Our partnership with CORA will bring a mountain biking skills course to an underutilized wing of Mt. Airy Forest.
This enhancement project is in partnership with the Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) to add 3+ miles of mountain biking trails, and include two major features: a ½-mile beginner skills course, and a ½-mile beginner natural surface trail course, both accessible to cyclists of all levels.
First of its kind for Cincinnati
Cincinnati Parks Foundation has partnered with CORA to build a mountain biking skills course and improved trail system within Cincinnati's largest city park, Mt. Airy Forest. Over 3 miles of trails and skills course will be constructed, which will connect with existing bike trails through the park. The project incorporates the renovation of an adjacent comfort station, and the inclusion of an ADA walkway. It will be the first professionally designed and built beginner natural surface trail experience within the city of Cincinnati.
About the Mountain Biking Skills Course
This professionally designed mountain biking skills course will be accessible to cyclists of all levels. The elements of the course focus on developing bike handling skills and techniques through progressive trail obstacles which simulate obstacles that may be found while riding on natural surface trails. Elevation changes will be minimal, and the trail will be wide to accommodate both novice users and adaptive equipment. This trail will link to paved infrastructure within the park, a mountain bike trail currently under construction in a different area of the park, the extensive existing natural surface trail system in Mt. Airy Forest, and a future proposed 4.5-mile paved bike loop. This project will provide an active outdoor experience that is accessible to all ages and skill levels within the adjacent communities that will benefit greatly from increased connectivity to nature.
Why a Mountain Biking Skills Course?
A mountain bike skills course enables more access to the sport by removing physical and emotional barriers for would-be bikers, old and young. Many trails in the area have significant barriers to access like advanced technical or physical ability, or traveling to remote areas. The proposed course is a controlled environment where riders can learn the technical skills at slower speeds. Locating the course within Mt. Airy Forest creates easier access for urban communities.
CORA is a volunteer-led organization building, preserving, and advocating for more miles of sustainable, multi-use natural surface trail connecting the communities of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and has over 20 years of experience stewarding and building trails throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. They steward over 100 miles of trail, including at Mt. Airy Forest.