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blue North/South Trail (North End)

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30.5 mile 49.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,157' 657 m
Descent: -1,979' -603 m
High: 678' 207 m
Low: 388' 118 m


Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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A long-distance singletrack trail from the North Welcome Station to Hwy 68.

Caleb Skinner

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Family Friendly Camping, fishing, hiking, biking.


This trail can be ridden in both directions. This map shows the trail starting on the north end and riding south, but maybe the more common route is the opposite. Many people, including myself, ride pieces of this trail from one of many of the road crossings. You'll cross a service road approximately every five miles, give or take. Make sure you always follow the "white diamond" markers or white blazes and you'll be on the right path.


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May 11, 2018
Jason Downs
Aug 26, 2017
Tony Vierra
Started at Jenny Ridge Picnic Area 6mi
Apr 10, 2016
Justin Theilman
Rode 13 miles heading north from campground
Apr 9, 2016
Justin Theilman
Rode 18 miles heading south

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  4.4 from 10 votes


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We started at the Golden Pond Visitor center and rode approximately 32 miles to the North Welcome Station. We then followed the East side of the Canal Loop to Woodlands Trace bridge. We exited the trail onto the Trace, crossed the canal bridge and rode to our hotel in Grand Rivers (only 1.3mi of road from trail to hotel) for a total of 41 mi. This resulted in a moving time of 4:30 and total of 5:42 with photo stops. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. There was one detour which used a mile or two of gravel road, but it was well marked too. I would not consider the trail difficult if only ridden a short distance. The length is what makes it difficult. The avg time listed on says 2 hours. That seems a bit low. 3.5~6hrs for the North/South Trail by itself would be more the AVERAGE range in my opinion. Overall, the trail was great if you like long distance remote trail. It was gravely terrain with some roots. A few climbs were steep, long, and rough, but most were good. We never had to walk our bikes. The hills only felt tough because of the long overall distance of the trail. There are many bridges that are well built. Maintenance of the whole trail was superb. No overgrowth and only a couple of trees across the trail. More bicycle traffic to push the loose rocks off would make this trail awesome. Sep 26, 2018

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