Long a favorite with local riders, Gunstock provides several family-friendly bicycling options.
In the off-season, you and your family will enjoy riding the various roads and trails that wind through the camp sites. The camp site riding is suitable for riders with either mountain bikes or hybrids. You can park at the main lot or by the cross-country skiing building on the access road. If you park in the main lot, take the road around the side of the main lodge (between the lodge and the pond) and stay to the right. This will take you back towards the camp ground. When you get to the big field, look up the mountain on your left and you’ll see the remains of the historic old wooden ski-jumps. If you take the turns to the right, you’ll enter some of the more wooded camping areas. Also look for signs for the trail through the swamp – its an elevated boardwalk that kids and parents will both enjoy with the opportunity to see wildlife – including the resident beaver. Note that the swamp trail is not recommended for very young children as there are numerous places that they could fall in!
If you park by the cross-country skiing building, you have several options. You can enter the camping area directly behind the building, or you can cross the street and access the network of cross-country skiing trails. Most of these trails are well-suited to family riding – but there are some sections with steep hills that may be a challenge for younger children. It is highly recommended that only mountain bikes be used on the cross-country skiing trails.
If your children are just learning to ride, you can take advantage of the various parking lots or grassy fields.
One last note, you will probably want to avoid the cross-country skiing trails if there have been recent heavy rains – unless you and your family like the mud! The campsite trails are pretty good no matter what the weather.
Visit the Gunstock Mountain Resort web site to learn more about bicycle riding, camping, and other great year-round activities.
View the mountain biking trail map (Note: This is the same as the Gunstock Nordic Trails Map for cross country skiing)