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Hillman State Park

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Miles of awesome trails, but you can only ride here on Sunday during hunting season.

There are trails here for all levels. You will experience some of the best riding in the area If you've never been here before I recommend taking a compass or GPS.
The park is huge and it would be easy to get lost, but you can usually find a road.

Go prepared. At least a pump, spare tube, tire levers and a patch kit.
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Latitude
40.445901967406265
Longitude
-80.40756225585938
Trail Directions
Follow 22/30 away from Pittsburgh. Get off at the Bavington exit.
Trail Length
40+miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Bavington
Country
US
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Review Date
November 4, 2013

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: Louise Lukan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am a horseback rider. I was there yesterday 11/3/13. My horse was attacked by someones dog! They were with a bunch of other cyclist. There were 2 dogs, both not on a leash. One keep lunging at my horses face and wouldn't listen to the owner. Didn't realize it until after my horses lip had scratches and a chunk taken out of his lower lip. Someone knows who owns these dogs. Please tell them if they cant control their dog to leave it home. If I'm out there and I see this dog loose and still uncontrolled, it will be the owners fault as to what happens to that dog.



Comments
NLavalla (11/15/2013)
I am very sorry to hear about your issue. I am surprised to hear that someone had dogs that were crazy enough to attack a horse. If that is the case I don't know how friendly those dogs would be to anyone/anything else. I can assure you that the majority of bikers and dog owners would be much more responsible and polite to the horseback riders. We all have to share the trails and be kind to each other if we all want to continue using them.
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Review Date
March 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: NLavalla ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I grew up riding these trails and though I moved to the city I still try to ride here every weekend. I have ridden most of the trails in the Pgh area and I still hold this place as my favorite. Great trails kept in pretty good condition. Very fast and windy. You can spend 2+ hours here and not ride the same trail twice. The trails dry out nice after rain. I will post a map of the old 9 mile MOM race track on here soon.



Comments
NLavalla (11/15/2013)
So there have been people re-building the trail system here and it is fantastic! There are no more issues of overgrowth and poor maintenance. The trail system will be expanded in the near future as well. If you are there on a Sunday and see people working out in the woods please tell them thanks, Also if you can spare some time to help it will be greatly appreciated by everyone.
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Review Date
March 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jake ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I can't believe old Bavington hasn't racked up more reviews here! These trails are very well made and technical. Sometimes you feel like they just won't give you a break, but most of the time you find yourself moving really fast.

Mid summer the overgrowth can get pretty rough, unpassable where thorns are in the mix. And then of course Sundays only during hunting season. But if you get to know these trails you have one of the best rides in SW PA at your disposal. Unlike some of the less remote trail networks, you don't find yourself at intersections every .3 miles wondering which way to go. There's a great map available - maybe look on PORC to find it and don't be afraid to come out on a trail work day to clear those aforementioned thorns.

A few falls ago I put together a 33 mile ride without touching the same trail twice. Like the description says, 40 miles of trails.. all made for MTB.

Recommended Route:
The Haul Rd trail head will take you into the Month of Mud TT course (R.I.P) which is pretty well clear all year. Keep going straight, and when you get to a road (that the trail doesn't continue exactly across the street on) ride a short ways up or down the road to find the next trail. Look for old arrows painted on the ground (R.I.P. again MoM.) The Figure 8 trailhead off Knowlton Hill Rd, or the RC airport trailheads are good in spring and fall, but the less traveled trails can get overgrown in the summer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Park, South Park, Hartwood Acres, Settlers Cabin Park (15 years ago maybe) and Frick.



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Review Date
April 18, 2005

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: nelsonpsu ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
there are two main trailheads, one by the RC airport (many miles of trails-hours) and the figure 8 trailhead (6 miles?-45 min). I always hit up the figure 8 trail because its fun to go fast on then come back on the fireroad. Roots, pine needles, short downhills and uphills. The other trail can get technical riding switchbacks and on the edge of cliffs. People DO HUNT HERE. Wear Orange in hunting season! Ive seen horses on the Fire Roads -Advice: GO FAST

Recommended Route:
turn right on the State Game Lands road across from the KNOWLTON building. Go down untill you see the No Motor Vehicles sign and go up the fireroad untill you get to the end. The figure 8 singletrack is off to the right(before the fireroad on the right) The fireroad boarders this trail. The other trail is down the road past the KNOWLTON building on the right. go down the BAD road and make a right into the parkinglot. The trailhead is off to the left of the lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyce-PA, Duff-PA, Coopers Rock-WV, Vultures knob -OH, Beans BikePark -OH, Mohican-OH, heartwood-PA,Zanesville(The Wilds?)-OH



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Review Date
August 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bacolmm ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I’ve only ridden here once, but this place is great! Unlike most of the other places to ride in PGH, Hillman Park / Bavington State Gamelands is HUGE. Bring your GPS if you have one, I could see how you could get lost pretty easily. The other thing that sets this place apart is that it’s a pine forest. Pine needle covered singletrack is very, very fun! There’s some fast, wider singletrack where you can get some use out of your big ring and there’s some tight stuff where your bar ends will be flirting with the trees. I talked to some guys that ride there regularly and they said that in places the pine trees are so dense that you can ride there in the rain and not even know it’s raining. Everything I rode had good “flow’ to it and I did lots of pedaling and very little walking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Park, Hartwood Acres, Settlers Cabin, Boyce Park. Get more info. here http://home.comcast.net/~s.farrar/



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