Cranberry TWP, little known trail system used by locals.

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Cranberry TWP, little known trail system used by locals.

Postby ladieu » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:05 pm

If anyone lives in or near Cranberry TWP this is a cool little known local place to ride.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/2734363
http://tinyurl.com/33pfws <-- google maps

It is of dubious legality and I take no responsibility for you using the area!!

I would never suggest taking the group to this area. I can't stress enough that it is at your own risk!

It is well used by the locals. I always see fresh dog tracks and footprints when I am back there. Also I often see or hear the ATVs and I see them parked in many of the yards in developments that i pass when using the trails. I even see a mountain biker now and again. (though rarely).

The trails through the woods here connect many of the developments. I run these trails with my dogs on a weekly basis and have mountain biked back there many times as well, never had a problem.


The trails are pretty wide ATV type stuff but can be challenging due to the massive ruts the ATV tires put in them. Also the puddles look innocent enough but sometimes are a few feet deep, so stick to the edge of ANY puddle or you might flip over your handlebars (not that I have done that :oops: )

How to get there

Park behind Target on 228 and make a left on the road that runs behind target.
When you hit a stop sign make a right and proceed up a dirt road. Eventually you will enter what appears to be a dump or sorts. You shouldn't have much trouble finding all of the trails that go around this area. There are lots of jumps and cool little things everywhere. There is a trail that veers off to the left into the woods. The map above covers 4+ miles but there are many other trails I haven't been on.

On the GPS above I enter through the rear of a development. I only do this when on foot. On the bike please use the dirt road.

Its a nice place to go if you want a quick run or ride without having to drive 20+ minutes to get to a park.
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Postby spurk » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:49 pm

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yeah those deep mud holes suck.
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Postby drumbum » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:16 pm

Thanks for posting--I have the day off tomorrow and plan to go check it out, maybe take some pictures for those interested.
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Postby Adelino » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:28 pm

I did a bit of investigating on the Cranberry township property finder
http://www.cranberrytownship.org/proper ... story.html

It looks like that whole parcel north of Skyview Dr is zoned as a "Special Growth District" Owner is Cranberry Park Associates. I don't know if that's related to the parks dept ?
The other stuff to the south is Business/Commercial. That looks like it's all private.
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Postby drumbum » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:35 pm

Wonder if that is really this:

Cranberry Business Park Associates
210 W. Kensinger Drive, Ste.400
Cranberry Twp.,, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 779-3892
Fax (724) 779-3895
Email: rdonley@chaskapa.com
Contact: Richard Donley

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE :evil:
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Postby ladieu » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:52 am

Well its in cranberry so you need to ride it before it becomes the parking lot of some big box retailer.
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Postby ladieu » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:57 am

I started to mark up the map in google with a few POI. Not much of a start but I at least labeled the entrances. I will mark it up more later

http://tinyurl.com/yvnfy3

also here is a permalink to the GPS data as the motion based link will eventually die

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://ni ... trails.kml
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Postby drumbum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:06 am

Thanks for the more detailed maps. Like I mentioned, I hope to go check it out within the next 2 or 3 hours.
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Postby ladieu » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:10 am

Oh one more thing. Sorry to keep posting. To view my POI and the GPS line on one page first visit

http://tinyurl.com/yvnfy3

then paste

http://nick.savvior.com/ktml/ATV_trails.kml

into the search bar and hit "search maps" and it will show you my points and the line on the same page. Then hit the "my maps" tab to get the legend back.

I haven't figured out how to make a link that will have both things on it. Probably with some javascripting I could make the link work.



I have found that if you zoom the whole way in on google you can see almost all of the trails.
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Postby drumbum » Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:41 pm

Alright, I went and checked it out this afternoon. Saw what looked like one other set of mtb tire tracks. I parked at the target and rode the path you suggested. Felt alittle iffy while crossing over that chain blocking off the road.

Went to the left and rode down to your "alternate parking area"...saw a couple jumps that would look fun if fixed up, and saw lotsa ATV tracks. Took your advice and avoided some of those huge ruts--they are DEEEEEP!!!

Went back up to the weird dump area and followed the trail to where it dumps out in that neighborhood near partridge drive. I saw some sort of paintball course (or something??) in the woods, and several zooming creek crossings and STEEP downhills. Wanted to get to the 79 overlook but didnt have time/energy to go up and down the hills. At the end, I cut over by the pond and looked at it's disgustingness. Forgot my camera, so I don't have any pictures!

Looks like it has the potential to be a really fun riding spot, but unfortunately it will never make it due to it's dubious legality.

Would like to ride it one more time at some point...
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Postby ladieu » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:51 am

Yeah i know what you mean about the chain. If you feel iffy about the chain I would suggest going up through the alternate lot. I am probably going up there tonight to walk my dogs. I will take some photos

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Postby ladieu » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:35 pm

Here are a few pics of the area. To view all the pics go to

http://nick.savvior.com/atvtrail/

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Postby xteife » Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:13 am

I work in Cranberry Woods, which is essentially right across Rt228 from this, and I had no idea all that was back there. I'll have to bring the quad to work sometime and check it out. ;)

Nice silo.

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Re: Cranberry TWP, little known trail system used by locals.

Postby lowell » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:34 pm

Hi,

I live on rown rd and was looking for a good way to ride to cranberry woods without getting on franklin rd. do you know of any access to these paths from within the housing developments?

Thanks,

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Re: Cranberry TWP, little known trail system used by locals.

Postby gearhead313 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:35 am

that all used to be quad/dirtbike stuff... is there actually enough to mtb on?
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