This ride has a little something for everyone. Scenery and wildlife along the creeks, fast and fun berms, oak savannahs, and prairie sections. Everything from flat tight twisty trails, berms and rollers, fast and flowy sections, to sketchy rock sections. It is all singletrack with some great views and feels like you are deep in the woods, though you are never far from the gravel connector trail. A quick exit is easily accessible if needed for a mechanical or other emergency.
Family Friendly: 3 Park shelters with picnic areas, beginner and kids area trails, playgrounds.
The trail is very well signed and mapped. Each trail sign has an emergency code. Use this code with 911 if you are in an emergency and they will know exactly where you are and how they can best get to you.
The trail along the creek meets up with the gravel trail, crosses a bridge (twice) and then you restart on singletrack on the other side. Trail crosses at the Rockdale Roundabout. Follow the signs and map and you'll be right on track.
The only trail in the Midwest with a beer at both ends! Starts at CamRock Sport in Cambridge. Great sandwiches, over 100 beers, and a nice bike shop & mechanic. At the south end of the trail is the Rockdale Bar and Grill. A great place to stop if you are in need of a refreshment, or deep-fried snack during your ride.
This route is the most popular ride for weekly rides and club rides. It starts in the Village of Cambridge at the popular gathering spot, CamRock Sport. It's a bike shop with great sandwiches, 100+ beers, and a great vibe. Hard to beat.
The ride starts with a great warm-up section. First is about 50 yards on limestone trail before ducking into the woods along the CamRock creekside trails: White River, Beaver Hole, Fat Tracks
For the next 1.5 miles you'll twist and wind along the Koshkonong Creek. You never knew 7' of elevation change could be so much fun. There are lots of quick twisty sections, and a couple of fun obstacles if you keep your eyes open. Along the way, you'll enjoy some beautiful scenery and wildlife. Listen for the slap of beaver tails! Twice the trail dumps back onto the limestone, but just cross the bridge over the creek and join right back up on the singletrack. It is well marked.
Next up are the Prairie Connector trails. The fun really gets going here. You'll fly over some rollers through the prairie get you started and then onto more vertical terrain. There is an easy option to skip Rip 'N Ride, but you'll notice that the path is mostly overgrown with grass. That's because this section is too fun to skip. The locals never do. For the real fun let 'er Rip and Ride it out! It has air, step-downs, and berms through a big 'ol gully that is a blast. Or just take it a little slower and the technical level is down to intermediate riding and the fun is still there to be had. Check out the beautiful prairie plants and flowers during the summer season.
Next up on this route are the wooded sections of Turn It Up, StoneFly, Wood Chuck, Corkscrew, and Rattlesnake. These are all beautiful old-growth Oak forested areas, and the original sections of CamRock Trail. As such there is a lot of up and down here. The trail has been improved to make it sustainable, while keeping that "old school" feel to it. No rolling flow trail here. It also has the more technical sections of the trail. Mainly because these sections go through old rock quarries that leave a rocky and sometimes loose tread. This can be intimidating for more beginning riders.
Once you hit the CamRock III parking area, you are 2/3 of the way through the ride. Check out the views down the valley from the top of the hill. You have three fun options down this hill. The easiest is shown here. Gettin' Started is the easier, but still fun, way to get down. Beer Run is the locals favorite for the tight, steep, berms. Flying will get you some quick jumps on a downhill bomb.
The next sections will take you back through the meadows and prairies that CamRock is known for. At times of the year the prairie plants in bloom are simply amazing. They can tower over your head. You'll find some quick punchy climbs, and some berms on the downhills for added flavor. These trails are made to fly!
Once back in the woods you'll find a couple of options. Shown here is the Expert Outback section. The trail is intermediate. The obstacles are Expert. Again a popular ride. Try your skill and test your mettle here. Lots of log rides, bridges, berms, step-ups, and even a huge tree/log ride called Big Woody that is over four feet off the ground. That will keep your attention! But don't fret, all of the more technical features have ride-around options. Or stick to IMBA Influence and Veritas for the easier paths.
The remaining section is returning on the Connector trails along the creekside. This should be a great cool-down section. But often the thoughts of a nice cold beverage waiting back at CamRock Sport means that is a fast rip along the creek to finish the ride!
This area was dammed and cleared bare of trees in the 1800's for building the local Village of Rockdale. The Rockdale Mill Pond was drained in 1998 and the creek was free to flow for the first time since 1837. Take some time to view the beautiful old Oak trees, part of an Oak Savannah. Also stop and view the restored prairies and all of the beautiful flowers in the mid to late summer. Notice the rocky sections of trail where quarries were dug out to make bricks for local homes and businesses in the early to late 1800's, including the Rockdale Brick Company. The old brewery (now a home) on the south edge of Rockdale along B, is the perfect example of this brickwork. The brewery also used the Beer Cave for lagering their beer. Look for the cave, in dire need of restoration, along the Beer Cave trail.