“Possibly the best trail system in the midwest, with plenty of challenges for everyone.”
— Drew Pace
The West Trail is original trail at Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park. It truly offers a great variety throughout the entire ride. You'll experience everything from short technical climbs, log rides, fast flowing descents, and smooth rollers. The trail is most commonly ridden Counter Clockwise, but can be ridden both directions, so if 6.7 miles isn't enough for you, head back out the other direction after your first loop and experience the trail in an entirely new way.
Family Friendly: Full disc golf course, pump track, skills area, and barn hang out area with nice grass are all great for the whole family.
Need to Know
This is a great trail system and even has a cell signal booster, wifi, bathrooms, and a bike washing station. Please be aware that in the colder months the water is shut off and the bathrooms are locked (to prevent freezing pipes is my guess). For updates on the trail conditions, try checking out their Facebook pages here:
The West Trail can be ridden in both directions, but is most commonly ridden counter clock-wise. You'll start out at the parking lot and head south out past the barn area. The first section of the trails heads downhill towards the James River. The closer you are to the river, the more dirt you get, but can often stay slightly muddy in the shade. You take a quick jaunt back into the woods where the trail becomes more gravel/rockier. This section of trail quickly kicks you back out by the river for an awesome view.
The next section of trail you come to is the bundle of switchbacks. There are a few technical sections on the switchbacks that can be challenging, but other than those its just mostly some climbing. The trail is mostly hard pack dirt and rock, but there are some patches of loose gravel here and there.
Once you get to the top of the switchbacks, you enter a section of trail that has many rollers. This is truly one of the most enjoyable sections on the trail. The section features nice smooth dirt and if you keep your speed up in the flat sections, you'll cruise through this section with a big smile on your face. From here, the ride is mostly flat with some uphill and downhill sections. The terrain remains mostly hard pack dirt and rocky and you experience riding through heavier woods and open grassy areas (during the summer the grass can get very tall so wear your bug spray).
You'll eventually wind your way around to the start of the Intermediate Downhill
trail. It is really hard to miss as you ride straight under the wooden roll-in at the start of the trail section. If you are feeling adventurous, you can ride this down and it will kick you out just about 200 yards from where you started by the barns. Otherwise, continue following the last mile or so of trail and it is mostly downhill from here. This last downhill section has a tendency to be a bit more gravely. This will dump you out right back at the parking lot.
History & Background
This trail system is owned and run by Trail Spring. Visit their website at Trailspring.org. Now get out their, ride the trails, volunteer, and "earn your dirt".