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100 Days of Summer: May 29th- Bike West Branch

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West Branch State Park in Ravenna is a local treasure. A two Thousand acre lake and 5,000 acres of park means there’s lots of opportunities for things to do. It’s proximity to Akron and Cleveland means its a popular destination with a lot of amenities.

Fishing or skiing the lake, hiking the 14 miles of trails, staying at the award winning campground, swimming at the beach: If you can do it in Ohio, You can do it here.

But for a unique experience, you need to get your bike out on the 12 miles of trails that the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association Maintains. These trails range from meadows to rugged woods for every experience level. There are multiple loops to choose, all easily marked.

Head out to West Branch State Park sometime this summer to check out all that’s offered, and especially check out the bike trails for some challenges you just aren’t going to find elsewhere.

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100 Days of Summer: Mountain and Trail Biking in NE Ohio

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Trail Biking

Akron Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail- 33 Miles

Brady’s Run Trails– Newly Improved Technical trails. 15 Miles

Mill Creek Bikeway– D’oh. I Left this off for almost a year

Stavich Bicycle Trail– Great Unknown Trail from Newcastle to Struthers along the river.

Ohio Bikeways.net– Ohio Rail to trails site.

Three River Heritage trail– 37 Mile bike and jogging trail around downtown Pittsburgh

Great Allegheny Passage– Connect Pittsburgh Airport (Parking) and region to Washington DC through a system of Rail to trail routes. Very Nice

Little Beaver Greenway Trail– 11 Miles in Lisbon, Canopied 10 foot wide paved trail

Moraine– 7 Mile Trail Bike Trail

Panhandle Trail-29 Mile Rail to Trail from Carnegie to Weirton.

Western Reserve Greenway– 47 Miles of trail, mostly in Ashtabula county

Yough River Trail-– 71 Miles of rail to trails

Mountain Biking

Beaver Creek-15 miles of mixed use trails for advanced users.

Mosquito Lake– 5 miles Mixed use trails.

West Branch– 6 Bike Loops with over 8 miles of trail maintained by CAMBA

Quail Hollow-4 Mile Mountain Bike Trail

Ohio Pyle-13 Miles Of Mountain Bike Trails

Mohican– New 24 Mile Single loop Moraine– 6 Mile Mountain Biking Trail

Raccoon CreekMany Multi-use trails.


Outspokin WheelmenYoungstown‘s Recreation Biking Group

Western PA Wheelmen– And The West Pa Bike Group

CAMBA-Cleveland Area MB Association

Ohio City CyclesCleveland area Advocacy and education group

OMBC– Ohio Mountain bike Championship Series


Blue Collar Mountain Biking

Bike Geek

Dirt Church

Rail to trail Trail List


Essential Gear: Water and Hydration

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ODNR's "National Get Outdoors" Day Evants and Activities

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites Ohioans and visitors to celebrate the annual National Get Outdoors Day this weekend by ramping up participation in outdoor activities. Get outside and get active at one of Ohio’s scenic state recreation areas.

There are many ODNR activities and events scheduled across the state that will help individuals and families reconnect with the outdoors and jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.

Many of State Parks have an array of events and activities slated for this Saturday and Sunday.  Go to www.ohiodnr.com/parks for the latest on events in your area.

Those who are seeking beautiful trails can visit ODNR’s Ohio trails web site, www.ohiotrails.gov. It provides a comprehensive list of ODNR hiking, biking, mountain biking, ATV and equine trails statewide. Once the final phase of the web site is complete, it will provide outdoor enthusiasts with interactive features that will allow them to find trails that best suit their needs and abilities.

For the wildflower lover, don’t miss the latest ODNR Natural Areas Discovery Series event on Saturday, June 12.  The Ladyslipper Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Portage County and is a rare opportunity to see one of Ohio’s most lovely wildflowers – the pink lady’s slipper orchid – blooming naturally in this unique wetland area.  This event is limited so please reserve your place by calling 440-632-3010.

For parents who are looking for an exciting, hands-on outing that will get the youngsters involved in the outdoors, this weekend is a great time to get involved in the ODNR’s free Explore the Outdoors program. It provides Ohio parents and youth leaders with an easy guide to lead Ohio’s young people, particularly those in grades 1-5, into the outdoors. The program also provides an interactive online resource that families can use to find exciting outdoor activities and events.

The program’s engaging activity guide recommends a variety of fun outdoor activities, including Spot a BirdHike a Trail or Camp Under the Stars. All of the activities in the book can be accomplished at state parks, forests, preserves and wildlife areas throughout Ohio. Families can also complete some of the activities at local parks, green spaces or even at home.

Explore the Outdoors participants can find special activity completion codes posted at welcome centers and kiosks in participating ODNR and partner facilities statewide. Children who enter at least two codes on the Explore the Outdoors web site, www.exploretheoutdoorsohio.com, will receive a printable certificate signed by Gov. Ted Strickland. Participants are also eligible for prizes the more codes they enter online and if they send in the detachable postcard.  Special Explore the Outdoors events are also posted on the Explore the Outdoors web site.

The Explore the Outdoors web site provides activity guides for free download and a listing of special Explore the Outdoors events. Parents can contact 614-784-PLAY (7529) or explore@dnr.state.oh.usfor additional information or to request activity guides and program resources.

ODNR appreciates Explore the Outdoors sponsors who share a desire to improve the health of Ohio children and families by getting them outdoors. Sponsors include ODNR Division of Recycling, ODNR Division of Watercraft, American Heart Association, GreenBird and Highlights.

National Get Outdoors Day is an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people are inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Partnerships between federal, state and local agencies help make Get Outdoors Day a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting children to the outdoors.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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West Branch Mountain Bike Group Wins Trail Award from ODNR

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) received the Ohio State Parks 2009 “Trail Partnership Of The Year Award” for the group’s efforts to build and maintain mountain biking trails at West Branch State Park in Portage County.  CAMBA representatives Craig Wood and Mark Reed accepted the award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) during a recent park managers’ conference at Hocking Hills State Park.

CAMBA is the first recipient of this new statewide award to recognize volunteer groups helping to build, improve and expand trails in Ohio State Parks.  CAMBA volunteers have contributed 5,941 hours over the past eight years to develop more than 7 miles of single track mountain bike trail at West Branch.

“Without dedicated trail partners like CAMBA, our state parks simply would not be able to offer such a large, high quality trail system for biking, hiking and horseback riding,” said John Hunter, acting chief of Ohio State Parks.  “They are creating a tremendous recreational resource for local trail users, and helping to put Ohio on the map as a destination for trails.”

In addition to providing labor, Wood, Reed and the other CAMBA volunteers who helped with the West Branch trail lent their expertise in trail design to build a sustainable trail system that can withstand weather and traffic, and offers features mountain bikers love. The West Branch trail has served as a model for other park systems building trails in the area.

Ohio’s 74 state parks offer more than 1,185 miles of trails, including 24 mountain biking trails, 25 bridle trails, 207 hiking trails and 156 multiple use trails.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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