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Average Rating:    (3.47 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

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.
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Latitude
39.73253798438173
Longitude
-81.7408561706543
Trail Directions
From ColumbusTake 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.) From Cleveland/ Wheeling/ MariettaTake Interstate 77 South of Cambridge. Take State Route78 West at Caldwell. Follow SR 78, which will also become SR 83. When they split, follow SR 83 North, about 100 yards, and then turn left onto SR 284. Follow SR 284 a few miles and then turn left onto Township Road 944 (a white COMBO sign will be on your left and an AEP Sandy Hollow Campground will be on your right.) Follow TR 944 about 100 yards, then take the first right into the trailhead parking lot. The trail will be on your left (before the orange gate.)
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Zanesville
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Review Date
July 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: heathwb ,  Racer

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



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Review Date
July 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lisa ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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:)



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Review Date
November 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JPost ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wilds



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Review Date
February 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: neverdnf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dillon, The Wilds.



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Review Date
July 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: gilligan98 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dillon, vulture's knob, Mohican Wilderness



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