Berliner Park, with its 2.6 miles of singletrack and skills park, is perfect for an after-work session. Actually, it’s so close that you could squeeze in a lap or two during your lunch hour. Keep your bike on your rack to be prepared to go any time the trails are dry enough—check the Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO) website for conditions, as trails are closed when wet.
Opened in 2020, the new trails are incorporated into the long-existing Lou Berliner Sports Park, better known for its 31 baseball and softball diamonds. Parking is normally free but $5 when a tournament is happening, so check Berliner’s website for tournament schedules.
Combine MTB trails with Scioto Trail
Follow signs for singletrack and park at the Scioto Lot; from here pick up a trailhead at either the north end of the lot, for the North Loop (1.6 miles), or the trailhead at the south end of the lot, for the South Loop (1 mile). The linear Skills Park connects the two—the Skills Park has natural and wooden features that progress from beginner to expert, including jumps and banked turns (all of which can be skirted). The two narrow loops are non-technical, forested singletrack. You can also hop on a connector to the paved Scioto Trail, which parallels the singletrack for 1.7 miles. It’s easy to make one or multiple loops out of all of these trails to get the distance you desire.