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Green Ridge State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

12 miles. Signal track in some spots. Good hills, pretty challenging up hills, fast down hills. Nice state park. I've seen reviews for Greenbrier, but I don't think this is the same place. It's a mix of skills Advanced and "Extreme" riders will find it faily easy. But I think it would still a fun ride. Great camp site also.
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Latitude
39.527480478560676
Longitude
-78.53988647460937
Trail Directions
From DC/Balt: route 70 to route 68. Exit #62 to route 144 west. Drive about 3 miles follow the signs.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Rocky Gap
   


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Review Date
October 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: yetiman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Frequent visitor to DCL from DC area so always wondered about this trail. Made time for it on the way up to DCL for Columbus day Weekend, so here it goes: Significant climbing and non-hardpacked trail surface make this a really good workout. seems like 85% of the ride you are pointed up and the mixture of leaf, bark, twig and acorn litter kind of make it like riding on fly paper. No real hike a bike for technical reasons (trail has little to know intentional tech features if you don't include deadfall, washes and the like), but had to grab a tree or two to catch my breath on some of the climbs. down hill is nothing great, esp because of boggy conditions. a couple of sections with minimal switchbacks, other than that no real bike handling skills really needed...I figure if you are in the area Rocky Gap would be a more enjoyable ride, and if u go all the way to Accident, MD the Margraff Plantion trails are really fun! I give props to the boy scouts and dept of corrections for doing some serious work to get the Green Ridge trail in, but it clearly is a mountain bike trail made by non-mountain bikers.

Recommended Route:
Head north from MTB parking lot trail head, follow the signs. Some of the street crossings to pick up trail can be tricky esp. on Williams

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Gap, Margraff Plantation to the North West. Frederick Watershed to the South



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Review Date
October 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pburnsky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I enjoyed this trail a lot. It has a mix of switch back steep climbs, fast, smooth descents and some nice mountain views. Some minor rock gardens, off camber roots, makes this a bit more of a trail for beginners and a challenge for intermediate riders. For those that think this is a non-technical ride, just ride it fast and hard and consider it a hour and half intense workout. This is a classic Mid Atlantic Appalachian style ride. Thanks to the Park Rangers that made this trail.

Recommended Route:
Going Clockwise was great. Next time I'll do it counterclockwise and report back. I rode this mid October and the autumn colors were peaking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Similar to Frederick Watershed area but not as rocky.
Patapsco Avalon area is tighter and shorter ups and downs.



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Review Date
October 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mudforlunch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
eh. This trail is ok. Very scenic, able to camp and ride. A lot of down trees. Some parts seem maintained and some seem grown over. I was the only mtber on the trails all weekend. The way the trail is routed seems kind of stupid, if you follow the signs and do it in the right direction all the climbs have nice well maintained singletrack, and all the descents have you going down straight washouts or fireroads and eroded stuff with rocks everywhere. If you do this trail backwards, its much more enjoyable. Youll have to hike a bike on some climbs, but the twisty dh parts will be worth it. If youre into fast DH I found an awesome 2-3 mile or so chunk that you can shuttle up and down.



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Review Date
April 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jwiffle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time today. Great fun! I'd say this a great trail for intermediate riders with decent aerobic fitness. 12 miles of dedicated mountain biking makes for a great ride. Flows very well, a lot of fast, flowy sections that are fun to rail. A couple of steep, loose, rocky downhills that may be scary for a novice, but an intermediate rider can navigate. A few really good climbs (by good, I mean tough)--but all rideable (in other words, not a mandatory hike-a-bike, but if you're not in decent shape, they may well be hike-a-bikes) Stream crossings keep it interesting. Basically, a good all-around trail ride with a little something of everything--logs, a very few small rock gardens, ups, downs, etc.
Hopefully, maintenance crews will get out soon--there were a few big trees down over the trail at spots.

Recommended Route:
It's a directional trail, so follow the signs. Mile markers count downward from 12 instead of upward. I thought that was interesting.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gambril, Greenbrier, Rocky Gap, Cacapon, Sleepy Creek.



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Review Date
December 31, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scoboa ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a well maintained trail in a fairly isolated area. It is a combo of 30 percent fire road and 70 percent singletrack. It has white blazes and milage markers but sometimes they are a little far between. Make sure you weare bright colors because evan though I rode on a sunday and X-mas eve I still saw hunters and heard gunshots. Riding clockwise you get some steep climbs to 1600 then 1800 feet followed by a good downhill but it has some babyheads so be carefull the you do a few stream crossings followed by another 1.5 mile down hill that is a fast as you want it to be, I got up to 30+ mph! It finishes with a few small stream crossings. Not real tech but a great ride.

Recommended Route:
follow the signs to the trailhead then go clockwise



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