“A fun loop that includes both the new trails and the classic Central Trail.”
— Mark Hoyle
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.
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-On-Up
, and follow that trail uphill through 2 different climbs. You'll then cross the gravel road to the top and continue uphill until it intersects with Giddy-Up Trail
Turn right and enjoy a fun downhill to the Batt Picnic Area. Follow the signs to your left to 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. If the trail has been really wet and muddy to this point, WALK your bike down across the dam and then turn left up the paved road. The trail above the lake can turn into a stream when really wet (we are working to reroute this section of trail). If dry enough, or warm enough to not mind getting your feet wet, turn left and follow Central Trail
around the lake and up by the blue water tower. There is a pretty deep stream crossing here.
At this point, you have a choice. If the trail has been easy to you, and you want a real challenge, continue up Central Trail
across the road for some very technical rock climbing. 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 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 end and then turn left downhill back to Batt Picnic Area. Exit the parking lot and go up the road about 20 yards to then turn left on Start Me Up
for the ride downhill. As you go down, for some fun A line jumps, follow Start Me Up: Alternate Technical Jump Line
and then 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!