West Branch State Park

Overview:  This state park is located in the city of Ravenna, Portage County, and is Cleveland’s closest, legal, and public mountain bike trail system.  Most of the trails here actually started out as snowmobile trails but soon accommodated mountain bikes in the summer as the sport grew.  There are two additional single-track loops added as of summer 2001 adjacent to loops “B” and “D.”  With the help of CAMBA, these two loops and many more miles of single-track are predicted for the future.

Trail Description: After leaving the parking area and riding up to cable line road there are 6 loops (some connected, some not) that provide approximately 8 miles of single and double-track.

Cable Line Road is an access road that runs east and west through the park and allows only cyclist and hikers with loops on the north and south of it.

A majority of the trails are actually snowmobile trails that are overgrown into single-track during the summer.  But don’t let this fool you; some of these trails are anything but smooth.  Keep up a good pace and you’ll find yourself out of breath.  There are 2 new single-track loops added this year, which offer some technical skills for those with more experience. The first one is off from loop “B” and the second loop is off from loop “D”.

These two new additions to the trails here offer something a bit more challenging than what you’re normally used to if you ride here a lot.  All in all this is a fun place to ride mainly because 95% of the trails are in the woods.

This is an excellent place for beginners and intermediate riders.

-Review by Alan Lonneville, Spring 2002

Directions (from Akron/Canton):  I-77 South to I-76 east- exit at Rt.5/44 proceed on Rt.5 east to Rock Spring Rd.  Turn right onto Rock Spring Rd. See Below **

Directions (from Cleveland):  Take I-480 East.  I-480 E becomes OH-14.  Turn LEFT onto OH-59.  OH-59 becomes OH-5 East.  Look for Rock Spring Road on your right, it will be several miles down. Turn right onto Rock Spring Road. 

** Follow Rock Spring Road across the reservoir.  Less than 1/2 mile after crossing the reservoir, you will see signs for the mountain bike/snowmobile trails on the left side.  Follow the road about 1/4 mile and you'll see a grass field on your right with a small gravel parking area. You'll see the trailhead sign along the tree line. Please do not park on the grass unless there are no spaces available on the gravel.

Driving Time from Cleveland: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

This trail is reviewed and maintained by CAMBA