Five segments of this huge trail system have a little bit of everything.”
— Paul McKeighan
MTB access is courtesy of the North Country Trail Association (i.e., hikers), so yield to hikers and go easy on the trail!
From the Kipp road trailhead, the trail turns upward almost immediately, for about a mile-long grinding climb. From there, the trail will be a bit of a roller coaster ride, with several steep climbs.
At Stutsmanville road, you'll have to ride a mile of pavement to get to the next trail segment. This section will be mostly flat and quite wet. Narrow boardwalks are installed in some areas.
Section 4 mellows out some as you travel through sandy old pine plantations; grades are shallower and the trail is wide open here.
The fifth segment is mostly flat, with one big dip down--and back up. If, at Van road you want to continue north, you'll have to ride a road connector to the next segment at Levering road.