The South Mountain State Park mountain biking is almost all fireroad riding. Some of the roads have deteriorated into extremely rocky doubletrack with rather challenging high-speed descents. These rocky roads offer fun climbs and descents, great views, jumps, and great speeds. The "official" loop is 18 miles in length with the first 6 being a gut-busting, leg burner of a climb. There are over 14 miles of gravel/forest roads on the loop, and the rest is smooth pavement. There is ample parking at the park and trail maps are available for free. Also included is your standard issue beautiful mountain stream, complete with 80 foot High Shoals Falls, to enjoy as and after you ride. There are no true singletrack trails in this park open to bikes.
While there is no single track to speak of, South Mountains MTB route offers some great climbs, great descents with water bar jumps, and terrific views. I recorded 2,800 feet of climbing in 16.5 miles. The longest climb is within the first 2.5 miles, heck of a way to warm up but at least the legs are fresh. There is a creekcrossing towards the end so be prepared to get your feet wet...
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