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    Big South Fork MTB trails-scenic?

    Anyone done these trails?
    I'm planning to spend 3-4 days backpacking in BSF, and am wondering if it would be worth it to take my bike.
    I'm all about the scenery in this case, though mainly going for the arches and natural bridges, and waiting for it to get cold so there won't be any people. The trails look pretty short from a glance at the map, so if the rides provide great scenery, the bike goes. If not, I'm happy either way.
    Thanks.

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    Great place to ride, there are some great trails for the mtn bike that are easy to get to from Bandy Creek Campground. Collier ridge and West Bandy are good fun trails. John Muir and Grand gap loop are generally flowy with awesome views of the river below, shear cliffs, the trail runs very close to the edge in places. You wont be disappointed if you take your bike but I bet you will if you dont take it. You might also do a search for Big South Fork Mountain Bike Club, great group that runs that page and they can answer any questions you have.

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    Thank you. Sounds good. I'll have to read up some on the individual trails, and look for pics when I'm on my home computer. Looking forward to seeing arches somewhere besides the high desert, and 2000 miles from home!

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    I've ridden there

    Wish I could a lot more. TAKE YOUR BIKE!!!

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    Fine, I'll take the bike! I may do some dayhiking to features I want to see so I can dedicate a day to riding, rather than doing longer loops on foot.

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    OwenM..I am with the local Big South Fork Bike Club. You can ck out our website at Big South Fork Bike Club. The site is new so everything is not on there yet, but you may find some good info for your visit. We are also on Facebook at bigsouthforkbike. There are 5 mtn bike trails near Bandy Creek Visitor Center (Collier Ridge, West Bandy , Duncan Hollow, Grand Gap, and a section of John Muir trail that connects with Grand Gap). Most experienced mtn bikers can ride all 5 of those in about a half a day. They have also been newly awarded Epic status by IMBA. Grand Gap and JMuir will provide you with the scenery you are looking for..both trails would be 17-24 miles depending on where you begin.
    There is also a 6th trail called Chestnut Ridge..it is on the KY-TN border a little farther away from Bandy Creek Campground...it connects with the Rock Creek Hiking trail which is very scenic so if you want a nice combination trip, I would recommend that one as well.
    The most unique thing about the trails at BSF is that you are in one of the very few units of the National Park Service that allows mtn biking on trails. Most National Parks are leary of allowing mtn bike use.
    There are other great hiking trails also...ck with the staff at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for the best info concerning them.
    Hope you enjoy your visit.

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    The website is .org not .com I dont know why it didn't show up on my post that way. It is so new, that it may not show up on a google search, but I think it does on a yahoo search.

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    Thank you; I'm looking forward to it. Was also surprised to find bike trails in a NP.

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