This ride uses the new trails that were recently completed and some existing sections of the old Indian Turnip Trail
in Deep Creek Lake State Park. The new trail sections were built by the International Mountain Bike Association.
They are mostly singletrack with great flow and a mix of technical rock gardens, smooth meadow sections, fantastic downhill sections and great mountain scenery. Riding the loop clockwise is how most riders enjoy it.
The ride begins at the State Park HQ with a nice little warm-up down State Park Road to the trailhead (on the right). There are several ways to access the trail and ride it. Check at the State Park HQ for up-to-date maps.
If ridden as shown, the ride is a gradual climb to the top of the mountain starting on Beckman's Trail
and turning left onto Indian Turnip Trail
after 1.7 miles. Continuing upward, this trail brings some difficult sections. This section is definitely a good cardio climb with challenging rock gardens in a few spots.
The trail eventually levels off at the top and winds through a beautiful fern meadow forest before meandering over the top through a forested area with great flow and some great sections and a few rock gardens.
After cruising over the top of the mountain and just after crossing the Meadow Mountain Trail
for the last time, the trail begins its descent back to the bottom. Enjoy the great flow but watch for some sharp switchbacks!
After reaching the bottom, there are some very technical rock gardens to navigate through. You eventually have the option of dumping off at the State Park HQ or riding back up and tying into the loop again and re-tracing some of the trail that was ridden as a part of the climb.
The trail is also great for hiking and is pet-friendly. Don't forget your helmet, and enjoy the ride !