Home  >>Trails >> United States Trails >>Ohio >>

Lat: Lng:

The Wilds

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

The trails are located on the property of the Wilds (http://www.thewilds.org), a 10,000 acre wildlife conservation center. With 1,900 set aside just for trails.

There are many different facets of a trail represented in The Wilds 14 miles. Rock gardens, a few logs here and there, many off camber roots, and some whoop de doo style ascents and descents. You'll find short, steep uphills and downhills here, and challenges.

Don't head out without a map they are downloadable at the joinomba.org/aoa website. Tails are marked with white poles with #'s that indicate where you are on the map.
discuss this trail in the Midwest forum >>
post pictures of this trail >>
search for trail pictures >>

This trail doesn't have any Longitude and Latitude data for the map. Participate and drag the red marker to the correct location.
Enter a Starting Point (City, State, or Landmark)


[X]Cancel
Latitude
39.8783906752467
Longitude
-81.74154281616211
Trail Directions
The trailhead is located on State Route 146. It is across from the intersection of 146 and Zion Ridge Road (in the field to the north). It is around 6 miles west of Cumberland on the right, and 18 miles east of Zanesville on the left.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Zanesville
Web Address
   


Sort Reviews by:  Latest Review | Best Rating
Reviews 1 - 5 (12 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
June 21, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Marc Kade ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If you've ridden this trail in the past, you need to get back out and ride again. It has changed a lot. AOA has done an amazing job of moving dirt and reshaping this trail. Da Playa is mountain bike park quality stuff.

Overall, a great mixture of cross country riding, down hill riding, and everything in between (rocks, little drop jumps, gap jumps, table tops, some hills, smooth trail, and nice views).

Each year new stuff keeps popping up. Great work.

Recommended Route:
Here's a link to map from AOA, that builds and maintains the trail:

http://bikeaoa.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/wilds-mtb-trails.pdf

However, there is an enduro race each spring there that has the best route. A link to the map is here:

http://bikeaoa.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/wilds_enduro_map.pdf

From the Trail Head follow the enduro race route beginning with Section 1. Follow the entire race route until the end of Section 5. At the end of Section 5 follow trail to the right and work back around to the start of Section 5. After a little trail it puts you back on a service road that you were just on going from 4 to 5. Then use connector trail/service roads to get pack to Section 2. This trail is call Da Playa. If you followed the race route, you've already done this once and if you have, I know you want to do it again. Finish this section down to the main service road and head back to Trail Head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dillon State Park

My rating explanation:

Aerobic,I ride quite a bit and this trail has some hills but no gassers like Mohican. Additionally, I'm not a cross country racer. Though there are some steep climbs and you need to be in decent shape to get around it.

Technically, this place can be a 5 if you hit the all the big stuff.... there is a 8+ foot drop off jump there. However, you don't have to hit it all either, there are options around for lesser skilled. So it could also be a 3. I chose 4.

Overall, this is my favorite ride in Ohio. I'm willing to do most obstacles at all the trails in Ohio. This used to be the case here, until now. With all the recent changes, it's making me nervous again. That being said, take caution, these obstacles can and will hurt you. I broke ribs on one particular jump, not fun. I like to push the envelope, so I love that the place challenges me technically. It gets a 5.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
July 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: heathwb ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The AOA trail crew has been pouring hundreds of hours into the Wilds trail system over the past 2 years and it shows. The trails system has been transforming into a great Enduro training format. Also it sports the East's best enduro The Mayhem Enduro. With this refreshed interest look each year for major trail improvements and features!

The trails are in great shape, ride good when muddy (maybe stay off Bumpy Hollow when wet). Get out and enjoy the Wilds!

Don't forget to check out the Wilds as well
http://www.thewilds.org/default.aspx

Recommended Route:
Download a map here http://www.bikeaoa.org/

Find the Enduro route here http://www.331racing.com/cms/event/mayhem/index.html



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
July 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Mike Flavin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am an avid rider of all of Ohio's rails-to-trails, State Parks, and Metro Parks and occasionally like to take my Trek Remedy 9.9 into the woods when the trails are dry. The Wilds was on my list of trails to ride so, since the weather was great today (07/09/2011) I headed from Columbus over east of Zanesville, and rode the trail. Having read the previous reviewers' comments I was really surprised by the overgrown condition of this trail. With a GPS in my Camelback and a freshly printed trail map in my pocket, I knew that I could navigate my way around. Without the map, I would have been lost for days. I started eastward out of the parking lot into Bumpy Hollow and up to High Wall. In the woods, the trail is easy to follow but there are alot of grassy and overgrown areas where you'll wonder if you're on the trail at all. Then, after a short distance, you'll spot some singletrack and feel better. The view down the cliff from High Wall is impressive, but I wouldn't suggest riding along the cliff as there isn't mich room for error. From there I rode the Green Trail over to the Field Loop and found that the Field Loop was a great and long single track ride through a very nice meadow. From there I rode down the Playa Trail, along the lake, and bailed out on Haul Road down to SR 146. While I was surprised by how overgrown the trail was compared to the others that I've ridden, I found that the lakes made it all worthwhile. American Electric Power surface mined this area for coal deposits and later reclaimed the land amazingly well. The lakes are only accessible to mountain bikers (and hikers) and are clean and beautiful. I just stood next to the pond on the south end of the Playa Trail and watched the fish jumping and swimming. Standing there makes you wonder if we're really allowed to be here. I plan to return in the Fall to ride the remainder of the trail and to photograph the ponds. Overall, (1) go on a sunny day, (2) bring a map, (3) prepare for ticks, and (4) enjoy being on pristine land.

Recommended Route:
As above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Hope



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
August 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: bcramlet23 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
rode this trail today (8/10/09) and they were awesome, well maintained and marked. Very easy to follow and a nice loop has orange markers. Great cliff views of a couple of small lakes. Very impressed. Thanks to the guys that are keeping trails like these up. More people should be taking advantage of these trails. I have rode lake hope and this one is right up there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Hope, drive about an hour south and hit up Mountwood Park outside of parkersburg.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
November 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: JPost ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has some nice sections but we got lost and never really found the loop so we just ended up doing the same sections and shooting video. There is a nice little drop off that I kept hitting and eventually took the perfect spill and broke my arm...

(I haven't been here since fall of 06)

Recommended Route:
Couldn't tell ya... we jsut went out and back, needs some better markers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
AEP aka Spiderville



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.
Reviews 1 - 5 (12 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

MTBR on Facebook