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Tomlinson Run Trails

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Many trails here. Once you ride them you will find that they make a 10 mile loop. Not quite the Rockies, but a damn cool ride. Good uphills and nice technical descents.
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Latitude
40.5394059640713
Longitude
-80.57278633117676
Trail Directions
Take Route 30 west from the Parkway for 24 miles, turn left onto state route 8 just 2 miles past the state line. Follow state route 8 for 5 miles and then turn right into Tomilson run state park. Take the first right and park. From the parking lot down the main road trailheads to right and left.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pittsburgh
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 3, 2010

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: jeffw-13 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I took a ride down there this morning based on the great reviews. I followed the recommended route on the spokejunkies site and had a map in my pocket. So ummm, yeah, I spent most of the time on the paved roads trying to find trails & when I did I was pretty unimpressed. Much of it was unrideable and what I did ride was pretty meh.

Don't waste your time. Go to Bavington.

Recommended Route:
Put your bike back on the rack, leave the park & head north on rt 8. Go east on 30 to 168 south to 18 south then left on Steubenville Pike. Look for the Hillman State Park entrance (Haul Road) on the left. Park at the Y (you'll know it when you see it) & ride the trail that goes up the hill.



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Review Date
September 12, 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: Seeves ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I think Tomilson Run is the greatest place for a newbie. It has some great veiws and fun riding. I live only 15min away and ride these trails every sunday. All the trails out there are fun with some exceptions.

Poe's Trail - Not very long, but very fast and fun. Mostly down hill with alot of roots and a couple technical sections, but generally good for any beginner. A great place to start and get a taste of what the day will bring.

Big Foot - All of big foot is fun with a few technical sections. The top half of this trail is alot like poe's, the bottom half brings you beside the lake. This trail would be good for intermediate riders because of the fact that in a couple spots there are some pretty steep drop-offs right into the lake.

Maple Trail - Maple is my favorite trail in the park. If you start at the trail head behind the restrooms by the lake the trail starts out with a leg burning, heart pumping hill that will make you wonder why you're doing this. But the climb is well worth it. At the top of the hill there is a short flat ride on the edge of a cliff that drops to the road followed by another short incline. After the second incline you're rewarded by a nice descent with technical switch backs and speed. Then you enter a power line cut and cross the hollow to a short gentle climb to the last fast descent to the highway.

Laurel Trail - I road laurel trail for the first time last week and wasn't really all that impressed, but there maybe some technical riders that will live it. There are alot of hike-a-bike sections here. The top half of laurel is nice and takes you to white oak. The bottom half of Laurel to me is not even worth riding, but technical riders will shine here. But watch for steep drop-offs and extremely tight paths.

White Oak Trail - If you're going to ride laurel trail it's definitly worth riding out the little out'n'back known as white oak. This is some nice tight single track that's extremely fun, but there's two hike-a-bike sections because of trees down and at one point, almost the end, a tree has now covered the trail and as of now there is no way to get around it. Then you turn around and head back to where laurel and white oak meet. From there the technical riders can go down the hill to the bottom half of laurel or others can shoot right out the top half of laurel from which they came.

Recommended Route:
Beech Trail - Is fun, but there are alot of trees down right now. Beech has a great down hill and creek crossing, but after that it's just humpin' uphill and carrying over trees. Fern - Fern Trail is another one of my favorites. It's not too technical, but there's some good climbs followed by descents. The best part about fern trail is for most of the ride you're on the edge of a cliff that drops forty feet or so straight down to the highway. This one will get the adrenaline going. This is the recommended route - I take Poe's -> Bigfoot -> Maple -> Top half of Laurel and back out -> Down the descent of Beech and back up -> Fern -> back out the road to the entrance of the park and hit the memorial trail. It isn't marked until you get to the bottom of the hill. This takes you to mineral springs picnic area. It's a great place to finish off the ride with some lunch.



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Review Date
July 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Raiderjakk , from Madison, OH

Summary:
This place rocks - and only two hours from Cleveland to boot! The best review for this trail can be found at www.spokejunkies.com. I did the trail after reading this and was not disappointed in the least. For those of you riding from Northeast Ohio, it is a combination of the roughness of Hardy Road, some of the technical riding at Vulture's Knob, and the beauty of Beaver Creek. Each trail has its own personality and its own mastery to it. Most of it was dry. Each trail has its own mix of features, including but not limited to; roots, rocks, trees, hills, offcambers, wooptydoos, long descents, quick descents, switchbacks, cliffside runs, and stream crossings to boot. Most of the trails are two or three miles in length and hook up to some main road, so you can do things Marin style and roadride back to the good stuff if you like. Not too advanced, but if you fall asleep at the grips, you will get hurt. And yes, most of it is 99% singletrack, a little fire road. Pristine. Virgin. Wonderful. This place reminds you of why you started riding in the first place. You simply have to check it out - it ain't Snowshoe or Tsali, but its a great place to ride for a day or two, and to come back to often. Hell, they have a swimming area and miniature gold, too. How can you go wrong?

Recommended Route:
See the guy below... he did the whole friggin' thing. I couldn't camp there so I had to drive in to ride this place. : )

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beaver Creek - OH.



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Review Date
March 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: PETE ARNER , from CHESTER, WV.

Summary:
I've ridden all over WV. and I still think that all
though not the biggest, some of the best kept sectrets
in WV.

Recommended Route:
poe to big foot to maple to laurel to white oak back up
white oak and laurel to bridal to dyanamite shack to
fern to mineral springs to parking lot. find a local.



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