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“Ames Nowell is a 600+ acre state park with miles of singletrack.
— William D
Mostly singletrack with rocks, roots, and rollers. Ames offers rides for the beginning to intermediate rider. While rides starting from the main parking lot offer smooth fire road and transition to singletrack, the Chestnut Street side of the park offers a lot more.
Need to Know
Parking on Chestnut Street allows for greater access to singletrack routes. Parking in the main lot can be a little crowded.
Starting out at the Chestnut Street fire road access point, I typically head east towards the power lines. This will bring you to either the Witch Trail or Tobin's Ridge Loop. After exiting Tobin's Ridge Loop, you'll be back on the fire road.
Following the fire road south, there will be a trail on the right that will push west parallel to the pond. This one of the few really good downhill sections of the park. Immediately after the hill, you'll hit a series of bridges and will loop around into the west side of the park. Here you'll find a series of rollers and will be very busy on your bike. Keep on this trail until you loop around back to fire road. Continue on this side of the park as there are a lot of trails to stay busy.
Starting from the main parking lot is better since this is the official parking lot and there is no parking fee. The trails have a tendency to remain wet after rain with some very wet areas. As of 05/2018, the singletrack trails are in need of TLC at risk of vegetation overgrowth. The tracks are very slow due to their technical nature, rocks, rocks and more rocks. It's a maze of very short, intertwined sections of trails impossible to navigate without a map. Don't forget your bug spray!