This loop through the Bald Hill Reservation features a variety of riding rarely matched anywhere. Aside from the absence of long climbs and descents, this mosaic of preserved woodland boasts an incredible array of trail conditions, from challenging rock-garden singletrack to smooth, fast, hard-packed dirt trails. Beginner riders may want to opt to stay on the wider trails, though the narrow cobblestone singletrack provides an excellent opportunity o improve you bike-handling skills while taking you to the less-traveled corners of the reservation.
These trails can, however, be as rigorous as they are beautiful, and the nine-mile loop may seem longer as a result. Bring plenty of water, and don't be bashful about taking a breather and enjoying your surroundings every now and then. The sights include a phenomenal mix of plantlife ranging from ferns and honeysuckle to tall pines and eastern hardwoods such as red oak, mountain maple and shagbark hickory. In terms of wildlife, you might come across red-shouldered hawks, bared owls, waterfowl, grouse, turkey, mink, otter, rabbits, fox, and deer. Terrain: Technical singletrack and well-marked doubletrack. An intriguing mix of geology, ranging from hard, rocky soils to thick bogs. the corresponding plantlife and wildlife is also remarkably diverse.
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