south campus - Trail, West Chester, Pennsylvania

south campus - Trail, West Chester, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

good trails, logs, jumps, fun! from personal experience, if you see something blocking the trail either move it or put something accross the trail to warn other riders. i went flying over a downed tree after landing a jump at mach speed yesterday, it could have been avoided if the first person to ride it (I SAW SKID MARKS) would have put some logs accross the f*&King jump. i ain't bitchin but these trails are great and i have seen lots of people enjoying them, lets work together and try and keep each other from flying off of our bikes unnecessarily. wow i never intended to drop philosophy. max check the web link for french creek

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[Feb 11, 2009]
Rick
Weekend Warrior

These trails are behind the football stadium as all the other reviews state. It's a good short ride, probably not worth driving any more than 45 min to get here though. I like it because I live in town and I just ride on down here. Lots of small hills, not technical except for a few small segments, a few log hops, but a lot of fun. Don't worry about the classes going on there, just watch out for runners and dog walkers.

Customer Service

Do it all! Very easy to see all the trails within about 2 hours.

Similar Products Used:

Marsh Creek, French Creek, Betzwood, Dead Man's Hill

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RATING
3
VALUE
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2
[Jul 18, 2007]
work-ed
Cross Country Rider

Not recommended. This place seems to be used for environmental conservation programs. I've seen classes held in the wooded area. All the big log piles have been broken up, and everything I've personally build back up was broken down the next week. It's not worth riding here. Look elsewhere.

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1
VALUE
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2
[Jul 26, 2005]
droppabeet
Weekend Warrior

The Enchanted Forest huh? Being that I ride this trail twice/three times weekly, I would be surprised if I missed that one. This is a great place to ride for an hour or two. The log jumps and piles are great for learning the proper way to clean these type of obstacles. They are, however, fragile so maintainence is appreciated. Also, these logs have the tendancy to bend your third chainring with ease if not approached with speed and tact. As the summer progresses, some of the drop offs and roots get washed out and more difficult. I love this small gem hidden in West Chester.

Customer Service

From the access road bridge, take you second right and climb to the top, over a log, across the road, and straight across to the trail on the other side of the road. Follow that trail all the way down staying left until you come to the road where you started and repeat 3-5 times for a warm up. Head up the road all the way until it vears to the right and turns to gravel. Follow that road until you see a right that is marked about 15 feet in with a baby log drop. Follow this to the left over some logs and straight until a almost 180 degree left "emerges", take it. Go all the way on this trail for some challenging ups, downs, skinnys, rocks and one log that f's my bike up everytime.

Similar Products Used:

Whatever you like and know

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 31, 2000]
Tortfeaser

Like the intial review stated this trail has a nice variety of single track, roads, logs, jumps, etc. This trail has a couple of loops, none of which are all that long requiring the rider to make a few laps in order to get a good workout. I wouldn't make this trail a "destination" ride for the weekend. This trail is much more suited to the local looking for a nice after work ride or quick weekend ride. However, don't let this deter you from checking it out. This trail has a hidden gem of a loop that not many people know of. My friend dubbed it the "Enchanted Forest" and let me tell you that it is not all that friendly. I won't tell you how to get there but to quote Poe, take the path less traveled and you will find it. When the woods get denser and let in less light and outside noise you know that you there. The Enchanted Forest has a hill that I have yet to get up without walking the bike up the rest of the way. This hill is not the steepest, longest, muddiest or sandiest. What makes it so difficult is that it goes straight up and has rocks that only allow a certain way up. Veer an inch off that path and you bang your knee into a rock or tree. Lift your ass off the seat and you spin out immediately. In order to navigate this course one must be exceptionally well balanced and strong. As a result most people avoid the Enchanted Forest as evidenced by the very narrow single track. If you don't feel up to the challenge, no problem. The Enchanted Forest is a hard loop to find. The more intermediate rider will be happy on the other loops. Once you end your ride you can head back into town for a pint.

Customer Service

Without giving too much away, one should park by the stadium and enter the woods at the bottom of the parking lot. Take the first fork to the right for a nice loop.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 28, 2000]
Bull

Log jumps, log jumps, log jumps. I can't say it enough. The logs on these trails range from 3-inch thick teenyboppers to one that just about makes it up to my waist. The larger ones have smaller logs and branches surrounding them so that its relatively easy to get over them, but there are still parts of them that are clean so that you can work on your log jumping skills. Overall the area is small, but if you really explore you'll find the enchanted trail. The whole area is part of WCU's Cross Country course in the fall, so some of the trails are well groomed. You'll know when you're on the course by the occasional arrow spray-painted into the dirt. Overall, small hills, not too technical (cept for the enchanted trail). You can ride most of it pretty fast, but you'll have to go over the same things a few times to get a good work out.

Customer Service

Follow Tortfeaser's directions. He's got it down.

Similar Products Used:

Bonner Park, Glen Mills; Dead Man's Hill, Frazer; Gibson Covered Bridge, Downingtown (coming soon)

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 26, 2001]
Brax

The Enchanted Forest is really cool. I hit it going the opposite direction which made for some killer climbs. My advice to other riders: Just go with the flow. Go whatever way you want, because it all leads back to the parking lot or access road. Great riding!!!!!!!

Customer Service

Everyway possible

Similar Products Used:

Marsh Creek Boat Launch off of 282.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 13, 2001]
Becker

I ride these trails every once in a while and I have a killer time whenever I go. There are some fun trees to jump. Some small and some good size ones. My favorite trail runs back behind the football stadium area. There is a tree that splits the trail. The woosy route to the right but if you go down the hill on the left it makes all the difference! Check it out sometime.

Customer Service

The tree roots!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 20, 2002]
Josh

Thought it had a good mix of ups and downs, singletrack, logs, rocks, roots. Not sure which of the loops is the enchanted forrest, but I am pretty sure I covered most of the area-- its not that big. One pretty cool short loop on the south side that has a nice climb one direction. The southwest side has some narrow hill-side singletrack that is pretty difficult. There is something for everyone-- just stay where you can ride.

Customer Service

All of the loops together make a pretty good ride

Similar Products Used:

Benner Park, Brandywine, Penn State

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 10, 2002]
Stin8m

Found a new technical section today. As you cross the bridge after the big hill by the tennis/baseball fields, the mai trail goes to the right, bu if you go straight there is a new tight single track trail with some very technical logs. You will come to a sharp turn, look up the hill and you will see some small logs piled up that lead onto a fallen tree that you can ride across!!! It is 20 or 25 feet. Then there is a nice STEEP ceak cross.
There are some nice trails on the other side of the paved road that runs through the middle. There are some really good logs, nicely maintained, some roacky sections, good decents, and uphills. Good for a afternoon ride. Not for a weekend trip. There are some good areas for new riders, but can also please the better riders.

Customer Service

turn left at the tenis courts. Park there. Ride down th nice flowwing hill to the bridge. Trails start there.

Similar Products Used:

Bonner Park

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 07, 2002]
Mike

Good mix of trails with log jumps and rocks. The only bad part about it is it is a small area. You have to do a bunch of loops to get a good workout.
If you enter from the paved path going up hill, find the trail on the right side that runs parrell with the paved path. Head down there and you will find some big log jumps (4 in a row) that are great. The last one is about four feet high (They all have smaller logs stacked in front and back so you can ride up)
This is a good place to learn for beginners or advanced riders who live near by and are looking for a quick ride. It is also difficult to get lost since it is small.

Customer Service

Park at the South side of WCU stadium.

Similar Products Used:

Marsh Creek, French Creek

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RATING
3
VALUE
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