Mountain biking maps and descriptions
Oak Hill - Hanover, NH
The Oak Hill singletrack trails have existed for some time, but only recently have they become official. The ski trails make for great beginner trails and have maps posted at most intersections. The mountain bike trails are now they subject of trail maintenance from both the DMBC and the UVMBA and will be improving constantly. We are also working on establishing trail signs and other directional markers.
A great loop for beginners with some experience is to ride out from campus on Route 10 North and turn right onto Reservoir Rd. at the first traffic circle. This will continue past the Elementary School. As it dips down there is a sign for Storrs Pond. Turn left here and then right again into the parking lot at the ticket booth. Climb up the open slope on your right as you look up at Oak Hill. Take the second left and climb up on the wide, grassy ski trail until you reach sign post 18. From here, start by riding the Ropes Course Loop and the Top of the Hill Loop. They make for a great warm up. From here head towards intersection 23 and take a right onto Middle Back. Stay on Middle Back until you reach ski trail again. Start onto the Outback Loop and take a left about 150 yds in at a culvert. This is Middle Outback. Stay on this and continue across the ski trail. When you finally intersect Crystal Ridge take a left and follow up a steep hill. When it finally crosses the ski trail you are crossing Screaming Downhill. Either turn right here for a fast descent or follow the ski trails back to The Rollercoaster. Enjoy!
Moody Park - Claremont, NH
Distance from Hanover: 50 minutes
Moody Park is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and Weekends only from Labor Day to Columbus Day. Bikes are not permitted during the winter and spring mud season. This is a good trail network with several different loops, which allow one to tailor the length and difficulty of the ride.
Take I-91 South to exit 8 (VT-131 toward VT-12/Ascutney/US-5/Windsor). Take a left off of the exit onto VT-131. Cross the Connecticut River and enter New Hampshire. Turn right onto RT-12A after 1 mile. After 2.4 miles turn left onto Ainsworth Road and then left onto River Rd. Turn right onto Maple Avenue and finally, after 0.8 miles on Maple Avenue turn right at Moody Park Rd.
These trails are all fun and do not have too much in the way of elevation change, mostly the trails are rolling with a few short, steep climbs (like the infamous 'Gravity Cavity'). See the map for individual trail descriptions.
French's Ledges - Meriden, NH
Distance from Hanover: 30 minutes
The trails here are well built with good flow and some fast descents. The highlight of the network though, is the rocky summit with a view of Ascutney. Note - more trails have been added since the map was created.
From Hanover, take Route 120 South 5 miles through downtown Lebanon, then continue another 8 miles to the junction of Route 120 and Main Street in Meriden, NH. Stay on 120, and in 0.5 miles take a right onto Bonner Rd (at the sign for the Plainfield School). Take a quick left into the school parking lot, unload and gear up.
Cornish Town Forest - Cornish, NH
Distance from Hanover: 40 minutes
To get to the Paddy Hollow Road entrance, take I-91 South from Hanover about 24 miles to exit 8 (for Ascutney/Windsor). Turn left onto 131, follow it east across Route 5 (it becomes 12/103), cross the Connecticut River into New Hampshire and take a left onto 12A (12A is about 0.5 miles from the River). Follow 12A North for 1.2 miles and turn right onto Windy Hill Road (known on older maps as Punkshire Road). Take Windy Hill 1 mile until it a T-intersection with Paddy Hollow Road. Turn left onto Paddy Hollow Road. The parking area indicated on the map is 1 mile up the road. Note that Paddy Hollow turns into a class IV road in 0.6 milesâ€”we usually opt to park at one of the obvious pull-offs on the left-hand side of the maintained road and bike the rest of the way to the original parking lot. Also, the Class IV roads in the Cornish Town Forest are closed during mud season (April, May, and June) to motorized vehicles.
The Pinnacle - Newport, NH
Distance from Hanover: 30 minutes
Take 89 South to the Grantham Exit, turn right off the exit and follow for 15 minutes until you reach the Newport High School. Park Here.
Great flowy, sometimes technical, well-maintained trail network.