Best Mountain Bike Trails in the Us: Hours Of Absolute Fun

Mountain biking can be a great way to training yourself while enjoying nature, wildlife, and beautiful panoramas. Being such a vast territory, it is not easy to make a list of the best mountain bike trails in the US. Below you will find some of the best-known bicycle trails with breathtaking views.

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Best Mountain Bike Trails In The US

Mountain biking is a great way to train your legs, lungs and heart, while burning fat. Also, it improves coordination, balance and reaction times. Moreover, you will find it surprising and fun.

1. Amelia Earhart Park

Location: Hialeah, FL

Length:  3.9 miles

Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.

Located in Florida, near Miami, this bike trail is known by a few and is ideal for its beautiful views and and a good set of obstacles. Great for getting familiar with mountain biking, Amelia Earhart Park offers about 4 miles of track for different skill levels, with occasional jumps and technical sections. Access to the park is free, but car parking is not.

Video: Mountain Bike Trail at Amelia Earhart Park

2. Hampton Hills Metropark

Location: Cuyahoga Falls, 28 miles south of Cleveland - Ohio

Length: 6.5 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate

Hampton Hills Tour is a path closed to pedestrian traffic, very popular with mountain bikers for its fast sections, climbs, descents, and challenging features to test your skills. As mentioned, the track is closed to pedestrians, and you only have to pay attention to some sectors of the trail that are two-way, while the rest is one-way.

Video: Blue Trail - Hampton Hills Metro Park

3. Jackson And Dexter Trails At Henry Coe State Park

Location: Hollister, CA

Length: 13 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate

At Henry Coe State Park, you can find numerous singletrack trails ideal for mountain biking. Truly one of the favorite places because it alternates challenging sections where you can train yourself, and breathtaking panoramic views. The technical part of the track offers many hairpin bends, decent climbs, and fast descents. About three hours of absolute fun.

Henry Coe State Park Mountain Biking

4. Frost Woods Park

Location: East Brunswick, New Jersey

Length:  2.5 miles

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Frost Woods Park is a well-known mountain bike ring trail, also suitable for beginners. Although the length of the route is short, there are different paths, with short but steep climbs, a few jumps, and some technical sections. Pay attention, the park is also used for hiking, occasionally with dogs on a leash. The best way to ride is to enjoy nature and wildlife.

mountain bike log crossing

Mountain Bike Log Crossing

5. Phil's Mountain Bike Trails

Location: Cortez, Co

Length: 26 miles

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Phil’s Trail is one of the best-rated places by mountain bikers:

“Excellent loop. Many singletracks without traffic moving in the opposite direction.”

“So much fun. I will definitely come back. Routes for beginners and excellent signage. Slopes for beginners, excellent signage, and perfect conditions.”

“Fantastic Trail. Built by mountain bike enthusiasts for mountain bikers, with constant maintenance throughout the year. It is a must for every biker of any level.”

These are just a few of the randomly chosen comments. There are fun rocks, bumps, jumps... The lower section is for every type of rider, while the upper section, super cool, is for experts.

One of the best mountain bike trails in USA.

Video: Mountain Biking: Ribcage (Phil's World)

6. El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve

Location: Redwood City, CA

Length: 36 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate

El Corte de Madera Creek Trail offers several paths to make short or long loops, with singletrack or doubletrack trails, around the giant redwoods. During the initial descent, there are some rocky sections. It is a complete journey, with simple traits to be enjoyed while observing nature, fun descents, and rough terrain to test your technical skills.

Video: El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve Mountain Biking

7. Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park

Location: Germantown, MD

Length: 11 miles

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

With a different combinations of trails, Schaeffer Farm Park is a great trail network perfect for mountain bikes. It is quite easy to combine and get the length and type of path you want to ride. It is a nice park where you can spend a day cycling with friends or practice to improve your skills. More experienced riders will find a series of ups and downs and challenging stretches, while for beginners there is a track indicated by white signals.

Video: Schaeffer Farms New Technical Skills Track

8. Alafia River State Park

Location: Lithia, FL

Length: 14 miles

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

With over 14 miles of mountain bike trails, the Alafia River State Park is one of the favorite trails for both beginners and more experienced bikers. Maintained by the park staff and also by volunteers, the park offers singletrack paths with different levels of difficulty, clearly marked with directions:

  • Green Route: also suitable for children with small bikes, accompanied by adults who can use any bicycle.
  • Blue Route: for medium-skilled mountain bikers, it consists of stretches with moderate slopes alternating with more demanding technical sections.
  • Black Route: for experienced cyclists only, with tight curves, rough terrain, sudden descents, and subsequent steep ascents.

Alafia River State Park is truly a place for all bike lovers to visit at least once.

Video: Alafia River State Park - Serpent Trail

9. Flying Dog Trail

Location: Park City, Utah

Length: 23+ miles

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Moderately trafficked, Flying Dog Park is a well-built track. It is mostly a path for intermediate-level cyclists but also appreciated by experts. The best time to visit this park is from April to September. Dogs are allowed, as long as they are on a leash. These trails include an easy 10-mile section, a 16-mile intermediate section, and a 23-mile section for experienced cyclists.

Video: Flying Dog Trail - MTB With Gimbal

10. Mooween State Park

Location: Lebanon, CT

Length: 11 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate

Mooween State Park is known for its excellent and technical singletrack trails that range from intermediate to advanced level.

Trail features include ups and downs, jumps, log rides, jumps, and fast sections.

Located near Red Cedar Lake, the park offers a range of activities, and the best opening period is from April to October.

Video: Mooween MTB - Lebanon, CT

FAQs

Which state has the most number of mountain bike parks?

Colorado and California, also where the longest paths are located.

How many mountain bikers are there in the US?

Mountain biking is a very popular activity in the United States, with nearly 8 million cyclists, much less than hikers but much more than other outdoor activities.

Does mountain biking help ride a road bike?

Yes, using a mountain bike improves performance on the road because off-road riding improves endurance, reaction times, and balance.

Can you mountain bike on the snow?

A regular MTB can handle up to 4-6 inches of snow - at half speed. Technically, fat bicycles are better suited to ride in the snow, but with greater effort. For this reason, fat tire ebikes are best suited when you plan on riding heavy terrains.

Is mountain biking safer than road biking?

It is clear that falling on the road hurts more than falling on the ground, but on mountain bikes, you have to pay attention to stones and trees. However, the speed of a MTB is generally lower, while on the road, the other vehicles are an added risk. Thus, it would seem that mountain biking is safer.

Is it ok to ride a mountain bike on the road?

There is nothing wrong with that, but a mountain bike is harder to pedal and, therefore, slower too. However, MTB's are more comfortable and can run on various surfaces. Alternatively, hybrid bikes are as easy to ride as almost like a road bike, while being as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike.

How much does a good mountain bike cost?

High-quality MTB's costs at least $2,000/$2,500. However, a good mountain bike can cost a lot less, but you have to take into account the expense for accessories like pedals, helmet, or pump, as well as shoes and gloves.

What should I eat before mountain biking?

First of all, you need to take liquids, because hydration is essential. Furthermore, it is necessary to avoid proteins and fats. Other foods you shold eat:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Canned tuna
  • Cereals
  • Energy bars
  • Integral crackers

What should I eat after mountain biking?

Eating after exercise is equally important to replenish carbohydrates and mineral salts and to take protein to repair muscles. For example:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Whole grain bread
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Avocado

Conclusion

Before traveling to one of the mountain bike trails mentioned above, make sure you have enough information by consulting more than one source.

Amazing destinations are those that offer unique features for everything you could want for cycling and camping. 

Aniway, keep in mind that the most beautiful places are not always the most famous.