“This loop can be ridden in either direction and requires a short jaunt on Freezeland Rd.
— Jonathan McCormick
This route features steep loose climbs and blazing fast downhill. The clockwise direction provides a slightly easier climb and a gnarlier downhill.
Need to Know
-This is a Wildlife Management Area, so visit the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website
to know when hunting occurs.
-The trails can be overgrown at times and aren't maintained frequently.
-The Appalachian Trail crosses in a few places. Bikes are not allowed on the A.T.
-This is a multi-use trail system and equestrians may be present.
Park and ride from Lake Thompson Parking Area. To ride the clockwise direction, continue on the Trillium Trail
and keep the lake to your right. You'll ride some steep singletrack that will eventually turn to doubletrack after riding next to the fence line of a vineyard (great views). This trail passes the turn off for Verlin Smith Trail
after around 1.5 miles and then crosses the A.T. (white blazes) at around mile 2.3 and continues up to Freezeland Road. At the road, turn right and ride the pavement until the WMA kiosk. Ride down the Upper Thompson Lake Trail
for 2.5 miles until you reach the lake and the parking area.