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Poland Municipal Forest Ride

Intermediate
 3.1 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great ride through the vast majority of the flat yet fun twisty trails in Poland Municipal Forest.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,044' 318 m

High

1,012' 308 m

Low

123' 37 m

Up

123' 37 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Family Friendly Relatively flat minimally technical singletrack that's great for beginners, with some gravel doubletrack for the real beginners.

Overview

On the whole, this ride is very flat in nature, which means you are pedaling the entire time with no rest. This makes Poland Municipal Forest different than other areas where climbing/descending is more the norm.

Please ride only on official trails with blue blazes shown on the Forest maps. Maps are available at entrance kiosks and at Poland Village Hall.

Need to Know

Look for the following bridge crossings:
  • Suspension bridge crossing at mile 0.1
  • Bridge crossing at mile 1.2
  • Creek crossing at mile 1.8
  • Upward ramped wooden bridge at mile 2.7
  • Narrow step up railroad ties over swamp at mile 4.3
  • Suspension bridge crossing at mile 4.7
  • Bridge crossing at mile 6.2
  • Bridge crossing at mile 6.6

Description

This ride leaves the Gutknecht Entrance and turns right on the Thacher Trail. Head left across the green suspension bridge and turn left on the Bluebell Trail

Find the Tornado Trail entrance to the left and follow it until it comes out on the Butler Trail. Turn left onto the Beaver Dam Trail until you cross over the wooden bridge with rope sides. Make a hard right onto Drake's Run Trail then after a few log overs, hang a right onto Shipsky's Trail.

Cross over the Lower McKinley Trail onto East Shipsky's Trail which tees into the West Beechwood Trail. Turn right and cross Randy's Run Creek on foot and continue on the East Beechwood Trail which crosses over the Lower McKinley Trail and ends back into the Butler Trail again where you turn right.

Continue on the Butler Trail until you turn left onto the North Pine Trail which continues into the Tulip Tree Trail. Turn left and go down the hill towards the beginning of the upward ramped wooden bridge that leads you next to the Zedaker Pavillion and onto the Manor Trail North. Continue out and back on the Manor Trail North until you meet again with the Butler Trail. Go over the wide cement bridge on the Butler Trail and turn left onto the Red Trail.

Continue on the Butler Trail and cross over the green suspension bridge and turn left on the Thacher Trail and immediately left onto the Stinging Nettle Pass. Then turn left onto the Thacher Trail and take it all the way to the Weaver Entrance, then turn right on to the Manor Trail South which ends back on the Thacher Trail. Continue south on Thacher Trail and turn right onto the Shelter House Trail then turn right again onto the Edgewood Oval Trail then back onto the Shelter House Trail and end back at the Gutknecht Entrance Parking.

History & Background

There are lots of bridges and boards over wet areas in the park that were put there in the past by local boy scout troops. This makes the area quite unique.

Contacts

Shared By:

Scott Danish

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  3.1 from 10 votes

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Photos

Bridge on the Beaver Damn Trail in Poland Municipal Forest.
Feb 4, 2016 near Poland, OH
Poland Woods Tornado Trail boards.
Feb 4, 2016 near Poland, OH
Poland Woods Big Willow Trail swamp boards.
Feb 4, 2016 near Poland, OH
Bmx on the trails
Sep 14, 2018 near Poland, OH
Bluebell Trail sign.
Jan 22, 2016 near Poland, OH

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