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    Nearest worth while trails traveling from Erie, PA

    Looking for any great riding experiences near the Erie, PA area. New to this part of the states and have not found much I can get excited about.

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    Kennerdell off interstate 80 and Moraine state park south of i-80

    kennderdell is a combination of epic singletrack and fireroads with some long climbs from the allegheny river to the hill tops. everything you could possibly want in a trail system. 1 hours loops to 4 + hours epics. Get a map though b/c the trails arent marked that well and you need to know where they are at or be comfortable with getting lost.

    Moraine is a mountain bike only trail system and is extremely technical XC. no real jumps or drops but good technical trails. figure on 2hours+ for the entire loop. It is 7 miles long or so but really rough from the Glacial deposit.

    PM me if you cant find a map....i scanned a copy and should be able to get you some links.

    As for erie....good luck Too flat for fun biking. Check with Emigs bike shop out of meadville b/c they have/had a nice set of trails at Racoon Lake (i think that was the name). outside of those trails there aint much north of 80 to ride till you hit clarion and the national forest. Emigs will do some trips to kennerdell this summer too. Stay hooked up with those guys and you will find what you need.
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    You could also check out Allegheny State Park to the east of Jamestown, NY. They have a nice network of well-marked trails that are also used by XC skiers in the winter. There's a race weekend there every June called Raccoon Rally promoted by WNYMBA.

    You could also check with some local snowmobile clubs to see if they have any trail maps or recommendations. My grandparents live just outside of Cambridge Springs and I used to ride atv's on a super network of trails in the area, though most were on private farm property. The old railroad beds had lots of trails branching off of them.

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    The cross country trails on top of Holiday Valley Ski Area in Ellictotville. N.Y. are great.
    http://www.wnymba.org/viewforum.php?f=14

    Probably an hour drive give or take?
    The Adirondacks are only 5.5 hours from Buffalo if you want to get up to some decent size mountains
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    good point. Cyrus my buddy rode ellicotville and loved it. They are probably closer than Kennerdell.
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    Besides just being beautiful single-track at Holiday Valley there is one other thing I really like about the trails that I rode there.
    Once you do the fairly easy climb up (maybe 600 vertical feet) you really don't lose any elevation till you decide to return. Miles and miles of flowy single-track with short ups and downs. Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusx75
    Looking for any great riding experiences near the Erie, PA area. New to this part of the states and have not found much I can get excited about.
    My favorite place to ride in my hometown of Erie was Asbury Woods. Very popular place amongst locals, off of Asbury Road just south of 38th Street.

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    you aren't really that far from Ray's Indoor if i'm not mistaken..
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino
    you aren't really that far from Ray's Indoor if i'm not mistaken..
    Yeah Ray's is around 100 miles from Erie.

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    What about the Rails to Trails in the area are they worth checking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusx75
    What about the Rails to Trails in the area are they worth checking out.

    Here is a link to my favorite rail trail that is about 30 miles east of the City of Erie in New York State..........http://www.chaurtt.org/

    Here's a ride report I typed up after my first ride......http://www.dirtragmag.com/forums//showthread.php?t=3382

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    Chautaqua trail around Sherman NY....it's not all that far.

    Best section IMO is off of 474 just west of Panama NY. Head North. See Map below.

    http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...te=ny&zipcode=

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    Cusimano Overland Trail

    Awesome trail, plus it's only 1/2 hour or so from Erie. I went there with a couple buddies from work last fall. Check out this link:

    http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/parks...T/Cusimano.htm

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    what are the trails at asbury park like? I go to Mercyhurst, and have been looking for places to do some good riding. I usually go down to penn state bherand. there are a few good trails there in wintergreen gorge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfolla06
    what are the trails at asbury park like? I go to Mercyhurst, and have been looking for places to do some good riding. I usually go down to penn state bherand. there are a few good trails there in wintergreen gorge.
    Short steep hill climbs, lots of tree roots. The trails on the Asbury property are short, but great to work on alot of skills. As I said above, you can pair up the ride on to the trails across Millfair Road and ride in to Fairview for more challenges.

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    Check out Art Roscoe XC ski and mountain bike trails

    head out accross i-86 in NY about 1 1/2 hours till redhouse area exit. This will be part of the allegany state park in NY. Once you enter the park the trailhead is well marked by signage. Mostly fire roads, high speed xc a few sections of developed single track.
    For some good freeride and trials style riding check out thunder rocks and the surrounding short trails. Big Loops possible on the cross country trails and two climbs exceeding three miles.

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    thanks guys, After Easter I hope to be able to check out Asbury Park.
    I have been to Allegany state park a lot of times, but never been there riding. i have heard that by the stone tower there are trails too... where is the best place to park- at thunder rocks?

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    Last week, I made it out to Asbury Woods. The trails were mostly still snow covered, but still ridable. I think i also found the trails that you mentioned toward Millfair rd. I didn't have time to explore all the trails, so i am excited to head back down again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfolla06
    Last week, I made it out to Asbury Woods. The trails were mostly still snow covered, but still ridable. I think i also found the trails that you mentioned toward Millfair rd. I didn't have time to explore all the trails, so i am excited to head back down again soon.
    Just be careful, the area across Millfair Road stays muddy for a long time.

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    I just got back from a two hour ride at asbury woods. there are still a few trails that i haven't taken to the end, but i was wondering... i saw an area where people had made a ladder bridge over a down tree and a small drop off... is it ok to use these? are there other places on the trails where people had made things?

    also just an update on the condition... most of the snow is gone and the trails were quite dry once i got off the asbury woods trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfolla06
    I just got back from a two hour ride at asbury woods. there are still a few trails that i haven't taken to the end, but i was wondering... i saw an area where people had made a ladder bridge over a down tree and a small drop off... is it ok to use these? are there other places on the trails where people had made things?

    also just an update on the condition... most of the snow is gone and the trails were quite dry once i got off the asbury woods trails.
    Hmm, the ladder bridge sounds new. There was a small bridge that crossed a small brook that was tuff to hit.......you would come down this very narrow short downhill and have to make a very sharp left turn to hit this bridge, definitely a home made bridge, but not a ladder type bridge.

    I might be coming to Erie for the day a week from this Saturday, I'll let you know, whenever though, I'll show you all I know at Asbury sometime soon.

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    yeah, i did see the small bridge over to brook yesterday... it looked a little washed out, and i was a bit nervous taking it.

    the ladder bridge looked pretty new and was a good challenge.

    let me know when your in erie, and you can show me around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfolla06
    yeah, i did see the small bridge over to brook yesterday... it looked a little washed out, and i was a bit nervous taking it.

    the ladder bridge looked pretty new and was a good challenge.

    let me know when your in erie, and you can show me around.
    You bet!

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