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Cacapon Big Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (11)

A fun loop that includes both the new trails and the classic Central Trail.


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16.5

Miles

26.5

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,620' 494 m

High

898' 274 m

Low

1,641' 500 m

Up

1,639' 499 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a great loop that starts and finishes at the bottom by the swimming lake. Being a state park, there is no hunting allowed, so fall riding is perfectly okay. The new trail sections are more flowing, while the classic Central Trail mixes in some more technical rock riding.

Need to Know

Please do not ride the Ziler Trail that goes straight down the center of the mountain. It is closed to mountain bikes. Also, avoid the packed gravel Cross Country Running Trails.

Description

Start at the bottom at a trailhead that is just past the bathrooms and Campfire Circle. In wet weather, the lower section of this trail can get a bit muddy. Ride up the new trail, Start Me Up and follow until it intersects with Get Down , Turn right and continue on Start Me Up until you reach the intersection with Boy Scout just after you cross the paved road. Follow the easy-climbing Boy Scout trail until it dead ends on Get Down. Turn right on Get Down and continue uphill until it intersects with Giddy-Up Trail.

Turn right and enjoy a fun downhill to the Batt Picnic Area. Go across the parking lot and follow the signs to Central Trail. It is a small uphill climb and then turn right on lower Central Trail. Take this trail as it flows across the mountain, and then takes a fast downhill that ends in a technical rock garden with many lines through it. This rock garden and parts of Central can also be a bit muddy in the wet season.

After the rock garden and a creek crossing, cross the paved road and go straight across and uphill following the signs for Central Trail. At the top of the hill, turn right and follow the trail downhill until you see the packed gravel cross country running trail. Turn left and follow Central Trail around the lake. Continue on the rerouted Central Trail and follow across the bridge and when you get to the paved road, turn left and go uphill. If you want a truly challenging climb, however, continue across the road to Central Trail as it climbs the steep hill and then descends. It is steep, it is rocky, and really fun if you like that sort of thing! Otherwise, for mere mortals, turn left up the paved road for a short climb. At the first gravel road with a gate, turn right and follow uphill and look for Central Trail on the left. Follow this a very short distance and turn left again on Ziler & Central Trail.

Follow this extremely fun, classic singletrack trail all the way back across the mountain until you get to its endContinue on Central Extension on 2 fun descents until it dead ends onto Boy Scout. Turn right and follow Boy Scout to where it ends on Get Down . You have been here before! This time, turn left on Get Down and get ready to get down! This trail is getting better and better as a fun downhill run back to the stream. The first downhill is just after you cross the gravel road. We are continuing to adjust and improve the flow and will eventually add berms for banked turns here! After the descent, pedal a little uphill and then turn in loose again for a second downhill run. There is a punchy, short climb at the end where the trail intersects Start Me Up , but it is not that bad. Turn right on Start Me Up and continue back to the bottom on Start Me Up

History & Background

Located near Berkeley Springs with lots of George Washington stuff... he used to soak here!

Contacts

Shared By:

Mark Hoyle

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  3.5 from 11 votes

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Photos

Bridge over South Form Indian Run built by volunteers.
Oct 19, 2020 near Berkele…, WV
Fun wood feature on Rock & Roll.
Oct 19, 2020 near Berkele…, WV
Rocky area of Lower Thunderstruck climb.
Jun 8, 2022 near Berkele…, WV
Boy Scouts working with bike and trail running group putting in the work for a great trail!
Sep 23, 2018 near Berkele…, WV
Cruising down Get-On-Up.
Sep 23, 2018 near Berkele…, WV
Bif S turn berms on Lower Thunderstruck.
Jun 10, 2022 near Berkele…, WV

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Oct 20, 2021
Charles Ledney
14.5mi
Jun 26, 2021
Lane Blumenfeld
May 15, 2021
Ryan J
10.7mi — 2h 26m
Nov 17, 2019
Alexander Jonathan
first trail was clear but higher, less traveled trails had a good amount of leaf coverage 9mi
Aug 17, 2019
Hiking Viking
Rocky! Pedal strikes! Technical! Poorly marked! Some sections were way out of my skill level (beginner/intermediate) riding my F29II hardtail. 10.3mi — 2h 28m
Jun 11, 2019
JJ McPherson
May 24, 2019
Billy Candela
9.9mi — 1h 37m
May 22, 2019
Sam Jensen
Climb to get to the ridge top trail is absolutely brutal. 11.1mi — 2h 10m