Singletrack trail riding at Oak Openings Preserve delivers thrills for mountain bike fans across the midwest.
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.
Learn More about Mountain Biking
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.
Trail Overview Video
The Beach Ridge Trails is a great test for both beginners and more advanced riders.
Volunteer Built and Volunteer Maintained
With over 3,100 volunteer hours invested since August of 2016, the Beach Ridge trail was built by 200+ members of the local riding community with the support and guidance of the Metroparks. Volunteers continue to care for the trail on a weekly basis making this a special collaboration between the Metroparks and its users.
If you’re interested in volunteering or helping maintain the trail, please learn more by contacting volunteer coordinator, Annie Devine at (419-407-9841).
Where's the trail?
Park at the Springbrook Lake Area Trailhead off of Waterville Swanton Rd. Future trailheads are planned and will provide additional access.
Looking for trail conditions? 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.
Mountain Bike Checklist
Before riding, always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic.
- Ensure helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted.
- Inspect bike frame for cracks, damaged or dented areas.
- Ensure you have sufficient brake pads to stop.
- Front and rear axles (skewers) should be tight.
- Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
- Check that your tires are in good condition and properly inflated.
- Handle bar & handle grips must be tight and unable to spin.
- Seat and seat post need to be fastened securely.
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.
Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code
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.
- Stay in Control—You are responsible for avoiding objects and people.
- Know Your Limits—Ride within your ability.
- Protect Yourself—Use an appropriate bike and helmet.
- Inspect and Maintain Your Equipment—Know your bike and its components prior to riding.
- Inspect the Trails and Features—Conditions change quickly; be aware of unexpected debris on the trail.
- Obey Signs and Warnings—Stay on marked trails only. Ride in the direction indicated. Do not cut switchbacks.
- Be Visible—Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, or are not visible to other riders.
- Look Out for Others—When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead. Be aware of two-way traffic and hikers.
- Cooperate—Please assist if you are involved in or witness a collision or accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can kids or beginners ride this trail?
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.
Do I need a mountain bike?
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.
Is safety gear required?
Wear a helmet and proper safety gear and ride with a partner in case of emergency. Be prepared, be cautious and enjoy the trails!
Who maintains 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, Annie Devine (419-407-9841).
What do I do if I find a downed tree?
Please contact the park ranger at (419-360-9179) with the loop name.
Can I ride when the trail is wet?
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.
Are dogs allowed on the trail?
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.
Are hikers allowed on the trail?
While designed for mountain biking, the trail is also available for hiking; so, please be respectful and request hikers’ yield when necessary.