By: Tim Donaldson
Ride – “Rumble on the Ridge” in Adena, Ohio
Entrance to "Rumble on the Ridge"
The earth trembled and the ground shook. Loud
noises echoed through the distant woods. Was
there an earthquake? Did an asteroid strike the
ground, sending shock waves through the feet of
those strong enough to remain standing? Had Paul
Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox, the mythical king
of lumberjacks, started to log timber through
the rolling hills of eastern Ohio? No! These
thunderous sounds emanated in Adena, Ohio at a
multi-occasion event called “Rumble on the
Powerline ATV Trail
However, don’t let the name scare you. The
event is geared towards the entire family. After
talking with David Lengyel, event spokesperson,
people get the wrong idea when they hear the
name “Rumble on the Ridge.” “They automatically
assume that it is a big race,” says David. “The
trails have been groomed to be inviting, even to
the youngsters riding 50cc or 90cc machines.”
Rumble on the Ridge is a 27+ mile,
single-direction trail ride located on the 3,000
acre property of the Shortcreek Sportsman Club,
Inc. A private club, the Shortcreek Sportsman
Club was established approximately 10 years ago.
Members enjoy fishing, camping, and ATV riding.
In an effort to raise funds, the club organized
the “Rumble” ATV rally which has taken place
several times each of the past 7 years.
This year’s season opener, on April 14, 2007,
brought in 3,265 riders. Although not a record,
this is still an amazing number considering the
unseasonably cool weather conditions of that
weekend. Two years ago, the event hosted
approximately 5,000 riders. David Lengyel
mentioned that the increased numbers of the past
event were likely due to better weather
Can-Am brought their new models to
showcase at the event.
Even so, the event had plenty to offer.
Fisher’s ATV World was hosting auditions for 3
riders to participate in a 400 Class 4x4 ATV
Shootout. Winners would participate in a special
taping of the show following the event. Brian
Fisher was on hand signing autographs and
greeting fans. Also, Can-Am brought in some new
models for riders to test. As an added bonus,
all entrants to “Rumble on the Ridge” received a
ticket for a special drawing, with the winner
taking home their own Can-Am 400 Outlander.
One of the many hill to conquer during
your trail ride.
Once making it to the trails, we experienced
a relatively easy course with opportunities to
bypass sections that were more difficult, making
it easier for novice riders. Those wishing to
push themselves had the opportunity to do so on
at least 2 relatively large mud bogs and a trail
specifically designated muddy. Hills were mostly
rut and debris free with the overall trail
widths being large enough to accommodate
multiple lanes of traffic.
One of the many mud holes and some could
eat your ATV alive.
Being a first-time visitor and having very
little expectations other than riding with
thousands of ATV enthusiasts, I was thrilled by
the experience. We rode the loop 2 times within
the 8-hour time period allotted for riding. The
traffic flowed well, and we only ran into one
bottleneck where some people were stuck in the
Don’t worry if you’re feeling disappointed
that you missed an opportunity to take part in
all of the fun and excitement of “Rumble on the
Ridge”. There are two more events scheduled for
this year. The tentative dates are May 26, 2007
and September 22, 2007. Check their website for
more details or up-to-date information at
Gates open the afternoon before the event at
3 p.m. for camping and registration. Camping
costs are $20 per vehicle. Event costs are $20
per adult and $15 per youth rider. The event
staff did a fine job handling incoming traffic
and did their best to make the transit times
into the area as quickly as possible. In an
effort to further expedite this process, the
club recommends downloading and completing all
waiver forms before arrival.
See you at the Rumble!