John Bryan Trail - TRAIL

John Bryan Trail - Trail, Yellow Springs, Ohio

There are 8.5 miles of mountain biking trails at John Bryan State Park. The trails were built and are maintained by the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA) in partnership with the Park. The first trail, Power Line, opened in April 2002. The other two trails, Abracadabra and Great Scott, opened in April 2003. More trail was added early in 2004, 2005 & 2006. A Skills Park opened in 2006.

Power Line is 2 miles with tight twisty turns and long runs, a boardwalk, some creek crossings & a small ramp. It is perfect for honing bike balance & turning skills. Directly across from Power Line is Abracadabra which has about 2 miles of mostly flat and open easy riding. It has one medium-sized ramp (with a bypass around it), a boardwalk and small creek crossings. Directly across from Abracadabra is Great Scott. Great Scott is the longest trail at 4.5 miles and has some small climbs, creek crossings, boardwalks and the biggest ramp (with a bypass around it). All trails have some log jumps and the creek crossings may be wet or dry depending on the weather.

Trails are marked with signs and there are maps at the kiosk at the Arboretum trail head which connects all three trails. The trails are contiguous. All users are asked to sign in at the kiosk which also contains the lastest information on trail activities. Trails are open form sunup to one half hour after sunrise. The latest trail conditions can be found on the MTBOHIO.ORG website. The trail map and other info can be found on the MTBOHIO.ORG/MVMBA website.

Watch for arrows showing the recommended route at intersections. The recommended route is to start on Power Line, continue on Abracadabra and then finish on Great Scott. The map shows all trails.

User Reviews (32)

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crager34   Weekend Warrior [Sep 26, 2013]

Been awhile for a review, so here is another one. This is a wonderfuly maintained trail system with about 12 miles of trails. It is rather flat, but some obsticals have been added for fun and if it is to flat for you, then speed up. The Miami Valley Mtn Bike Association (MVMBA) has built a gazebo, changing rooms and kiosk near the trailhead with plenty of information. I rated this a 4 in aerobic because there is plenty of space to gear up and hammer to get the heart rate up. A 3 technical because even though there are obsticles, they are not that difficult. A 4 overall because it is a fun, well thought out Ohio trail.

Customer Service

Start at the kiosk, get yourself a map and head out. Ride all of them. This trail is open to runners and hikers as well but its so long and open that crowding is never an issue.

Similar Products Used: MoMBA, Cesars Creek
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4
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4
FriedEGs   Cross Country Rider [Sep 18, 2011]

This was my first ride at John Bryan. This trail is very well maintained! Very smooth, free flowing and fast!!

Not particularly difficult and very gradual hills. However, once you gain some good speed the trail can always become more technical and challenging! Honestly, you can carry some very high speeds on this trail, especially on the newest loop, the Frankenlight. Also, there are still quite a few boardwalks, creek crossings, ramp overs, etc. to keep it interesting.

My only downside is that while the trail is 9+ miles, it is all confined within a small area. You never quite get the feeling that you are on an adventure since the trail is always within very close proximity to other parts of the trail or to the park access road. More challenging obstacles and creek crossings would elevate the technical factor. Really, no major complaints.

I was torn between rating a 4 versus 5. I decided this trail is worth a 5. The Miami Valley team has really done a great job maintaining this trail and the trail marking system is very well thought out. Worth the drive from Cbus, for a nice change of pace!

Customer Service

I followed the recommendations of the other reviews and I recommend the same!

Start on the Powerline continue onto the Abacadabra trail, then Great Scott and fly through the Frankenlight loop. Turn around, and go right back through it!

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In comparison, Alum P2 is a little more challenging, with more obstacles, hills and technical creek crossings.
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5
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2
tispeeder   Weekend Warrior [Jun 25, 2010]

One of the best maintained trails in the State. There are about 12 miles of trail with the addition of the 2.5 mile Frankenlight Loop. Not alot of trail elevation but dont let it fool you. Ridden at speed the trees will jump out at you and there are plenty of boardwalks, log piles, ramps and creek crossings to keep you entertained. The Miami Valley Mtn Bike Association (MVMBA) has built a gazebo, changing rooms and kiosk near the trailhead and puts on a 6 Hour Race for Relief to finance the portajohn also near the trailhead.

Customer Service

Start at the kiosk, get yourself a map and head out. Recommended route is Power Line to Abracadabra to Great Scott. The trail can also be ridden in reverse or whatever sequence you want. This trail is open to runners and hikers as well but its so long and open that crowding is never an issue.

Abracadabra is a great trail for beginners the flattest and most open trail of the three.

Similar Products Used: MoMBA
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5
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4
MTB29erCurt   Cross Country Rider [Jan 11, 2010]

As of summer of 2009 John Bryan Sate park has 11.5 miles of single track, 12.5 miles if you count the fire road. Start out on Powerline which is about 2.3 miles long now. At the end of Powerline ride across the fire road to Abracadabra which is now about 3 miles long. Then ride across the fire road again to Great Scott. After about 3 miles Great Scott will run into a new loop just added last summer called Frankenlight, this loop was named after Nate Hawkens (spelling). He's the person that got this trail started back in 2005. Frankenlight loop is a little over 2.5 miles long and it is the best and fastest trail in the whole park. There's 3 parts of the Frankenlight loop you could get speeds of 20MPH or more, thats if your nerves can handle that speed on single track. The Frankenlight loop will bring you back out on Great Scoot and Great Scott will return you back to the parking lot in about 2 miles. Now turn around and ride it backwards for an even better workout.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used: MoMBA
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5
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3
edwards8368   Weekend Warrior [Jul 19, 2008]

JB is perfect for 29ers, probably single speeds also, or just a regular hardtail rig( no need for full sus. rig here). no major climbs no nasty descents, just lots of nice quick rolling singletrack(just watch out for trees). its nice to ride a trail where there is nothing so hard that i have to walk it. i also liked how all the trails start and end on the same fire road. this is a trail where you try to ride as fast as you can. time trials are held here throughout the year(fast laps)). trail can take a couple of days to dry out. check trail conditions at mtbohio.org . this trail is very well maintained, and conditions are updated almost everyday. trail is also located within 30 min. of another great trail, MoMBA(huffman metro park).

Customer Service

start on powerline follow onto abbra. then keep going onto the great scott trails. trails are well marked and you will have a hard time getting lost! you can always bailout at the end of any trails onto the fireroad(this will take you back to the parking lot). trails are rideable from either direction though.

Similar Products Used: MoMBA(for sure), harbin park, east fork, MMF
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4
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3
doug hamilton   Cross Country Rider [Mar 21, 2008]

Around 9 miles of single-track that takes advantage of the slight ups and downs of the area. In places, the trails weave in, out & around like a curve looking for a straight line. There are also enough open trails to get some nice speed-and-turns.
There are creek crossings, boardwalks, bridges and several long roll-overs to keep your intrest up.
This is a nice system to use if you are looking for a good, easy to maintain workout pace. The trails are family frendly, but they are also used for time trials for those who want to test their high speed skills.
Lots of small changes being made to this trail system in 2007 and will be fine tuned thoughout 2008. These trails are always very well kept and clean.

Customer Service

You can start on Powerline and follow the arrows to do the entire route, there are maps at the kiosk. Can also run in any direction using any or all of the Powerline, Abracadabra, & Great Scott sections.
The Park office rents bikes for these trails.

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4
VALUE
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3
Brandon   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2007]

I love this trail. It's a little under nine miles of pure joy. The MVMBA keeps the trail well maintained at almost all times. The trails are well marked so you don't get lost, just follow the arrows. Some sections have a lot of turns that for whatever reason are always between two trees, at times this can get cumbersome especially if you ride with wider bars. Great Scott has some great straigtaways that let you really pick up speed. If you think the trail is easy because of its lack of hills, your not going fast enough.

Customer Service

Sign in then go to power line, then abracadabra, then to great scoot. Sometimes I will start in the skills park to get warmed up, or sometimes end there to play around before going home.

Similar Products Used: Doing It Outdoors, Ceasers Creek, Alum Creek.
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5
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2
doug hamilton   Cross Country Rider [Mar 26, 2007]

The mtb trails at John Bryan State Park have something for beginners to expert . It’s all how you would like to ride. Since this is mostly level ground you can come out and not have to blow your lungs out if a smooth ride though the woods is your cup of tea that day.
Now, start to ramp up your speed and see what happens. Those nice tight turns, little log overs, ramps (all with by-passes) and creek crossings start to come at you faster than before . Now goto race mode during the FAST LAPS (time trials) and this system will test your skills and nerves.
If you are out for the first time and do the entire system (8.5 miles) plan on around 90 min. As there are many ways to run these trails you will find many different ways to enjoy your biking.
There is a small gravel parking lot right before the Day Lodge, park here or go up just a little more past this lot to the big gravel lot. In the middle of these two lots is a Kiosk, stop here to sign in and check out all that is going on at the Park.

Customer Service

If you are just getting started with these trails go to Power Line first. This trail is about 2miles and has and nice boardwalk, some creek crossings, and enough turns to get you warmed up for the rest of the trails.
Cross over to Abracadabra (about 2 miles) and there are some places to pick up speed, and test your skills if you like. This section also has some very nice woods & pine.
Next is Great Scott, the longest at 4.5 miles. Lots of everything here from turns, creeks and some cool ramps.

Similar Products Used: Harbin, Paint Creek
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5
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4
doug hamilton   Cross Country Rider [Mar 17, 2007]

One of the best words to use for the John Bryan mtb trails is "active ". There is almost always up-keep and fine tuning going on there, not to mention the races & activities that first timers to experts can do.
As you come into the park, follow the signs to the Day Lodge. Turn left just before the Day Lodge. There is a small lot on the left or go on up to the big gravel lot on your right. As you pass the first small lot there is a Kiosk on the left that heads you to the first trail (power line"). Lots of info at the Kiosk , sing-in & read what's going on.
There are 8 1/2 miles of trails to ride. This is a good system to ride if you are looking for a nice Loop. Count on 90 min. to explore the trails loop. Not much climbing, but lots else if you want to make a work-out of your ride.
Power line is 2 miles. Some nice & flat parts, a boardwalk, some bumpers, creeks, and a ramp or two make this section one you could do over and over and not get bored.
Abracadabra is also about 2 miles. If you can do this section at speed you will feel like one of those racers going though the woods in the Star War movie.
Great Scott is 4.5 miles. A very nice section to ride and enjoy, a little bit of everything here.
These trails are special because they are great for social group rides, or ramp it up and test/practice your MTB skills.

Customer Service

Take Power Line then goto Abracadabra & onto Great Scott.
After that you can mix it up any way you like.

Similar Products Used: Caesar Creek and Harbin Park
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5
VALUE
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4
luckyrider   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2005]

John Bryan mtb trails are 7.5 miles of pure fun. No, there isnt much elevation but there are plenty of logpiles, ramps, bridges and boardwalks to keep you busy...not to mention the wildlife...deer, owl, skunks, fox, etc. The trails are always in beautiful shape thanks to the MVMBA bike club. MVMBA also sponsors trail days, group rides and races so checkout the latest events on MTBOHIO.ORG. Over the winter, there will be more trail added to connect to a skills park so lots of stuff is happening here. The trails are great for beginners who want to cruise and enjoy the woods and great for advanced riders who know how to carve up the trail and still stay upright. For those who think these trails are easy, just go faster and see the workout that you can get.

Customer Service

Start at the kiosk by the Day Lodge and take Arboretum (the big gravel loop) to Power Line. Enter Power Line on the left which is 1.5 miles of some twisty stuff at the start and then it opens up. After finishing Power Line, cross Arboretum to Abracadabra which is 2.5 miles of open flowing single track with some log piles, a nice boardwalk, fun ramp and a bigger ramp. Abracadabra is the easiest section and a nice place for kids and beginners to start. If you get tired halfway through, there is a bailout at the ramp (with the bike perched on it). Complete Abracadabra and cross over to Great Scott. This is the longest trail at 3.5 miles and has a little bit of everything including a creek crossing, big ramp, board walks and some nice log piles. When done, you'll find yourself back at the parking lot by the Day Lodge where you started with a big grin on your face.

Similar Products Used: Caesar Creek, East Fork, Alum Creek
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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