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John Bryan Trail

Average Rating:    (4.16 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 32

There are 8.5 miles of mountain biking trails at John Bryan State Park. The trails were built and are maintained by the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA) in partnership with the Park. The first trail, Power Line, opened in April 2002. The other two trails, Abracadabra and Great Scott, opened in April 2003. More trail was added early in 2004, 2005 & 2006. A Skills Park opened in 2006.

Power Line is 2 miles with tight twisty turns and long runs, a boardwalk, some creek crossings & a small ramp. It is perfect for honing bike balance & turning skills. Directly across from Power Line is Abracadabra which has about 2 miles of mostly flat and open easy riding. It has one medium-sized ramp (with a bypass around it), a boardwalk and small creek crossings. Directly across from Abracadabra is Great Scott. Great Scott is the longest trail at 4.5 miles and has some small climbs, creek crossings, boardwalks and the biggest ramp (with a bypass around it). All trails have some log jumps and the creek crossings may be wet or dry depending on the weather.

Trails are marked with signs and there are maps at the kiosk at the Arboretum trail head which connects all three trails. The trails are contiguous. All users are asked to sign in at the kiosk which also contains the lastest information on trail activities. Trails are open form sunup to one half hour after sunrise. The latest trail conditions can be found on the MTBOHIO.ORG website. The trail map and other info can be found on the MTBOHIO.ORG/MVMBA website.

Watch for arrows showing the recommended route at intersections. The recommended route is to start on Power Line, continue on Abracadabra and then finish on Great Scott. The map shows all trails.
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Latitude
39.789676297642345
Longitude
-83.85881423950195
Trail Directions
Follow US 68 to just north of Yellow Springs and then go east on State Route 343 (Yellow Springs Pike). Follow SR343 for about 2 miles and then turn right on State Route 370 (or Meredith Road). Follow SR370 for about a mile, turn left towards the park office and follow the signs to the Day Lodge. Park in the small parking lot across from the Day Lodge or the bigger one just beyond it. Directions and trail maps can be found at MTBOHIO.ORG/MVMBA
Trail Length
8.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Yellow Springs
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Review Date
September 26, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: crager34 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Been awhile for a review, so here is another one. This is a wonderfuly maintained trail system with about 12 miles of trails. It is rather flat, but some obsticals have been added for fun and if it is to flat for you, then speed up. The Miami Valley Mtn Bike Association (MVMBA) has built a gazebo, changing rooms and kiosk near the trailhead with plenty of information. I rated this a 4 in aerobic because there is plenty of space to gear up and hammer to get the heart rate up. A 3 technical because even though there are obsticles, they are not that difficult. A 4 overall because it is a fun, well thought out Ohio trail.

Recommended Route:
Start at the kiosk, get yourself a map and head out. Ride all of them. This trail is open to runners and hikers as well but its so long and open that crowding is never an issue.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MoMBA, Cesars Creek



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Review Date
September 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FriedEGs ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was my first ride at John Bryan. This trail is very well maintained! Very smooth, free flowing and fast!!

Not particularly difficult and very gradual hills. However, once you gain some good speed the trail can always become more technical and challenging! Honestly, you can carry some very high speeds on this trail, especially on the newest loop, the Frankenlight. Also, there are still quite a few boardwalks, creek crossings, ramp overs, etc. to keep it interesting.

My only downside is that while the trail is 9+ miles, it is all confined within a small area. You never quite get the feeling that you are on an adventure since the trail is always within very close proximity to other parts of the trail or to the park access road. More challenging obstacles and creek crossings would elevate the technical factor. Really, no major complaints.

I was torn between rating a 4 versus 5. I decided this trail is worth a 5. The Miami Valley team has really done a great job maintaining this trail and the trail marking system is very well thought out. Worth the drive from Cbus, for a nice change of pace!

Recommended Route:
I followed the recommendations of the other reviews and I recommend the same!

Start on the Powerline continue onto the Abacadabra trail, then Great Scott and fly through the Frankenlight loop. Turn around, and go right back through it!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'm from Columbus:

In comparison, Alum P2 is a little more challenging, with more obstacles, hills and technical creek crossings.



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Review Date
June 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tispeeder ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
One of the best maintained trails in the State. There are about 12 miles of trail with the addition of the 2.5 mile Frankenlight Loop. Not alot of trail elevation but dont let it fool you. Ridden at speed the trees will jump out at you and there are plenty of boardwalks, log piles, ramps and creek crossings to keep you entertained. The Miami Valley Mtn Bike Association (MVMBA) has built a gazebo, changing rooms and kiosk near the trailhead and puts on a 6 Hour Race for Relief to finance the portajohn also near the trailhead.

Recommended Route:
Start at the kiosk, get yourself a map and head out. Recommended route is Power Line to Abracadabra to Great Scott. The trail can also be ridden in reverse or whatever sequence you want. This trail is open to runners and hikers as well but its so long and open that crowding is never an issue.

Abracadabra is a great trail for beginners the flattest and most open trail of the three.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MoMBA



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Review Date
January 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MTB29erCurt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As of summer of 2009 John Bryan Sate park has 11.5 miles of single track, 12.5 miles if you count the fire road. Start out on Powerline which is about 2.3 miles long now. At the end of Powerline ride across the fire road to Abracadabra which is now about 3 miles long. Then ride across the fire road again to Great Scott. After about 3 miles Great Scott will run into a new loop just added last summer called Frankenlight, this loop was named after Nate Hawkens (spelling). He's the person that got this trail started back in 2005. Frankenlight loop is a little over 2.5 miles long and it is the best and fastest trail in the whole park. There's 3 parts of the Frankenlight loop you could get speeds of 20MPH or more, thats if your nerves can handle that speed on single track. The Frankenlight loop will bring you back out on Great Scoot and Great Scott will return you back to the parking lot in about 2 miles. Now turn around and ride it backwards for an even better workout.

Recommended Route:
Same as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MoMBA



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Review Date
July 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: edwards8368 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
JB is perfect for 29ers, probably single speeds also, or just a regular hardtail rig( no need for full sus. rig here). no major climbs no nasty descents, just lots of nice quick rolling singletrack(just watch out for trees). its nice to ride a trail where there is nothing so hard that i have to walk it. i also liked how all the trails start and end on the same fire road. this is a trail where you try to ride as fast as you can. time trials are held here throughout the year(fast laps)). trail can take a couple of days to dry out. check trail conditions at mtbohio.org . this trail is very well maintained, and conditions are updated almost everyday. trail is also located within 30 min. of another great trail, MoMBA(huffman metro park).

Recommended Route:
start on powerline follow onto abbra. then keep going onto the great scott trails. trails are well marked and you will have a hard time getting lost! you can always bailout at the end of any trails onto the fireroad(this will take you back to the parking lot). trails are rideable from either direction though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MoMBA(for sure), harbin park, east fork, MMF



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