Fairgrounds' Community Park has great parking, nice bathrooms, and running water you can drink. And there are even trails to connect to Whipple Creek Park. During the nice weather, the Whipple Parking areas are full with cars, horse trailers and the whole lot is stuffed. Starting at the Fairgrounds Park is a great way to avoid the whole mess.
Once you park, just take any of the paved paths North from the parking lot. They all head to the same place eventually. When you are at the top of the maintained grass area look North into the woods. Behind you'll be the picnic table. You'll see a narrow path and 20 feet into the brush a sign that says 'Connector Trail'. Away you go.
Stay to the left at the fork. (If you go straight/right you'll end up in the Fairgrounds overflow parking lot that is adjacent to the Fire/Police station.) After you stay left, just follow the trail. There may be a couple of side trails that you see, but just ignore them. Keep going straight and follow the zig zag downhill. You'll come to a footbridge. Roll over the footbridge and pedal up the small hill.
You are now out in the prairie. And there are no signs for anything. The goal is to head West and make it to the gate at the road. There will be a couple paths. Just head West. The fastest way there is to follow the North most trail. It runs parallel to the private driveway on the other side of the fence.
Once you get to the West fence line, you are going to see a pedestrian/horse/bike entrance. Head through there. WATCH FOR CARS. Cross the street, turn left and head for the Whipple Creek Stables driveway. The entrance is 1/8 mile South on the right.
At the driveway don't go more than five feet before turning right (North) and go down the ten foot wide path/unpaved road. On both sides will be horse fence. This is the unmarked connector trail.
You are now on private property. We have permission to use this path. Go slow, be nice and don't scare the horses. Try to stay out of the two tire tracks. Instead rolling on either side of the tracks. The stable prefers if the bikes don't deepen the existing ruts.
After you are back in the open, stay to the left. This is the Whipple Creek Way E trail. Just follow along the fence on your left. Don't scare the horses. You are now on Whipple Creek Community Park property.
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More Stats for Fairgrounds Park to Whipple Creek Park Connector mountain bike trail
Altitude change-91 ft
Altitude min206 ft
Altitude max319 ft
Altitude start297 ft
Altitude end206 ft
Distance climb1,331 ft
Distance down2,712 ft
Distance flat85 ft
Avg reverse time00:17:55
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Fairgrounds Park... Trail Reports
May 7, 2017 @ 5:21pmMay 7, 2017
|Trail so overgrown in the meadow that it was barely recognizable as a trail through the meadow ground is soft but not muddy, the hard part...|
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