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Edwards Creek

 3.4 (7)

4.3 Miles 6.9 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

123' 38 m

Ascent

-121' -37 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

845' 258 m

High

803' 245 m

Low

Shared By james kazyak

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A great ride to practice technical skills.

james kazyak

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Family Friendly The beginner section is by far one of the more fun, kid-friendly trails in the area. Worth a trip with the family just to do a loop (or six).

Overview

This ride features lots of tight turns, switchbacks and very short but steep climbs in a couple of sections. There are tons of technical features in the intermediate and advanced sections. Part of the intermediate section takes you through some wetlands which have a lot of bridges, some of them narrow.

This one can be pretty muddy during spring thaw or after a heavy rain.

Need to Know

This trail is easily connected with Shearer Road via a 3-mile paved bike path. Allow some extra time to combine them for a longer ride. Edwards Creek is also connected with a city park that has baseball diamonds, the Danish Kingdom park for younger kids, and a frisbee golf course. If you have family members that don't ride, they'll have plenty to do while you're riding.

Description

Edwards Creek has three distinct sections including a beginner, intermediate and advanced loop. They are well-marked and appropriately rated.

The trail starts with the beginner loop which has enough features to make it a really fun loop, especially for kids. It's primarily wooded and rolling. If you were to continue with just this loop, it would be about 1.5 miles.

About half way through the loop, you have the option to follow on to the intermediate section which gets a little more rocky with some more roots. About one-half mile in, there appears to be a short closed section that had some bridges (in need of repair) over a marshy area.

The advanced section branches off not far after the intermediate turn-off and primarily features short ascents and descents with some tight turns and switchbacks. The climbs aren't long or hard but there's not room to gain any momentum. There's an ascent down some concrete slabs, a couple of log piles, and some rocks. Once you cross the creek again, you're back to the intermediate section. This takes you back to the wetland area with lots of narrow bridges that if you miss, might lose a shoe in the black mud.

After the lowland section, the trail takes you into a mature wooded area. There are some really fun features here for the advanced beginner or intermediate to practice technical skills often with low injury risk. There are some narrow bridges, a wide teeter-totter, and a steep bridge-crossing. They all have a 'go around' so you're not locked into anything. There are a couple of higher bridges that are wide and this is just a really fun section overall.

This will connect back into the beginner section and finish out the trail with a couple of short downhills, one dug under a low branch that looks deceivingly like you might bump your head.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Greenville

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Oct 13, 2017
Michael Manis
Jul 23, 2017
Nick Green
Okay trail, change of pace. Doesnt flow the best but I did have a good time
Apr 17, 2015
Dominic Wilbrink
Mud in the low spots. Fun trail.
Oct 23, 2014
Chuck Hutchens
0h 49m

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  3.4 from 7 votes

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Ride here more than anywhere else. Closest place to my home. Shear road trail is only ten to fifteen minute ride away via the flat river trail. Oct 6, 2013
Dominic Wilbrink
Emmaus, PA
Dominic Wilbrink   Emmaus, PA
Video Highlights of a recent ride here: youtu.be/zTnFh8incUM Apr 20, 2015
Gianfranco Molina
Grand Rapids, MI
Gianfranco Molina   Grand Rapids, MI
I truly believe this trail is misunderstood! It deserves more attention than what it gets... Have ridden it many times and it surprises me every time... Jun 24, 2017

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