Top Mountain Bike Trails in the Midwest

The Midwest offers biking trails for people at all levels of mountain biking skill. Check out these little known state park mountain bike trails for the best biking experiences the Midwest has to offer.

Chadron State Park: Chadron, NE
Chadron State Park in the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska has trails for more experienced mountain bikers. Steep trails follow the ridgelines of pine-covered buttes. The smell of the pines and the fleeting site of the mule and whitetail deer are memorable to everyone. Camping and cabins are all available for the visitor. Park users also have the option of a leisurely horseback ride or the opportunity to cool off in the park's large swimming pool. Additional federal forestland is also available next to the park for more miles of trail. A camera is a must for this scenic area.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park: Greenup, KY
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park offers 24 miles of mountain biking trails inside its 3,300 acre boundary.  The Michael Tygart seven mile loop trail, the Claylick seven mile loop trail and the Carpenter's ten mile loop trail offer mountain bikers of all ages an opportunity to explore the park's backcountry. All three trails follow forested ridgelines of oak, beech, poplar, and maple as the wind up and down valleys, follow lake shorelines, and offer scenic views of the park.  Trails are moderate to strenuous in difficulty. Maps can be obtained at the lodge Front Desk.
The Midwest offers biking trails for people at all levels of mountain biking skill. Check out these little known state park bike trails for the best biking experiences the Midwest has to offer.

Chadron State Park-Chadron, NE
Chadron State Park in the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska has trails for more experienced mountain bikers. Steep trails follow the ridgelines of pine-covered buttes. The smell of the pines and the fleeting site of the mule and whitetail deer are memorable to everyone. Camping and cabins are all available for the visitor. Park users also have the option of a leisurely horseback ride or the opportunity to cool off in the park's large swimming pool. Additional federal forestland is also available next to the park for more miles of trail. A camera is a must for this scenic area.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park-Greenup, KY
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park offers 24 miles of mountain biking trails inside its 3,300 acre boundary.  The Michael Tygart seven mile loop trail, the Claylick seven mile loop trail and the Carpenter's ten mile loop trail offer mountain bikers of all ages an opportunity to explore the park's backcountry. All three trails follow forested ridgelines of oak, beech, poplar, and maple as the wind up and down valleys, follow lake shorelines, and offer scenic views of the park.  Trails are moderate to strenuous in difficulty. Maps can be obtained at the lodge Front Desk.

Harpers Ferry KOA-Harper's Ferry, WV
Come camp next to a trench where Civil War soldiers faced off and explore the site of John Brown's raid. Visit Antietam and other battlefields nearby. This KOA puts you in the heart of Civil War country, 65 miles from the nation's capital. Weekends are capped by a ceremonial cannon-firing at the on-site Civil War Reenactment Museum. Shop for Civil War souvenirs at the campground store.

The KOA boasts 280 sites, 42 Kabins/Lodges, conference center, gym, movie theater and an Olympic-sized pool. Hardwood trees glow with color in the fall here, where three states meet at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. It's great for tubing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Your hosts can arrange outings. Ready to bike? The Appalachian Trail and the C & O Canal run through town, just two miles away.

Platte River State Park-Louisville, NE
Platte River State Park in eastern Nebraska offers some of the most challenging trails for the mountain biker who wants an unforgettable experience and a fantastic view of the Platte River valley. Most trail surfaces are natural, but some are wood chipped. Over 10 miles of rugged mountain biking trails exist in this 416 acre park for those highly skilled at mountain biking. There are cabins with and without fireplaces available year round.
The restaurant and all services are open during summer season, but some services are cut back during the winter.

Not far from Platte River State Park is the half-mile long Lied Platte River Bridge that offers a 3-mile trail that has spectacular scenic views of the wide Platte River.  Bald eagles use this water course and are frequently seen fishing on the sand bars.

Come camp next to a trench where Civil War soldiers faced off and explore the site of John Brown's raid. Visit Antietam and other battlefields nearby. This KOA puts you in the heart of Civil War country, 65 miles from the nation's capital. Weekends are capped by a ceremonial cannon-firing at the on-site Civil War Reenactment Museum. Shop for Civil War souvenirs at the campground store.

The KOA boasts 280 sites, 42 Kabins/Lodges, conference center, gym, movie theater and an Olympic-sized pool. Hardwood trees glow with color in the fall here, where three states meet at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. It's great for tubing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Your hosts can arrange outings. Ready to bike? The Appalachian Trail and the C & O Canal run through town, just two miles away.

Platte River State Park-Louisville, NE
Platte River State Park in eastern Nebraska offers some of the most challenging trails for the mountain biker who wants an unforgettable experience and a fantastic view of the Platte River valley. Most trail surfaces are natural, but some are wood chipped. Over 10 miles of rugged mountain biking trails exist in this 416 acre park for those highly skilled at mountain biking. There are cabins with and without fireplaces available year round.
The restaurant and all services are open during summer season, but some services are cut back during the winter.

Not far from Platte River State Park is the half-mile long Lied Platte River Bridge that offers a 3-mile trail that has spectacular scenic views of the wide Platte River.  Bald eagles use this water course and are frequently seen fishing on the sand bars.

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