Mountain Bike! Midwest Guide Book

by Richard Ries & Dave Shepherd (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike Midwest  by Richard Ries & Dave Shepherd

357pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0897322827

With vast prairies, rolling forested hills, and tranquil lakes, the diversity of mountain biking terrain in the Midwest will surprise even the fat tire elite. We promise you'll discover more than single-track winding through endless cornfields. Home to some of the best family-oriented trails around, Midwest mountain biking also possesses great white-knuckle, teeth-rattling rides. You won't find dicey rides teetering on the brink of thousand-foot cliffs, but you will encounter trails as technically challenging as anywhere else in North America. Authors Richard Ries and Dave Shepherd live and ride in the Midwest, and they've uncovered trails to suit every mountain biker's ability and tastes. If it's good riding in Ohio, Indiana, or Illinois, it's in here. Each route profile features at-a-glance key information, a thorough ride description, a detailed trail map, helpful sources of information, proximity of important services, valuable commentary on elevation changes and possible hazards.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! Midwest" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 97.
... Preview: Located twelve miles north of Columbus from the Interstate 270 beltway. There's a two-mile loop designed for beginning riders and a five-mile connecting loop for intermediate riders. You'll like testi ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Columbus, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Located in Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble counties, 22 miles southeast of Zanesville and 28 miles northwest of Marietta. If you want to take a family vacation where you can camp, fish, and hike, and yo ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Zanesville, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25
... Preview: The ride starts and stops where Ryker's Ridge Baptist Church, Ryker's Ridge elementary school, and a small park are clustered on a corner about 5 miles northeast of downtown Madison. This ride's a mix ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Madison, IN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 40
... Preview: Located in Wayne National Forest, about 4.5 miles from the junction of OH 26 and OH 260, roughly 30 miles northeast of Marietta. This nine-and-a-half mile loop has much to offer those who like to cycl ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Marietta, OH - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.5
... Preview: Located about 20 miles southeast of Jasper near the Crawford County line. This is an 11-mile main loop with a spur that adds 6 or 7 miles, for a total of about 18 miles. It's a mix of single- and doub ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Birdseye, IN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18
... Preview: Starts and ends in Canaan, about 17 miles east of Madison on State Highway 62. Turn left off IN 62 onto Locust Street, which turns right onto Main Street. Go up a couple of blocks to the firehouse, wh ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Canaan, IN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20
... Preview: Located northeast of Interstate 71, just outside of Harveysburg. This out-and-back is 6 miles one way (12 miles total), and you won't be disappointed. Most of the trail is wide dirt single-track with ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Harveysburg, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Located about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. Some people's idea of "multiple use" is that riders with different brands of bikes can share the trail. They're not crazy about dodging horses and hikers ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Harrisburg, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Located about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. This is a 9-mile loop; mostly single- or doubletrack with some dirt road. The scenery on this route is nothing short of stunning. That would be true even ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Glendale, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Located one mile west of Castalia, off OH 101, about six miles southeast of Sandusky. This trail circles the Castalia Quarry Reserve, a quarry site active from the late 1870s to the 1960s. In fact, yo ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Castalia, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Located Shawnee National Forest, 10 miles south of Murphysboro. You'll get a little workout riding the rolling hills on this trail. The 11-mile (total distance) out-and-back portion of this ride trave ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Murphysboro, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: Located in Wayne National Forest, about 22 miles northeast of Marietta on OH 26. Perhaps the most interesting attractions of this trail are not on the trail itself but at either end of it: covered br ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Marietta, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: Located just east of Bedford, and southeast of Bloomington. Because this trail was built for hiking, it presents some challenges for mountain bikers. Not all of it is rideable, though the hike-a-bike ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Avoca, IN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17
... Preview: Located in Palatine, off Dundee Road. If you're north of Chicago, Deer Grove is where you should go to get some mountain bike action. While there is a paved bicycle trail in the forest preserve, the ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Palatine, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: Located off state highway 22 in Lincolnshire. Running parallel to the Des Plaines River for most of the route, this trail will give you an easy ride along its crushed gravel surface. You'll pass th ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Lincolnshire, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: This ride starts and ends in downtown Madison. There's more pavement on this one, but the payoff is three wonderful downhills: fast, long freefalls off the side of the earth with sweeping turns and pl ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Madison, IN - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 23
... Preview: Located about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. For the most part, this ride stays on a ridge top. The result is some stunning views and, when the weather's right, the chance to actually ride above the ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Herod, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: Located twenty-eight miles west of Chicago, near Winfield. While there are only about four miles of trails through this upland oak woods, three area presents a few more challenges than the Region Tra ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Winfield, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Located in East Peoria, ten minutes from Peoria. You can do two kinds of rides at Farmdale Recreation Area. For those of you looking for an easy ride, follow the dirt roads that cross through the low- ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Peoria, IL - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: Located off OH 58, 2 miles south of Wellington. There are over ten miles of trails to explore at Findley State Park, which essentially forms a loop around Findley Lake. The dirt single-track trails a ... From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Midwest"
Wellington, OH - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10