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No. of Reviews: 5

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Latitude
40.07807142745009
Longitude
-82.51779556274414
Trail Directions
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Granville
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mrCharlie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm very appreciative that Denison allows mountain bikers on these trails. I live in Granville, these are a five minute ride from my house. The trails are well marked and Denison does a great job of taking care of fallen trees and mowing in the summer. Most trails are fairly wide and smooth, though there are some rooty places.

However, there is quite bit of untapped potential for the Reserve, for much more than just mountain bikers. Many of the trails would likely benefit from rerouting or other improvements, mud and drainage are a big problem in several places. The worst is White Tail loop at the bridge, I don't think I've ever seen it dry even after a few weeks of no rain. There are many other places around the system that take a long time to dry. Some of the hills are quite steep and straight, leading to a lot of erosion in the middle of the trail. Unfortunately, talking to other mountain bikers in the area, it doesn't sound like the University is interested in volunteers to maintain or improve the system.

Still, this is just five minutes from me, and I really appreciate having a decent place to ride so close.

Recommended Route:
White Tail loop can be fun when it's dry. Long, curvy, and fun boardwalk section on Woodcock Trail. Lots of loops that can be connected without too much overlap to make a decent long ride.

Maps are available at the parking area off of 661.



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Review Date
April 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bryan , from Latrobe, PA

Summary:
I run for Denison University, I am always running on the trails and I get my bike out when I can. It's really cool that the University lets riders out there. The trails are nice for beginners, and intermediates can have fun cause you can get some nice speed. I reccomend Taylor Oaks.



Comments
mrCharlie (02/27/2012)
It appears that in the ten years since this was posted that Taylor Ochs has been closed to bikes. Haven't been here long enough to know exactly why, though I would guess mud given how muddy the rest of the system can be.
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Review Date
May 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Cajun , from DublinTrails

Summary:
I rode 9.5 miles here. I rode on every trail I think - there are a few that are not for bikers. Some trails had some small log crossings that were fun. There were a few fallen trees that you had to get off and walk over. The trails are very wide and smooth which makes for a fast ride, but since these were originally hiking trails the turns are pretty sharp, and when 1 trail deadends into an intersection, its a hard turn, not a nice gradual turn. So the faster you go, watch your turns. There are 2 hills that are technical due to the exposed roots and erosion devices - besides that you can fly on the hills. There is one short trail that is marked with a Red Bird, take this one and try to ride up on the elevated walkway - its a good lift up onto the walkway, but the drop off is fun. The second one is a bit tipsy, almost like the serpent at Vultures Knob.

Recommended Route:
There seems to be a big loop, with many short trails in between. The trails are well marked with signposts that have KM, symbols, and arrows on them. Try them all in both directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
pics should be at www.dublintrails.homestead.com



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Review Date
March 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: R.J. , from Columbus, Ohio

Summary:
This is a great trail for inexperienced riders; very little variety; there are a few trails off the main paved trail. My wife loves this trail.



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Review Date
August 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jeff jones , from pataskala,oh,usa

Summary:
great for the inexperienced rider, "such as myself" beautifull scenery as one would expect in a reserve. kudos to denison university for letting hikers and bikers share their trail. help keep it clean and let's show them this can work!

Recommended Route:
from columbus, take i-70 east to the state rt 37 exit. take 37 north to granville, rt at light, follow signs for sr661, about 3mi out of town. on rt hand side of road, looks like somebodys driveway.



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