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Cacapon State Park Big Loop

 3 votes

10.4 Miles 16.8 Kilometers



1,760' 536 m


-1,760' -536 m


2,317' 706 m


1,082' 330 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (16°)



A long loop around the park that goes all the way to the ridge- Now including the new trail down: Giddy-Up!

Mark Hoyle


This is a great loop that can be ridden any month of the year. Being a state park, there is no hunting allowed, so fall riding is perfectly okay. It is a great workout climb with some rocky, technical sections oadded in
Dogs: Leashed

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.


The best place to access this ride is from the Batt Picnic Area parking lot. If the gate is closed, you can park at the bottom parking area and ride up past the gate (NOTE: The Park is moving the gate to just past the Batt Picnic Area in the near future)

From the Batt Picnic Area, ride up the road (starts paved, then turns to gravel) to the top. It is about 1,000 feet up... a grind, but worth it!. Stop at the overlook, and soak in the views.

From there, continue north on the trail that continues past the gate blocking the road. The trail here is a nice doubletrack, grassy road. Great trail to take kids on. This is the beginning of a 12-mile, ridge-top trail that goes to Prospect Rock. You'll turn off to the right well before that though at about a mile. The trail is well worn, but if cruising along, can be missed. Currently the entrance is marked with pink ribbons and a rock carin. It will be blazed this spring. It is the first obvious turn off to the right. If you get to the Ziler Trail, turn around, you went too far!

At the intersection, turn RIGHT onto the newly re-opened Giddy-Up Trail. You are now on sweet singletrack that goes downhill fast. There are no rocks on the downhill really, so have fun! There are some "A lines" to try with some nice jumps.

When you get to the bottom of the Giddy-Up Trail , follow the signs straight on to the Ziler & Central Trail. Take this uphill and turn right onto the Central Trail.

Follow Central Trail until you cross the paved road after some very rocky sections. After crossing the road, continue straight on Central and follow past the lake until it again crosses the road. If you want a challenging, technical climb, continue on Central Trail. If you want an easier bypass, take the road up the the cabin area to re-access the trails. If taking Central, continue till you cross a gravel road and come to an intersection with Ziler & Central Trail and turn left. Follow this trail till it ends at the South Side of the Ziler Loop Trail and turn left. Follow downhill to the parking lot.

History & Background

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


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Sep 9, 2017
Jake Bish
11mi — 3h 00m
Jun 2, 2017
Michael Ferris
Feb 24, 2017
jeff taylor
Trails are in good shape with normal seep. 7.3mi
Feb 20, 2017
Ruby Jones
Feb 3, 2017
jeff taylor
Techy downhills are leaf covered and slick. 11.5mi

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Mark Hoyle
Winchester, Va
Mark Hoyle   Winchester, Va
IMPORTANT NOTE: The park has started building a Cross Country running loop and are using some of the current trails. If the trail is packed gravel and has the CC sign, it is OFF LIMITS to bikes. Please do not ride these trails. We are actively working with the park to reroute and build some mountain bike dedicated trails. Jun 2, 2017

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