Camp Tuscazoar MTB Trail

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5.6 Miles 9.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

849' 259 m

Ascent

-854' -260 m

Descent

1,203' 367 m

High

922' 281 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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A mix of great elevation and technical riding.

Kenny Kocarek

Overview

Please make sure to sign in and sign out at the board at the main parking lot.
This trail was a favorite for MTB'ers in the 90's and slowly fell off the radar. The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation has given permission to allow local volunteers to resurrect the trail and to turn it from an "old-school", straight up and down trail to a more sustainable, flowy trail with great technical features.

This trail has a unique personality and mix of riding that will test you physically, but reward you with some of the best views in the state. You'll earn the sense of accomplishment you'll feel for finishing your ride.

Need To Know

Start from the parking lot behind the museum on the Pioneer Point Trail follow the signs and it will take you in the direction of the recommended loop. This loop minimizes the climbing as much as possible and allows you to hit all of trails, new and old. Be aware - this is a multi-directional trail and is shared with hikers, so please use caution as you ride.

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Directions for the "preferred loop." This route is the least elevation and the most direct route. The trail is bi-directional and is shared with hikers, so please exercise caution. Follow the small white arrow markers throughout the trail for the preferred route.

Start at the main camp parking lot, sign in and start the trail behind the museum. Enter the trail onto the Yellow Pioneer Point trail.

Pioneer Point is a scenic over look of the Tuscarawas Valley. After enjoying the view, continue downhill and veer left onto the Pipestone Trail. This trail climbs uphill with some tight switchbacks and ends at the "Troop 5" log cabin. Follow the gravel road straight and stay at the bottom of the hill. Here you'll come upon the Camp's maple syrup harvesting containers, veer right around the tanks and start the trail back uphill, follow until you reach doubletrack. Take this doubletrack about 100 yards until the pipestone trail singletrack continues to your right.

The remainder of Pipestone follows the ridge line and drops down onto the Zoar Valley trail. Follow Zoar Valley trail about .5 miles and you'll see a clay access road going up to the left. When this steep climb levels out (about .10 of a mile) the singletrack starts back up on your right on the Roost Trail. This is a technical trail section with some climbing that leads to Buzzard's Roost. The Roost Trail is a rock formation with the prize view of your ride!

180 degrees from the Roost Trail you'll see markers for the Iron Mine trail. Follow these markers to the East, they lead to a steep downhill into the valley and take you to the Camp's historic Icky's Trail.

Follow Icky's Trail up and over the valley to camp's parking lot. Make sure you save some energy for the gravel grind back up to the parking lot. If you see the "Shoulder Work Ahead" sign, you're on the the right track. Now head out for another lap!

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The initial yellow trail wasn't visible from the road and probably needs the grass trimmed to locate it easier. (My first time here.) It was also t... 6.8mi

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Is it bragging to say that I have strong legs and well-defined biceps? That my resting heart rate is low and so is my cholesterol? Biking is a great way to stay in shape. It provides a combination of high and medium to low intensity cardio workouts, allows you to build muscle, and works your core and arms too. For me at least, biking is a total-body workout. Best Mountain Bike Under : $500 http://empiremountainbikes.com/ Sep 28, 2015


I am really glad to see we have some advocacy groups making and mantaining local trails near New Philadelphia. We used to Mountain Bike here in the 90's and dreamed this would happen. IMBA member from Trail Spinners chapter. We are getting ready to go hit the ROOST. Oct 30, 2015


May 23rd 2016... first ride this year for me... only my 3rd MTB attempt after Westbranch and Mohican last year. It was a challenge. Not for beginner or entry level MTB. I mean, it's passable but not as enjoyable. I'll take it as practice and will come back to see if I improve later on this year riding other trails. The trail needs some work. There are a couple questionable areas where you aren't sure where to go. I actually somehow got turned around and started going back the wrong way around 2.5 miles in. Yes, most of it is clearly marked, but there's just a couple spots that should be marked more clearly. Around mile 5 finishing off the 'easy' route there's a tree branch very large that covers the trail. Must dismount and walk around it. It's not a log.. like half the tree with branches and leaves are completely covering the trail. Other than that... it is an Ohio trail pretty similar to Mohican or Westbranch; just another on the list. It's going to be muddy in spots unless we actually see some dry weather for longer periods of time. That's pretty much expected on any Ohio trail from my minimal experience. That is all! Took me 1.5 hours with my mistakes and a quick stop at the Roost's Nest. May 23, 2016


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