Scioto Trail State Forest - Trail, Chillicothe, Ohio

Scioto Trail State Forest - Trail, Chillicothe, Ohio

DESCRIPTION

Singletrack and bridle trails. Steep climbs and fast descents, with everything in between

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 25, 2005]
onuandrew
Weekend Warrior

Most trails seem to be destroyed by horses and full of their feces (probably don’t want to go when it’s been raining). However, there are a few trails that are worth while if you are up for adventuring. My advice is to take a few trips to the park and explore! Trails are xc no jumps or hurdles really, couple creeks.

Customer Service

Enter from 23 and continue on the main road. Continue past a lake on your right till you get to a road that turns left, maybe at a rangers station. This is caldwell lake(has a little island, beach, and camp sites). If you park here and ride out the road on past the camp sites, past 3 or 4 little cabins there is a fun trail. It is maybe 1/4 mile from the little cabins. Veers off to the right. From that trail there is about 3 or 4 splits on into the woods...go explore!

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Great Seal Park

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3
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3
[Oct 20, 2004]
jamie
Weekend Warrior

This place is flat out terrible! DO NOT RIDE YOUR BIKES HERE!! If you want a good time go to Great Seal.

Customer Service

NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Great Seal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1
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1
[Jul 30, 2004]
jpcrockett
Cross Country Rider

AWFUL. horses have trashed this place. the map doesn't show anything other than the buckeye trail. if that is the only trail here, this place is a lot worse than the reviews. the trails are so poorly built. NO switchbacks on the hills means the trail is a river when it rains. add horses. equals awful time. you can't ride up the hills they are so rutted/ravined, and muddy. down hills isn't that great either because of the terrible condition of the trails. it's a shame to find such a beautiful place marred by such an awful trail. also, VERY overgrown in many, many places. and, the spider webs are as thick as 20-pound fishing line. after many great experiences/trails in Ohio, this one has to be near the bottom of the list. don't waste your time here. it may have been nice at one point (there are some good sections), but it is NOT worth the time, energy, and frustration.

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1
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5
[Jul 12, 2003]
PennyRich
Cross Country Rider

I first rode this trail last November while I was in Ohio. It was a great trail system, well maintained, and excellent riding. On 4th of July I was in the area once again and decided to take my children, who are experienced riders, on the trails I had so enjoyed. What a disappointment! We began at the bottom of C-9 and immediately had to get off our bikes. The trail had been trashed by horses and COULD NOT BE RIDDEN! The devastation was unbelievable, 6 foot wide mud holes with hoof prints up to a foot deep. Obviously, horse riders have continued to ride this trail long after serious damage had been done, with no consideration for hikers and bikers, or for the long-term effects of their actions. We turned around and, rather than walk down the trail, we hiked back to the road through the woods. Yes, it was that bad! We then tried the Airport trail. It was in slightly better condition, but we gave up after less than 10 minutes when I slipped in mud and fell while pushing my bike down a muddy and badly eroded downhill section. Once again the source of destruction was obvious - horses. While riding back to the road, we came upon a group of horse-back riders. They had stopped their horses on the trail and had it completely blocked. We waited for them to move so we could proceed, but, aside from muttering comments about "stupid mountainbikes", they ignored us. We had to make a detour around them. The children were by now too upset and frustrated to attempt any more trails and rode back to the car. The adults decided to try the top of C-9, which is clearly marked for hikers and bikers only. We rode up the fire road and entered the trail head where a "No Horses" sign was clearly visible. As soon as we crested the rise, the trail devastation was immediately apparent. There were long muddy stretches with deep hoof prints, and badly eroded downhills and uphills, once again with clear hoof prints. We walked as much as we rode and the stream bed we crossed looked like a better route than the trail we were trying to ride. We were glad to get to the end of the trail. While we were loading bikes another mountainbiker rode up. We asked him about the condition of other trails. He said none of the trails were in any better condition than the ones we had ridden.

Customer Service

Don't waste your time! The trail system will take years to recover and will need thousands of hours of trail maintenance.

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We tried Paint Creek the next day. Although the trail system wasn't close to how good Scioto Trails used to be, it was in excellent condition and was a fun ride.

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1
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5
[Mar 25, 1999]
Mike Cody

The singletrack is long and tight. Great for jamming along. I don't remember the distances exactly, but it is around three miles. This is only a small portion of the trail. The C-9 downhill is nuts! It is ridden by those damn horses and they leave hoof marks in the soil making it extra loose and doubleing your already high chances of doing superman impressions. It's so much fun I almost wet my pants. Try riding all the way up without unclipping, I haven't even seen the pros do that. Just make sure no one's above you riding down while your going up.

Customer Service

I like to climb in on the north side of the old air field then ride the 3 or so miles of singletrack. From there I pop out on the otherside of the air field and cross the road to climb the fire road. Off to the right hand side up a ways is a sign post for the C-9 trail. Then it's all downhill from there.

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Tar Hollow State Park.

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5
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[Apr 01, 1999]
Thad Haines

Starting at the airfield trailhead there is about 2 1/2 miles of off-camber single track that is awesome. This loop pops you out at the opposite end of the airfield. Cross the airfield and over the creek bed and you'll come out on a paved road turn left and take the gravel road to the right this is an intense fire road climb which leads to C-9 a downhill worth the climb. Go all the way to the bottom and you will come out on a paved road with the Longbranch trail head across the road, climb longbranch (intense climb followed by rollers at the top). Longbranch will bring you out on another fire road. procede to the left while watching for a trail head to the right (this is Cemetary) take the trail head, a downhill worth the Longbranch climb. Take the left on all trail splits. This will evetually lead you back to the bottom of Longbranch (you will cross a gravel road). This is a mostly single track descent. Turn right and follow Longbranch back to the bottom of C-9. Start to climb C-9 and take the first turn to the left. This off-camber tight and rolling single track will lead you back to the airfield. This is an great place to ride. the ride described is only part of what is available. The loop described is 15 miles +.

Customer Service

Use the rout 23 entrance coming from anywhere. Drive through the park until you reach the long Branch Trailhead (on left), take the next right and about a 1/2 mile later there will be a bridge to the left, park on the bridge if the gate is not open.

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Contact Just North Of Daytona (740 775-Surf(7873)) bike shop in Chillicothe, OH to find the other great rides in the area. They usually ride on Tues, Thurs and Sun.

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5
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[Apr 01, 1999]
Andree

This place kicks ass. There is something for everybody. Twisty singletrack, kickass downhills, awesome climbs, deep creek crossings, nice gravelroads. You can go out there and ride forever. Best of all, all the trails are legal multiuse trails. One of the best in Ohio

Customer Service

All of them

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Nothing as good as this

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5
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[Aug 01, 1999]
Ben

Once parked retrace the steps you have already taken. Once you make it to the black top take a left. At the next gravel road take a left. About a quarter mile on the right you will see Wilson Run Trail. Take It. Be careful in the beginning there are some very quick switchbacks, but the trail continues into a rolling section with some jumps. It empties out onto blacktop. Take the blacktop back to the top, and take a right. It makes it easy doing the uphill on the blacktop. Take the first gravel road on the right. Pretty soon you will be at the beginning of Wilson Run Trail. Take the Trailhead opposite of it. It is a screaming descent that is not to technical. Once complete you wind to the top. This is the gravel road where you initially parked. If you have not had enough (about hour ride so far) take a left on the gravel road. Now the road will fork with another gravel road, stay left. At the bottom there is a trailhead. Take it. This is the yyy trail. It also has great descents. At the bottom take all lefts. It is a tough climb to get back to your car, but not to overbearing for intermediates.

Customer Service

I would suggest parking at the top of the gravel road.
You approach via 23. It is the first gravel road on the left.

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Great Seal, And Paint Creek are alright, but they are no Scioto Trails

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5
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[Feb 29, 2000]
tweet

This place is my favorite in Ohio. It has a bit of everything: Fireroads, singletrack, fast desents, punishing climbs. You don't feel so confined to one place like a lot of trails where you park and ride laps. There is really room to strecth out a ride. Watch out for horses. Bikes scare the hell out of them.

Customer Service

Many options. Long branch trail is my new favorite. Get a trail map at the firetower. Bring food and water you can get away from your car after riding a while. I adapted a topo map (waverly north quadrangle) as a trail map because the general trail map has no elevations changes!

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5
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[Mar 16, 2000]
Tape Man

The best downhill in Ohio. The climbs are a real mental and physical challenge. Deep in the hills you won't believe you are in Ohio. The view is spectacular in the summer.

Don't miss the annual Father's Day Weekend Campout hosted by "Just North of Daytona" bike shop. It is a good opportunity to network with riders from all over the state. Don't be afraid of those Chillicothe boys...they are harmless!

Customer Service

Check with Park Rangers or bike shop called "Just North of Daytona" in Chillicothe, Ohio. These guys were instrumental in cutting and promoting this trail for over 8 years. Call them for the best start point.

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5
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