AEP - Trail, Zanesville, Ohio

AEP - Trail, Zanesville, Ohio

DESCRIPTION

Brand new trail system built by COMBO. There is a 5 mile loop, but many more new miles are to be built with all the great volunteer help. The trails are technical in many spots with some roots, exposed rocks, and switchbacks to manuever. There is 1 steep climb, but its short. There are 2 or 3 gradual climbs that are pretty easy. Check out these trails, plan to camp at the AEP sites, and help build more miles this year.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 22, 2013]
heathwb
Racer

Trail is unrideable, no maintenance in the last 2 years.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 20, 2012]
lisa
Weekend Warrior

I took a chance on this trail last summer, late in the season. This trail is probably best ridden in late spring early summer before the vegetation has taken over the trail. I only got to do half of the trail due to many trees that had fallen and it was late in the day. This trail is technical and was drenched in spiderwebs stretched across the path. But its an interesting trail with awesome views. 75' cliffs, clear lakes to swim in, and as close to back country biking you can get in Ohio.
Which means you should have some skill level before riding. Make sure to put the local sheriffs # in your phone before heading out. Plus this is an awesome place to go camping.
I give this a 5 due to vegetation growth, elevation gain, proximity to help when needed and the possibility of wild life let out of their cages. Happy Trails, folks:)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 10, 2008]
JPost
Cross Country Rider

I haven't been to AEP since the fall of 06 and probably only rode about 1/2 mile before we turned around. Not only did I go through some spider webs that were as strong as ropes and had huge spiders on them, when we finally did get to the lake we couldn't even see the trail.... so we left and went to the Wilds and I broke my arm... the end.

Similar Products Used:

Wilds

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 19, 2008]
neverdnf
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail in mid-fall of 2007. At that time, it wasn't overgrown, but I can't say that it isn't in mid-summer. Phase one has a gentle climb for the first mile or so that definitely warms you up for the rest of the trail. There are defintely some technical log piles, small crossings, etc. I think we all bit it hard at least once that day. It just seemed like there wasn't a great flow to the trail.

Phase II is a really good section, but needs some benching done on the hills. You'll find yourself riding on the side of the hill for what seems like a couple miles. Nothing horrible, but kinda annoying after a while. Better flow than Phase I.

All in all, I'll continue to ride it because it is one of the closer trails to my house, but here are better trails in the area, I think.

Similar Products Used:

Dillon, The Wilds.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 23, 2007]
Trail Karma
Cross Country Rider

This trail is several years old now and has matured nicely. It needs to be ridden more often by lots of riders. This trail sheds water well and can be ridden in just about any condition. It has be cleaned of all but one downed tree. Go ride.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise but fun in any direction.

Similar Products Used:

The wilds. dillon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 04, 2005]
gilligan98
Cross Country Rider

This is my second visit to AEP. The place has great potential, but due to the trail being overgrown with poison ivy and way too many briars, I've check this trail system off my list. Trail mileage was just short of 10 miles of undulating terrain.

Customer Service

Two different phases of trail building have created a loop. Counter clockwise is the recommended route. Watch out for bike eating clay when the area is wet.

Similar Products Used:

Dillon, vulture's knob, Mohican Wilderness

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 19, 2004]
matty van pompador
Weekend Warrior

take a friend, don't tell him about the spiders, and make him ride lead.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 01, 2004]
LUV2MTB
Racer

OK! So there hasn't been a review of this trail since june of 2002! Well, A lot has happened since that time. There is an additional 4.5 miles of trail, called Phase II. As you complete the first loop of single track, you'll drop out next to the deep lake. A large sign pointing in the right direction will get you to where you want to go. If you can't see the sign then you need to wipe the spider webs off your glasses!;-) Phase II is a nice flowing section with a couple of high views just like the first sectiojn of trail. On phase II you'll find a couple of cool lakes, one of which you'll be right on the edge of a high wall looking straight down about 70 feet. There is a section of down hill that runs for almost 1 mile, moderate slope in some places and steep in others. It's not to technical at all. But when speed is combines with tight twisty single track, lined by trees on both sides, it can get a little technical (keep your elbows in and your rump back. When you'r finished with this, guess what...you have to climb about the same amount of distance to get back near the trail head. Don't worry, you'll be rewarded with a nice leisurely descent (rocky & tight) back to the parking lot/trail head. Phase II has a nice flow to it and is not as whoop-de-dooy as Phase I. So...if spiders don't scare you, you like to camp and you are immune to poison ivy, you'll have a great weekend of camping, fishing (if that's your thing) and riding. I hear phase III planning is under way now, 2005 should bring an additonal 4 or 5 miles of trail. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Follow the signs and stay behind someone if you're the first riders out in the morning.

Similar Products Used:

Dillon (45 miles north east of AEP) just northeast of Zanesville

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 09, 2001]
Crew

If you like to ride a trail that is techinical and I mean not alot (2 or 3 toters)of man made junk this is it.. It is only about 5+ miles or so but they are adding about 9 more miles in the future.. If being high up in the air is not your thing this trails not for you. The trail will put you up there and real close to a cliff.
The only thing bad about this place is the drive it seems forever.

Customer Service

70 east to Zanesville.
In Zanesville, take Seventh Street/ State Route 146 Exit #155.
Take SR 60 a few blocks then take State Route 146 East.
Follow SR 146 East ( 10 miles) until you come to Chandlersville and then take State Route 284 South (right).
Follow SR 284 for 16 miles until you come to Township Road 944 (a white COMBO sign will be on your right and an AEP Sandy Hollow Campground sign will be on your left.)
Turn right on TR 944, then take first right into the trailhead parking lot. The trail will be on your left (before the orange gate.)

Similar Products Used:

Velo-z

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 17, 2001]
Joey

This trail puts you in the air. They have are few teeters and some pretty long climbs.They host a race there once a year.The trail its self is 4 miles plus a one mile service road to the trail head. One or two steep climbs. Can be tricky at night but loads of fun.Some switch backs every once in a while. there is 30 thousand some acres for the use of the trail. New sections are being put in adding about ten miles to this nice trail.so far some of the best riding I've done.GOOD WORK COMBO!!!!!!!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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