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Beaver Creek

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

There are two main trails in the park. The Dogwood Trail leads from a small picnic area near the parking lot to the campground. After a very rocky, but doable, beginning it becomes wide, flat and fast for a mile or so. This is a good warm up section for what lies ahead. The trail leaves the creek bank, turns into singletrack, and heads uphill. It has a few ups and downs then gets steeper towards the end. This is an up and back trail, and the back is much more fun as downhills always are. You can take a split about a third of the way down that takes you through some more extreme, technical riding, and a steep dounhill to the picnic area. We tried the more challenging trail next. The Vondergreen Trail is another out and back of about 6 or 7 miles round trip. It starts with a moderate rocky climb then turns into some fast single track for a mile or so before heading up a short steep climb with lots o rocks. You are rewarded for this climb with a fast ridge ride including some cool ups and downs followed by an awesome rocky DH with a couple of switch backs. It finishes up with another fast & flat about 3/4 mile along the creek to a parking lot. This trail is marked but has many intersecting horse trails that make it easy to take a wrong turn. Follow the white blazes if you can find them. The rangers can supply you with a map, but it does not show any of the horse trails. Parts of Vondergreen must be shared with horses and both trails are also for hikers, although we only saw two horses (on a no horses allowed section) and very few hikers. On the weekends you will find alot more hikers on the flat sections Beaver Creek has a little bit of everything and is a good place to hone your riding skills and have a good time. The park is open till 11pm, so some night riding could be had here.
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Latitude
40.636124
Longitude
-80.575829
Trail Directions
From Columbus take I-70 east to Bridgeport, OH, then St. Rte. 7 north about 45 mile to East Liverpool and Rt. 11 north to the Rodgers exit, then follow the signs to the park. Approx. 3 hours from Columbus.
Trail Length
12 - 16 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
East Liverpool
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: redd4573 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trails at Beaver Creek are progressing nicely after a long time without maintinece. The Rust Belt Revival Trail Coalition is the new IMBA chapter that is helping the ODNR with upgrading the trails. The Dogwood is in great shape and the Vondergreen is in pretty good shape. There is a new trail allmost complete at BC and is in phase 1-3. The Salamnder trail is about 1/2 mile in lenght and is located near the Dogwood trail head. This trail is to correct a poorly and unsustainable built trail and will add appox 2 miles when finished!



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Review Date
March 20, 2012

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: DaveD87 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I hate to say it but there are a few place that are destroyed by horses. I've told park employess about group after group of horse riders I've seen on the trail while hiking or biking. They tend to cater to the horses riders there and never intervene. Anyway best to look for the blue and white markers out there and stick to them. I love this trail its so beautiful out there, starting your journey up rocky hill away from the creek. Shortly after the climb a nice downhill that gets you back out to the creek bottom. Then back up the hill you get a good ridge ride that's relaxing with a few uphills and downs before catching the switch back down to gretchen's lock. Nice flat out to the sprucevale end of the park.

Recommended Route:
Upper Vondergreen

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dogwood



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Review Date
October 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dr_MurdocChongo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I recently rode this trail and found it to be in pretty poor condition. Consider that I rode it in the autumn when the leaves are down and the ground is soft. Sections of the Upper Vondergreen trail are almost totally ruined by horses (these aren't the horse trails, this is the actual Upper Vondergreen). The horses share this section and even in dry conditions, it is difficult. The dogwood trail is as described by other reviewers. Its fast and fun with a few difficult climbs and rock gardens. The lower Vondergreen trail is absolutely not for beginners and is virtually impassable if you have a 29er (unless you are highly skilled). This is definitely a portion that is strictly trials as it involves hopping from rock to rock, over giant roots, and across fallen logs. Once you get past that where the upper and lower meet, the trail is fairly pleasant. I am very disappointed that the trails are in such conditions as they used to be very nice. Overall, a nice ride if you live in the area, though I would not make a special trip here from, say Cleveland, unless you plan to camp (or strangely have some other reason for coming to east liverpool). I rated this trail a 5 for technicality simply because it is virtually trials riding in some sections and contains some steep climbs. 4 for aerobic workout (though it should be a 10 on some of the climbs) and 3 for overall rating.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brady's Run (PA)



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Review Date
May 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jgo47 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I typicaly ride Brady's Run and Bavington.These are actual mountain bike trails.As far as the trails here i do not consider these mountain bike trails. Thay are hiking trails.I did more hiking than riding.I would not recomend this place for mountain biking.It is a very nice park.



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Review Date
November 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Joey Oi , from New Castle PA

Summary:
I'm surprised more people haven't reviewed this one. I know quite a few riders who have riden this, although I'm not sure that there are many who ride it regularly. As described above this has two sperate sections, the Dogwood loop and the out and back Vondergreen, although the Vondergreen has a upper and lower section so you can switch things up a tad.
You enter the Vondergreen by leaving the main parking area, crossing the bridge and the enter to the right, either riding alongside the creek or hitting the upper trail section. The upper trail is a short but somewhat steep climb leading to a long downhill, double track that's verging on jeep road. The creek side section can be damn technical, rooty and rocky, not something a beginer is going to try for the first time and clean. I prefer the creek side trail, adds a dose of near trials type fun you're hard pressed to find in Ohio. This leads into a nice flat single track section that connects w/ the upper Vondergreen just in time for a difficult uphill, lots of rocks and erosion from horses. This then continues into a more single track ascent, that eventualy leads you to a sweet fast rolling ridge line section. You are then treated to a switch back, loose stone littered downhill that will eventually lead you back to the creek and more double track that dead ends into a parking area. Turn around and realize that 30 seconds of crazy downhill means about 5 minutes of grueling uphill, technical though, if that's any consolation.
The Dogwood also begins w/ crossing the bridge. This time hang a left onto the road and a 2nd left towards the creek, there's some single track on the left as well, try to hit that; it's short but fun and beats road riding any day. Follow the paved track until you run out of park and you'll come to a map that shows Dogwood. I usualy follow the creek side trail but you can start w/ a steep and rocky uphill. The rest follows the above description. I will caution that on the downhill coming back to the park proper there are about 3 different ways to go, scout it out because the far left one leads into a steep rock garden that is trecherous to say the least, endo-ing here could mean a helicopter ride to a trauma center.
Overall I enjoy this trail a great deal, as close to PA riding as you're going to get in Ohio. The downside is that due to the fact it shares trail sections w/ horse riders you can end up on horse trail by mistake, messy to say the least. That and the trail is definitely out in the boonies, if you stand still you can almost hear the theme from Deliverance in the back ground.

Recommended Route:
The above directions are pretty good, there are a fair amount of signs to be found leading to the park. From the Youngstown area go Rt.7 S. through Rodgers and it's a few miles past that [3-5 I think]

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brady's Run



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