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Paint Creek State Park

Average Rating:    (3.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

singletrack, easy climbs rough due to dry conditions difficult loops were a little more interesting all in probably not worth more than a hours drive.
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Latitude
39.27206543952583
Longitude
-83.37318420410156
Trail Directions
state rt. 50 to rapidforge to state park cmpgrounds
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Chillicothe/Hillsboro
   


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Review Date
May 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JayR54 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I like the south loop better than the north loop. The south loop recovers after a rain faster than the north loop and most of it is just like single track. There are stream crossings and steep inclines that you may have to dismount and push your bike through. The muddly spots on the north loop main trail are only a few feet long so you can get through OK. So don't let a little moisture stop you from riding it. This is the only trail I ride now. I retired and moved from the Detroit area in June 2009 to Rocky Fork Lake about 15 miles away from Paint Creek. They keep the main trail mowed. I've been working on the two north loop single tracks since last September. So there are no downed trees anymore and the vines with thorns that like to snag you as you ride by have been trimmed back. But I find that I have to dismount in a couple places and just push the bike. Like that first stream crossing on the first single track section of the north loop. And there are also some very steep climbs that I can't make. I got a good bike but I'm 60 years old too and I figure maybe it's just an IQ test. Are you smart enough to get off your bike at a dangerous stream crossing and do you realize it will take more energy to try and ride you bike up that steep incline vs just dismounting and pushing the bike up it? The first piece of single track on the south loop is rideable without dismounting. You'll get a good view of the lake. Both single track sections on the north loop will also give you a view of the lake. On the south loop main trail you'll come to a sign that says "lake overlook". Go ahead and take that downhill to the lake. Stop, take a rest and take in the view. On the south loop you'll eventually come to a crossing of Taylor road. Don't bother crossing it. There is only a little bit of trail left. And the stream crossing in this last little bit of trail has sewage in it (possibly from the camp site not too far away). So why stink up you bike? Instead you can just take Taylor road back to the parking lot. Or better yet stay off the road completely. Just take a left and you'll come to a mowed entrance that leads back to the trail. You'll recognize the wooden post with the word "trail" and a white arrow. Don't follow the arrow. Instead just take a right and you'll be going in the reverse direction on the trail back to the parking lot a short distance away.

Recommended Route:
Both main trails of both the north and south loops are fabulous. You can ride the first single track section on the south loop without having to dismount and you'll get a good view of the lake too. I'd skip all the other single track sections unless you're curious and like a challenge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Caesar's Creek has 4 trailheads and is maintained by the Cincinnati Off Road Alliance so I bet it's good.



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Review Date
December 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: skeeter ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
not too tough of a trail, but it's still a good one. nothing really scary, no suicide hills or anything. it's a pretty area, and not generally crowded. trails are fairly well marked, so you can pretty much go out by yourself and not get lost, although if you biff hard, you might lay there a while before someone finds you.

if you ride both loops, it's a good workout, and it's a fun place for group rides, since all riding levels can still have a good time. other than that, it isn't too technical, mainly rolling hills, no real long uphills. some sections, mostly on the north loop, are double track, but it gives the chance to look around at the countryside.

also, this place usually holds up well after rains, but can get a little overgrown at times, since it doesn't seem to get a ton of usage.

Recommended Route:
warmup on the north loop, than ride south loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
caesar creek.



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Review Date
September 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The singletrack here is sweeeeet. Unfortunately, it's short and the few bits are far apart from one another. The rest is what I cal "lawnmower trail." The fun parts are just too short and too far from one another to give this trail a high recommendation. It's certainly not worth the drive if you live closer to Cesar Creek, Hueston Woods, or even John Bryan.

Recommended Route:
Whatever you do, make sure you take the forks marked "singletrack," even if you're a beginner. This will introduce you to what fun mountian biking can be.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cesar Creek, Hueston Woods, or even John Bryan



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Review Date
July 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dabiz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very sweet beginner/intermediate trail system...lots to keep you interested, nothing too tough or technical, hammer the south loop for lots of FAST wide downhill and some suprising stream crossings...some moderate climbs too....try the North side for a shorter, more technical ride....very well maintained and marked, great place to ride in this part of the world

Recommended Route:
South loop (be sure and take the "single-track" off-shoots)....then try the North loop



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Review Date
May 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lazer , from Dublin,OH

Summary:
This is a very fast track when it is dry! The meadows leave little to be desired unless you ride full suspension, they can be very bumpy. The meadows do offer some beautiful views however. In the middle of summer the grass in the meadows, if not cut, can get pretty high. The rest of the track is great not too technical--great for beginners and folks that like to go FAST! The best is to go and camp and ride. You can also swim, fish, and boat at Paint Creek.

Recommended Route:
I always ride both loops. Follow the red blazes off of the white trail. The white is easy and the red is "more difficult."

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ceasar Creek



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