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Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail

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5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers



314' 96 m


-317' -97 m



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928' 283 m


891' 271 m


Shared By Tim Schacht


Bad / Closed 23 days ago
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A flat, rooty and fast singletrack that weaves through the woods.

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Located just 30 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio, Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail is great cross-country singletrack.

Need to Know

The trail typically needs a few days after raining to dry out. The Alum Creek Phase 2 Trail will typically dry out much faster than this trail so Phase 2 is always an alternative.

There is a small portion of road riding to connect back to the rest of the trail about 3/4 of the way through the trail.


The Alum Creek MTB Trail system is located in Delaware County, Ohio in Alum Creek State Park. The trail was built and is maintained by the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Association (COMBA). The trail system is located on the east side of Alum Creek Reservoir.

It's made up of two different phases. Phase 1 parking lot is located off of Lewis Center Road and has no bathroom facilities. The trail is about 6 miles long and is well marked, typically ridden counter-clockwise. The trail has some technical elements to it including large tree roots and ladder-bridge crossings. Phase 1 is an intermediate trail with nice flow, you can keep a good speed throughout the trail.

The trail runs next to a portion of the reservoir and has plenty of nice scenery. At about 3/4 or 5 miles into the trail (depending on direction) you have to ride next to a portion of Africa Rd. to connect with the rest of the trail. You're only on the road for about an 1/8 of a mile. Throughout riding at Alum Creek, you'll notice old roads and old house foundations from when the park service took over the land to make the reservoir. It adds a cool element to the trail to think back at how it looked when there were farms and houses in the area before the valley was flooded.

Across Lewis Center Rd. from the Phase 1 parking lot is a Beginner trail. See Alum Creek Beginner Loop Trail for more info.


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Michael Zbawiony
Dublin, OH
Michael Zbawiony   Dublin, OH
Little flow to this trail. Very slow. Few high speed sections and poor layout that rarely allows you to maintain any momentum. So many roots that you’re coasting a lot more than pedaling. I could run this trail nearly as fast. At least it’s a mtb trail I’m Cbus. Jul 18, 2018
Cody Brooks
Columbus, OH
Cody Brooks   Columbus, OH
I was on Phase II (TWO) Sunday Aug 19 and my Garmin computer broke/fell off within the first 2-3 miles. This was the day Giant/Roll, etc. had demos in the parking lot. My Garmin is orange and grey--must be somewhere on/near the trail. If anyone has it or picks it up I would appreciate arranging to get it back. Thanks! Cody Aug 21, 2018
Rob Carselle
Lewis Center, OH
Rob Carselle   Lewis Center, OH
Been riding this trail for many years and COMBO continues to refine, tune and work to make this gem so much better. Still needs some help to dry after wet weather but otherwise this is sooooo good for a flat land Ohio trail. The trail around the lake offers some good vistas through the trees that seem to remind you to keep your head up … good log overs and clearly a root field for most of the ride. I would agree that it is not as flowy as something in the hills, but a great 6 mile loop that we are sooooooooo lucky to have in Central Ohio. Thanks Alum Creek and THANKS!!! to COMBO for this gem, the new Gnomewood and also Phase 2. Peace. Oct 11, 2018

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