Explorer | 20 pts
The Harveysburg trail system spans the gap between Harveysburg Road and the campground, with 16 miles of trail made up of four principal loops plus connecting mileage. The Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance (CORA) has a trail map at this link: http://home.fuse.net/coramtb/images/trailMaps/caesar_map.jpg The trail can be accessed at either end, or at Ward Road in the middle. It is signed only at principal intersections, with white PVC pipe markers. The terrain is gently rolling, forested glacial till uplands dissected by ravines which conduct small streams down to the lake. There are some sweeping lake views. Most of the mileage is easy-to-intermediate in difficulty level, but a few ravine descents and climb-outs are challenging to the point of being un-rideable for all but a few experts. There is no surface bedrock and there are no rock gardens. The till remains muddy through the spring unless warm and dry weather persists for a week or more. July through October are peak season for this trail.
The Fifty Springs loop is an easy 3.1 mile (5k) oval loop around the Fifty Springs peninsula, which is a two-mile road ride from the Harveysburg Road trail head. This trail is about a mile long and several hundred yards wide. It includes one intermediate-level ravine crossing. The terrain is much like that of the Harveysburg trail system. A park road runs the length of the peninsula, so bail-outs are easy. The first parking lot on the park road serves as the trail head, and is at the northeast end of the loop. There is no signage at the parking lot, and very little signage along the trail. Standing in the parking lot and looking west down the park road (with one’s back to Rt. 73), the trail goes into the woods to the left at a point along the woodline; to the right, it goes out the spur road across the park road from the end of the parking lot, and departs the road to the left at the cemetery.