Best Of 2019

Best Maintained Mountain Bike Trail: Mitchell Memorial Forest

Cincinnati weather can make it difficult to keep up a hobby of mountain biking — one day of rain can keep some bike trails closed for many days after because of a lack of maintenance or a lack of effort. But Mitchell Memorial Forest in Cleves has got it together with their handmade and challenging but safe trails, created and maintained to the standards of the Cincinnati Off Road Alliance. Mitchell Memorial is also vigilant about openings and closings: They have an active Facebook page that alerts followers to when trails are closed and when they re-open after bad weather. This is especially impressive because this park has one of the longest mountain biking trail system around Cincinnati, coming in at eight full miles. They even have open events for volunteers to help with trail maintenance. No other park in the Queen City puts this much effort in to make sure that if you crash, it definitely isn’t the trail’s fault. Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves, greatparks.org.