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