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Jenksville State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Deciduous forest/pine. Plenty of shade on hot day. Roots, slippery when wet. Solitude, few if any riders. New to MTB? Eastern section-w/caution. No witnesses.
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Latitude
42.286452962920926
Longitude
-76.21344566345215
Trail Directions
State Rt 38, north of Newark Valley, West onto Tappan Road, R/Howard Hill, R/Shirley, becomes Baker Rd, parking area on right with small booth across from State Forest Sign.(This is Eastern section trailhead). For western trailhead continue on Howard Hill, R/Allison Hill Rd to parking area.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Newark Valley
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: scottanthony ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Most of the trail is nice and rolling. A good bit single track, but there are also logging roads as well. There are some nice loops where you can get quite a bit of speed. On some of the sections, I can easily hit 30 to 35 miles per hour, which is a blast. This trail is not difficult and is great for beginners. Yet, for experienced guys it is fun at high speeds. In general, it is a good trail for everyone. From an aerobic standpoint, it is mountain biking, so there is some climbing, but not super steep and in fact if you have good aerobic the climbs are fun as well.

Recommended Route:
The trails on the west side, I prefer, but maybe that is because I ride them more. The outer loop is the best. The trails are well maintained.



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Review Date
April 2, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Trigger ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good riding when it's dry. XC riding, nothing too technical, about 15 miles of trails. Very few forest users. Holds water/mud and is typically the last state forest in the area to dry out. Yellow trails are in pretty rough shape (mud & pricker bushes), beat up by horse traffic pretty bad recently. Blue and Red trails are pretty fun.

Recommended Route:
Start with the Red trails, then do the Blue...and if it's dry do the Yellow trails too!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oakley Corners
Chenango Valley SP
Shindagin Hollow
Hammond Hill



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Review Date
July 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Big John ,  Weekend Warrior , from Vestal (Binghamton area)

Summary:
Jenksville is more of a Cross Country type ride; rolling, mostly smooth, and not overly technical. You can indeed find some pretty long climbs that will get your heart pounding, and some fast descents that will do the same! there are a few craggy trails, but nothing like Chenango. There is one ATV trail (virtually no one knows about it!) twisting insanely downhill that will test even the most courageous crazies! It's a fun place that won't beat or scare you to death, and give you a nice day's experience.



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Review Date
July 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nebbes , from Richford, NY

Summary:
Like riding Eastern section in early morning. Nobody is ever there. It gives this 68 year old senior a decent workout. Cell phone=very marginal. Avoid hunting season. www.flcycling.org/flcc/offroad/ reportedly raced the Eastern section in 2000.

Recommended Route:
Rt 38 SO/NO to Tappan Rd (north of Newark Valley). Right Howard Hill Rd, Right on Shirley Rd becomes Baker Rd to parking on right at State Forest sign.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oakley Corners State Forest, Chenango Valley State Park.



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