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Beaver Creek East Side Ride

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A ride on all the trails on the east side of Beaver Creek State Park.


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9.5

Miles

15.3

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,051' 320 m

High

768' 234 m

Low

820' 250 m

Up

820' 250 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Overview

A ride on all the trails on the east side of Beaver Creek State Park.

This includes the fun Upper Vondergreen Trail, the long Vondergreen Trail, and the flat, sometimes muddy, Fisherman's Trail.

Description

Park in the Pioneer Village Parking, the Hambleton's Mill Parking, or the Sprucevale Road Parking to start this ride. This description below outlines the route taken from the Pioneer Village Parking.

Leaving the Pioneer Village Parking, head north on Echo Dell Road, crossing over the old steel bridge. The Upper Vondergreen Trail begins on the right, about 50 yards up Echo Dell Road from the bridge.

The Upper Vondergreen Trail starts out with a rocky climb. After reaching the top, the trail crosses a large steel culvert, turns right onto a flat section, and then turns right again.

From here, you descend on fast, yet not especially steep, trail. Toward the bottom, the trail combines with a horse trail for a distance, then connects with the Vondergreen Trail.

The Vondergreen Trail follows the creek to one of the Sandy Beaver locks. From the lock, the trail has a short, rocky climb and then leads away from the creek. This section is relatively flat. After crossing a very small stream, the trail reaches the edge of Beaver Creek, following an old tow path until it reaches the next lock. From this point, the trail climbs out of the valley. It starts with two sets of wood steps and then a small amount of very steep hike-a-bike sections with very tight switchbacks. The trail becomes rideable again after the switchbacks.

The Vondergreen Trail continues to climb up to the top of the ridge and flows up and down for a while. It eventually starts heading back downhill, turns to the left away from the ridge, while becoming steep and rocky. At the bottom of the rocky section, you'll pass the remains of an old saw mill and cross over a horse trail and return to Beaver Creek at Gretchen's lock. From here, the trail turns left and follows the creek to the Sprucevale Road parking lot.

The Fisherman's Trail is located on the east side of Sprucevale Road and is a short out-and-back trail that follows the north bank of the Beaver Creek. The terrain is generally flat and can get muddy dependent upon season and rainfall.

If you're getting tired, remove the Fisherman's Trail and the paved road past the Hambleton's Mill Parking to remove approximately 2.5 miles from this ride. This leaves about 7 miles for the out-and-back Upper Vondergreen Trail and Vondergreen Trail.

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Shared By:

Scott Danish

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Lower section of Dogwood Trail along the creek.  This is very near the one trailhead down along Beaver Creek.  Many people hike/bike this section since it is so close to the creek and road.
Feb 7, 2016 near Glenmoor, OH
Along the beginning of Lower Vondergreen trail along Beaver Creek.
Feb 7, 2016 near Glenmoor, OH

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