30 Ohio state parks offer over 257 miles of biking trails (see trail descriptions below). Many parks offer bicycle rentals in the camp office or at other concession areas.
Many state parks offer outstanding dedicated mountain biking trails, and mountain bikes are welcome on designated segments of multiple use trails at a number of state parks.
Many other bike trails are available throughout Ohio. See the Department of Transportation's Map of Bike Trails for more.
What You Should Know
- Though traffic is light, some major park roads have speed limits of 35 mph or greater. Be alert and courteous, and obey traffic laws.
- Be on the lookout for horseback riders or hikers when mountain biking on multi-use trails.
- Teach young children to pull over and stop when a car or camper approaches while bicycling on campground roads.
- Cyclists are advised to be extra cautious duirng hunting seasons.
Alum Creek State Park
- North Bike Trail provides nearly 6 miles of single track loop trails through diverse terrain, including creeks, hills and ravines. This trail is best suited for advanced cyclists.
- South Bike Trail is a 2-mile loop featuring open areas and low hills. This trail is suited to novice cyclists.
Barkcamp State Park
- 6-mile dedicated trail that loops through rugged woodlands and skirts the lakeshore. The trail offers challenges for intermediate and advanced cyclists.
Beaver Creek State Park
- 15 miles of multiple-use trail along Little Beaver Creek. The terrain is diverse, with steep hills and ravines. These trails are best suited to advanced cyclists.
Caesar Creek State Park
- 18 miles of trail trail through rugged terrain begin at the entrance to the campground. The first 2 miles of the main trail are suited for intermediate and advanced riders; steep climbs and drops on the remainder challenge advanced cyclists.
- 3.5-mile trail at the Fifty Springs Picnic Area offers an easier ride for novice bikers.
Deer Creek State Park
- 1.2-mile loop trail on the south side of the park suitable for novice to intermediate cyclists. The first part of the trail winds through forested rolling hills along the banks of Deer Creek Lake, while the return trip traverses more open areas.
Dillon State Park
- 12 miles of dedicated, interlocking loop trails that are color-coded for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.
- Trailheads are located off the beach and marina parking lots, and the campground offers easy access to the trails.
East Fork State Park
- 2 loops totaling more than 4 miles.
- First loop is a mixture of flat, smooth stretches and twisting turns through wooded areas, and is suited to novice to intermediate cyclists.
- Second loop winds through steep hills and switchbacks, and is suited to advanced cyclists.
Findley State Park
- 8-mile loop (see map in .pdf format) which has challenges for both novices and experts. The trail offers level terrain through heavily wooded areas as well as steep short climbs, fast winding sections, bank turns and north shore obstacles. Novice riders can pass by these areas.
- The trail can be accessed from many locations throughout the park. The official start is at the north end of the park at the dam parking lot.
Great Seal State Park
- Mountain bikes are permitted on 17 miles of multiple use trails. The trails cross mostly wooded, hilly terrain with some steep inclines and ravines. These trails are best suited to advanced cyclists
Hueston Woods State Park
- 12 miles of dedicated trail combining easy pedaling on flat stretches and challenging runs through steep hills, and is suited to most cyclists with easy, moderate and difficult sections
- Mountain bike rental is available near the trail head, call (513) 523-1316 for information
- Races are held periodically throughout the season
Jefferson Lake State Park
- 15 miles of multiple use trail through scenic forest with hilly terrain and abundant wildlife. The trail is suited to intermediate and advanced cyclists.
John Bryan State Park
- Nearly 10 miles of trails loop through wooded areas offering a variety of twisty turns and opens stretches. Trail segments with mostly level terrain are suited to novice cyclists, while ramps, log jumps, climbs and creek crossings provide more challenges to make the ride interesting for intermediate cyclists.
Kelleys Island State Park
- 5-mile East Quarry Trail is moderately level with rocky terrain, suitable for novice and intermediate cyclists.
- 1.5-mile North Shore Loop Trail is hilly and rocky, suitable for intermediate cyclists
Lake Hope State Park
- 14 miles of trails through the beautiful back-country of Zaleski State Forest. Steep hills and ravines offer challenges suited to intermediate and advanced cyclists
Little Miami Scenic Bikeway
- 47 miles of easy riding on paved trail along the Little Miami River
Mary Jane Thurston State Park
- 6 miles of multiple use trails through the North Turkeyfoot area. Mostly level terrain through meadows and woodlands is suited to novice cyclists.
Mohican State Park
- 8.5-mile mountain bike trail that also passes through Mohican State Forest. The scenic terrain is varied, offering a little of something for riders of all skill levels.
- Open both to mountain bike riders and hikers, the trail travels from the state park campground, off State Route 3, to County Road 939, near the state forest headquarters.
Mosquito Lake State Park
- 5 miles of interlocking loop trails for mountain biking. The trails are moderately level and suitable for beginning and intermediate cyclists.
Paint Creek State Park
- 3-mile and 5-mile trails on the north loop offer challenging terrain through the wooded hillside, and an optional section of single-track trail.
- South loop, with 4- and 6-mile options, winds through meadows and woodlands, with excellent views of Paint Creek Lake
Quail Hollow State Park
- Scenic 4-mile linear trail through forest, meadow and pine woods which is easy to moderate in difficulty.
- The trail provides access to surrounding roads, allowing cyclists to complete a 7-mile loop with paved and off-road segments
Rocky Fork State Park
- Scenic and challenging 3-mile multiple-use trail through wooded hills and ravines.
Stonelick State Park
- 5.3 miles of multiple-use trail through primarily woodland areas. The trails cross mostly level terrain and are suitable for novice to intermediate cyclists.
Tar Hollow State Park
- 3.5-mile loop mountain bike trail goes through woodlands along the lakeshore. The ride is moderate to difficult.
Van Buren State Park
- 3.0 mile single track loop trail meanders through deciduous and coniferous woodlands and along the south shores of Van Buren Lake. Trails are mostly level terrain suited for novice and intermediate cyclists, with some challenging features. Winding turns, obstacles, and small ravines spanned by wooden boardwalks await cyclists. The mountain bike trail head begins at the South Shore Picnic Area parking lot. Follow the group camp access drive past the Scarlet Haw Hiking Trail to the bike trail entrance. Follow the blue blazes.
- 12 miles of multi-use trails traverse the eastern portion of the park traversing steep ravines and gentler terrain through scenic woodlands and along river bottoms. Multi-use trails are in the process of being stoned. Access is from the north parking lot off of T.R. 229. Trail head sign is located directly across the road from the parking lot.
West Branch State Park
- 2-mile linear trail, linked to six loop trails totaling more than 5 miles. The trails wind through a variety of hilly and level terrain, offering a satisfying ride for novice and intermediate cyclists, alike.