Marietta Mountain Biking Capital
Hop. Skip. Jump. The extensive single-track trails within the Marietta city limits offer bunny hops and more. Yes, urban mountain biking, how awesome is that? Thanks to the foresight of several organizations including Marietta Adventure Company and the River Valley Mountain Bike Association, along with other locals, the Marietta area is the mountain biking capital of Ohio. Not surprisingly Marietta has been named a "Top 100 Adventure Town" by National Geographic Adventure.
Over 30 miles of track attract all sorts of riders, including people like me who just enjoy an easy ride in the woods, to those with more expertise seeking more challenging tracks with technical elements. With such variety, the sport is open to all, including families. In fact, a Kid's Mountain Biking Day teaches young enthusiasts techniques so that they too may enjoy the sport. What a great way to bring a smile to the face of these youngsters as they conquer the trails.
With more than 20 trails including new tracks that are regularly added, it is possible to start an adventure downtown. No need to load up bicycles and travel. In fact, it's possible to combine all of the trails into a 30-mile adventure. Best for families looking for tame terrain is the Kroger Wetland Trail, a short and flat trail in a setting ideal for spotting birds and other wildlife. The new Gunlock Park River loop is another path offering a beginner option. Ready to up those adrenaline levels? The Cisler Trail with 16 bridges, rocky sections and jumps is recommended. An excellent map provides routes complete with connecting roads indicated, so you never need to load up your bike to move to another trail.
Prepare for adventure
Don't worry if you don't have a mountain bike. Marietta Adventure Company rents those and are experts on the trails and happy to help you select the ideal trail both within Marietta and in the
nearby Wayne National Forest that offers even more technical trails for those seeking even more adventure. The RVMBA offers regular group rides and clinics for new riders; they also develop and maintain the trails.
After a day on the trails, return to downtown and enjoy great restaurants or grab a craft beer at the Marietta Brewing Company where you can reminisce about those bunny hops you conquered, the verdant woodland settings or that technical downhill. Pedals up!