3.6 miles
221 ft
-223 ft
2,493 ft
High Point

Situated on the side of a rocky mountain with 1,600 feet of elevation difference, Blue Knob State Park doesn’t offer a lot of true beginner mountain biking terrain. But if you are here at the Park, the public campground, or for a group camping event, this route links together the easier portions of the trails to provide an introduction to the sport.

This route is mapped and described beginning at the Chappells Field Overlook parking area, across from the Park’s public campground. You can also access the route directly from the campground or if you are staying at the Group Camp area. This ride mainly uses the Chappells Field Trail to create optional rides vary from 1.5, 2.5, or 3.5 miles in length.

Starting at the Overlook parking, you will pass the Overlook area before you even warm up. You can take in the view now or enjoy the breeze later as a cool down spot. Dropping down the Overlook Trail, You will quickly intersect Chappells Field Trail.

Although the Chappells Field Trail description itself is shown counter-clockwise, this ride will travel clockwise, to the right, so that the longer steep (10%+/-) grade is downhill. The trail is mostly uniformly graded, grass to bare doubletrack, but watch out for a rut in the center of the trail as you begin to curve at the base of this initial downhill.

Passing Rock N Ridge #1 and Crist Ridge Trails on your left, the trail will level off to a gate before crossing Forest Road. The Trail continues straight across the road and begins a more gradual climb to the campground. Just before entering the campground, take the Campground Bypass to the left. Stay straight where this connects with the Lost Turkey Trail until the last campsite, where you will make a right onto a brief section of singletrack that connects back to double-track Chappells Field Trail on the upper side of the campground.

If you are staying here, you could begin the ride from your campsite and jump on the trail here. Hopefully this hasn’t worn you out, but if so, you can follow the campground entrance road, which will take you back to your car for the shortest ride.

Continuing uphill on the trail out of the campground, Chappells Field Trail follows a much milder 2% slope through the woods to where you will cross Forest Road again. Immediately after crossing the road, Chappells Field Trail makes a right as grassy double track to complete the middle-distance loop, or you will ride later. But first, you will stay straight onto Sawmill Trail for a half mile on an equally mild slope to a paved road. This road leads down to the Group Camp area is the spot you would access this ride if staying there.

Optionally, if you would like to extend your ride and increase the challenge, Sawmill continues across the road, bearing right as a dirt road. This slopes downhill at about 2% for the next 1.4 miles, turning back at or before the Willow Springs Picnic Area and ride back up. Options from the end of that trail are not beginner friendly. This extended part of Sawmill tends to be muddier, even when other trails that you have been on are dry.

Turning around at the Group Camp Road, or anywhere along the optional extension, you will retrace Sawmill downhill back down to Chappells Field, making a left before Forest Road. Follow this fairly level grassy double-track to where the Overlook Trail intersects from the right at the beginning of the steeper downhill. Return up the Overlook Trail to your car.

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