Chestnut Ridge Metro Park Mountain Bike Trail Review

This spring there are so many new features on the trail at Chestnut Ridge that it’s been an exciting new adventure every time I’m there.  This video came out almost by accident because I wanted to try a new double drop that was just installed by Combo.  After redoing it a couple of times to build my confidence I decided to take a video to share on Facebook.

I wasn’t really excited about my planned workout that day, so a half mile later I decided to stop and take a short video of another obstacle.  Maybe I could edit the two shots together.  Nothing big, after all, I was just shooting it with my iPhone, which was propped up with a few sticks and rocks that I found along the side of the trail.  But, I was starting to get hooked on the project and every time I’d get to a new fun feature I would stop and take another snippet of action.

After a loop and a half it was obvious that I should edit together a full trail review to highlight this awesome trail in Central Ohio.  Please share it with your biking friends and spread the CR love!  And, don’t forget to follow Quickdirt on Facebook for more great MTB articles.

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This is what I used in the video shoot.  Click on the links for prices and reviews.


Looking for a good place to mountain bike in Columbus, Ohio?  Chestnut Ridge Metropark has one of the top trails in the area.  It is located southeast of the city, near Canal Winchester and features an 8.5 mile loop with 900 feet of climbing.

The trail was built from the ground up by the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization, known as Combo.  They used sustainable IMBA standards that allow it to stand up to the weather better than other trails in the area.  Park rangers close Chestnut when it’s damp, but there is a shorter 5-mile wet weather loop that dries out fairly quickly after a storm.

Over the first three miles, riders slowly climb on twisty singletrack through deciduous forest up to the most famous landmark, the Apple Barn, which is the high point of the trail.  Then the path spends the next 5 miles slowly descending – which means you get some sweet downhills to fly through.

There is a nice mix of rocks, roots and flowy sections of trail and several places to catch air along the course.  Man-made obstacles include berms, log-overs and bridges to help you cross ravines.  Other features at the park include a downhill trail, pump track, skills area and a cyclocross course.

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