you'll come to a sign that says "lake overlook". Go ahead and take that downhill to the lake. Stop, take a rest and take in the view. On the south loop you'll eventually come to a crossing of Taylor road. Don't bother crossing it. There is only a little bit of trail left. And the stream crossing in this last little bit of trail has sewage in it (possibly from the camp site not too far away). So why stink up you bike? Instead you can just take Taylor road back to the parking lot. Or better yet stay off the road completely. Just take a left and you'll come to a mowed entrance that leads back to the trail. You'll recognize the wooden post with the word "trail" and a white arrow. Don't follow the arrow. Instead just take a right and you'll be going in the reverse direction on the trail back to the parking lot a short distance away.

Customer Service

Both main trails of both the north and south loops are fabulous. You can ride the first single track section on the south loop without having to dismount and you'll get a good view of the lake too. I'd skip all the other single track sections unless you're curious and like a challenge.

Similar Products Used:

Caesar's Creek has 4 trailheads and is maintained by the Cincinnati Off Road Alliance so I bet it's good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 21, 2004]
skeeter
Weekend Warrior

not too tough of a trail, but it's still a good one. nothing really scary, no suicide hills or anything. it's a pretty area, and not generally crowded. trails are fairly well marked, so you can pretty much go out by yourself and not get lost, although if you biff hard, you might lay there a while before someone finds you. if you ride both loops, it's a good workout, and it's a fun place for group rides, since all riding levels can still have a good time. other than that, it isn't too technical, mainly rolling hills, no real long uphills. some sections, mostly on the north loop, are double track, but it gives the chance to look around at the countryside. also, this place usually holds up well after rains, but can get a little overgrown at times, since it doesn't seem to get a ton of usage.

Customer Service

warmup on the north loop, than ride south loop.

Similar Products Used:

caesar creek.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2004]
Fischman
Weekend Warrior

The singletrack here is sweeeeet. Unfortunately, it's short and the few bits are far apart from one another. The rest is what I cal "lawnmower trail." The fun parts are just too short and too far from one another to give this trail a high recommendation. It's certainly not worth the drive if you live closer to Cesar Creek, Hueston Woods, or even John Bryan.

Customer Service

Whatever you do, make sure you take the forks marked "singletrack," even if you're a beginner. This will introduce you to what fun mountian biking can be.

Similar Products Used:

Cesar Creek, Hueston Woods, or even John Bryan

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 28, 2003]
dabiz
Weekend Warrior

Very sweet beginner/intermediate trail system...lots to keep you interested, nothing too tough or technical, hammer the south loop for lots of FAST wide downhill and some suprising stream crossings...some moderate climbs too....try the North side for a shorter, more technical ride....very well maintained and marked, great place to ride in this part of the world

Customer Service

South loop (be sure and take the "single-track" off-shoots)....then try the North loop

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 05, 1999]
Stefan

Had to add a review since this trail is better than the zero the original reviewer gave it. Two big loops with more technical single track branching off. The south loop is the more interesting of the two with some new trails put in this year. With the leaves on the ground, the only way to find the trail on the new parts to following the red blazes on the trees. North loop is a bit bumpy but OK when you get off the main loop.

Customer Service

North loop then south loop, or south loop then north loop.

Similar Products Used:

Ceasars Creek

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 14, 1999]
Eric

Mostly single track, fairly adequate climbs. Fun trail to ride, North track is very bumpy. Must ride both North and South loops for a good ride.

Customer Service

South then North

Similar Products Used:

Scioto Trails and Great Seal.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 03, 2000]
Racer X

Rolling single track with a couple short but fun downhills. A few challenging sections. A great workout if you ride it fast. Great place to take a group ride with riders of various skill levels. Do both loops.

The park is pro mountain biking, Butch one of the Rangers has built many of them himself. Thanks.
He even entered one of the races (crashed hard too).

HFP/KOORS mountain bike race series has one or two races here a year. GREAT place for a first race!!!

Customer Service

North and South Loops
Check out the map posted at the trailhead which is on the right side of the road prior to turning left into the campground.

Similar Products Used:

Scioto Trails if you can climb! Tar Hollow

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 30, 2000]
tweet

Great place for a flat, fast ride. The single track off the main loops are the best.

I like this place because it's easy enough for my wife to ride and technical enough that I still have fun. Four tires for this achievement alone.

Bring your RV if you want to camp. There's not many sites for tents.

Customer Service

Both loops + "More Difficult" single track.

Similar Products Used:

Scioto Trail if you want some climbs.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 12, 2001]
Cajun

We hit the south loop right from the parking lot. My chain busted 10 minutes into the ride. Up to that point it was fun. Wide grassy trails with a small dirt path in the middle. Fixed my chain, the off to more trails. They are marked on the trees with red paint. This was necessary since the leaves covered the trail. There is 1 section where I'm sure there was even a trail - you just picked your way thru the trees and follow the red paint.
There are a few creek crossings. Some technical things, but nothing scary. Trail should be really fast when dry. I thought there was too much grassy double track. But I guess as more people ride in the summer there will be a worn out path.
There are 3 seections where you can take an easy route or an advanced route - always take the advanced, its harder than the flat easy trail, but not difficult.
After I left, 2 other guys I rode with took the trail backwards, they said it was tons better - more flow to the trail. Give it a shot.

Customer Service

Only did the south loop. It was March and the north was muddy. But both are good.

Similar Products Used:

Scioto, Tar Hollow, Great Seal. www.dublintrails.homestead.com www.spokejunkies.com

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 04, 2001]
Lazer

This is a very fast track when it is dry! The meadows leave little to be desired unless you ride full suspension, they can be very bumpy. The meadows do offer some beautiful views however. In the middle of summer the grass in the meadows, if not cut, can get pretty high. The rest of the track is great not too technical--great for beginners and folks that like to go FAST! The best is to go and camp and ride. You can also swim, fish, and boat at Paint Creek.

Customer Service

I always ride both loops. Follow the red blazes off of the white trail. The white is easy and the red is "more difficult."

Similar Products Used:

Ceasar Creek

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Showing 1-10 of 10  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.