Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Aug 23, 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
The Mountain Creek Bike Park is a popular mid-Atlantic destination for downhill and mountain bikers alike. Voted the best bike park in the Mid-Atlantic by mtbparks.com from 2013-2015, the Mountain Creek park just keeps getting better with additional trails open for this summer.
The closest lift-served biking to New York City, Mountain Creek is a solid East Coast biking destination with 51 downhill and freeride trails, over 10 miles of cross-country trail, a weekly race series and a waterpark.
Recommended Trails and Rides
1. Novice/First Timer
The Park’s easiest route, Greenhorn winds from the top of the gondola, across the mountain, flowing back to the base. It’s a long, fun introduction to downhill.
Mountain Creek’s intermediate trails are short and flowy and tight and turny. Start at the top on Ego Trip, and connect to Greenhorn for an easier ride, or take Greenhorn partway down and hop onto Domboo or Deviant.
Salvation is one of the park’s signature runs, a double black route with lots of flow and features galore. Take the turns on high-speed berms, while choosing the challenges you want to try. The hardest features offer detours, making this a perfect trail to build your skills from advanced to expert. If you’re looking for the jump line, check out Upper and Lower Dominion.
4. Don’t Miss Trail
Following the mountain’s fall line, Alpine offers constant turning and plenty of features. Upper Alpine is rated black, while Lower Alpine is rated green. Start on blue Breakout (or several other trails at the top of the lift) and finish up on intermediate Domboo.
5. Best Jump Line
Connect Dominion to Salvation.
6. Best Flow Trail
Flowy fun from the top of the mountain, intermediate Breakout curves under the lift before connecting to Upper Alpine, Crap Chute or Greenhorn.
7. Best Single Track
Start your cross-country explorations on Red Tail, in the Mountain Creek backcountry. With 10 miles of trail, you can explore it all in one morning or afternoon.
What Makes Mountain Creek Bike Special
Among the best uphill capacity in the country and a huge variety of trails from technical rocky trails to manmade flow trails attract riders to Mountain Creek and keep them coming back.
Located adjacent to the Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Reserve, Mountain Creek’s cross-country trails take you through the woods and wind near eight mountain top lakes. Trails include single and double track as well as fire and access roads that link the resort’s four summits.
Mountain Creek has a long summer season, from April to October. This year, an adult season pass is $449. Day tickets . This includes a 15% discount on lots of great stuff, ranging from on-mountain eats, to bike rental and repair. Passholders also get free admission to the Waterpark, Friends and Family deals and discounts on lodging.
Miles of Trail & Vertical Feet
Mountain Creek has over 40 miles of lift-served downhill trail and 10 miles of cross-country mountain bike trail and 1,040 feet.
Mountain Creek’s 51 trails welcome riders of all abilities. 30% are rated beginner and intermediate, making the bike park a good destination for novice and family riders. 45% are advanced and a whopping 25% are rated expert only.
The Park is served in style, by a high-speed, open-air gondola.
Equipment Rentals & Lessons
Downhill bike rentals are available for adults and children. Adult rentals are from Specialized and sell out quickly on weekends. Reservations are highly recommended. Kids’ DH bikes are either the Kona Stinky 24” or the Status Grom 24’. All rentals come with SixSixOne protective gear, including a full-face helmet, knee pads and elbow pads and discount bike park tickets.
Private lessons are available for a full day, half day or one-hour. Additional friends or family can be added to any private lesson for a fee. Mountain Creek also offers Experience Downhill packages including a two-hour lesson and bike rental protective equipment for $99.99. If you like what you’ve learned, check out their Experience Downhill Package three-pack and triple your fun.
Eat and Drink
Recover and Relax
The Appalachian has a hot tub to soothe tired muscles. Or, relax in a cabana next to the Lazy River, the Wave Pool or in a treetop overlooking the Mountain Creek Water Park.