Metroparks encourages riders of all skill levels and ages to experience the Beach Ridge Trail at Oak Openings. This new 12-mile trail offers fast riding with optional obstacles throughout to increase the difficulty if you’re game for the challenge. The natural terrain of Northwest Ohio is a great place for riders of all abilities and fitness levels to get started. So whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced rider, come enjoy nature and get outside yourself on two wheels.
The Beach Ridge Trail
Built and maintained by volunteers with the support of and guidance of Metroparks Toledo, the full 12.1-mile singletrack trail is now open. With 12 unique bridges and other obstacles along the narrow, scenic path, riders can enjoy a nice afternoon ride or get after it with a group of friends. Don’t expect black diamond jumps and drops, but get ready for the best seasonal trail riding in the area.
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Metroparks offers instructional programs and group rides for all levels to get you on the bike and out on the trail. If you’re just getting started, look for an Introductory 101 course led by Metroparks staff or a local expert. We also offer more advanced programs if you’re looking to master your skills or maybe learn some new ones. Keep an eye on the park calendar to find the next available program or free group ride.
Yes. This is a great trail for all ages and skill levels assuming the rider is comfortable and stable on two wheels. Take is it slowly and ride with a friend if you have concerns when starting out.
Not exactly. The trail surface is mostly dirt and sand. While knobby tires will help with traction, riders don't need a bike with full or front suspension. Most fitness or hybrid bikes with thick tires and multiple gears would be appropriate. If you have questions about your bike, give your local bike shop a call before you hit the trail.
Wear a helmet and proper safety gear and ride with a partner in case of emergency. Be prepared, be cautious and enjoy the trails!
Volunteers meet twice weekly throughout the year to trim and maintain the trail. Metroparks supports the volunteer group with tree removal and larger maintenance projects.
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer coordinator, Meredith Busic (419-407-9841).
Please contact the park ranger at (419-407-9718) with the loop name.
We prefer if you wait a day or two for the trail to dry out. This will keep the trail in good shape and prevent ruts and long term damage. If you have questions about trail conditions, visit the Beach Ridge Trail Facebook group to see who has been riding recently.
For the safety of other riders, hikers and for that of the dog, Metroparks does not allow dogs on the Beach Ridge Trail. Additionally, Metroparks requires dogs to be on leash when on other trails within the park.
While designed for mountain biking, the trail is also available for hiking; so, please be respectful and request hikers’ yield when necessary.
The total length of the full trail is 12.1 miles long. There are several smaller loops within the full circuit. Our trail map outlines all options.
Someone with an average skill set should be able to complete the full 12.1 miles in about 2 hours.
All obstacles are optional.
Park at the Springbrook Lake Area Trailhead off of Waterville Swanton Rd. Future trailheads are planned and will provide additional access.
Check out this volunteer run Facebook group to see who has been riding recently. Generally though, we advise waiting a day or two following a heavy rain. This helps keep the trails in good shape and keeps the mud out of your chain.
The Beach Ridge trail is great for all skill levels, but it's important to always be cautious on a new trail. If you have any questions about the trail or your ability, start slowly and work your way up as you build your skills. Make sure that you and your bike are both ready to hit the trail. Wear a helmet and proper safety gear and ride with a partner in case of emergency. Be prepared, be cautious and enjoy the trails!
Take your time getting to know the trail at a slow speed. Look for signage and be aware of trail conditions.
Get to know the features and build confidence on the trail. Practice the obstacles and make mental notes.
Work your way up to faster speeds as you become more familiar with the trail and its features.
Before riding, always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic.
If you are not completely familiar with your bike and its various components, these checklist items, or if you have any doubt as to your bike's condition, we highly recommend you check with a qualified bike mechanic for further advice.
Although the Beach Ridge Trail is suitable for all ages, mountain biking involves the risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.