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By: Tim Donaldson

Places to Ride: Crow Canyon Riding Park - Uhrichsville, Ohio

Some of the many trails available at Crow Canyon
Some of the many trails available at Crow Canyon

Few animals have as ominous a reputation as the crow. Literary and fanciful representations depict the bird as a harbinger of doom. However, don’t let the name, Crow Canyon, fool you into thinking that this place is a jaded crevice in the ground that’s ready to gorge on your quad as you ride by! Crow Canyon, known as Ohio’s Premiere Riding Park, is a venue with which to bring the whole family.

Various hill climbs available for those who like to shoot hills
Various hill climbs available for those who like to shoot hills

Located near Uhrichsville, Ohio, Crow Canyon’s 400+ acres offers something for every type of rider with challenges to please the novice riders to the experts. There are numerous hill climbs, trails through the woods, mud bogs, open field riding for beginners, and two separate motocross tracks with one being for youth riders only! All riders must be 18 years-old to ride or have a parent or guardian with them.

Action Extreme Sports Shop
Action Extreme Sports Shop

Upon entry into the park, riders will immediately notice one exception that is different from all other riding spots–a full-service parts and accessories shop.  Action Extreme Sports (AES) is the resident parts and repair shop and Tomberlin ATV dealer. Often times, if you have problems out on the trail, you’re done for the day. With that in mind, how often can you go out for a ride and stop by the maintenance shop for a quick fix to hit the trails, again, on the same day?

The MX track which is available to those wanting to polish up on their racing skills
The MX track which is available to those wanting to polish up on their racing skills


Pee Wee MX track

AES Promotions LLC, owned and operated by Chuck Bingham and Jeff Ricker, is open for business during the same hours as the riding park which is open daily, 7 days a week, from 10 am to 6 pm. However, Crow Canyon’s riding park is closed to trail riding during AMA-sanctioned motocross events. Sorry, District 12 has recently dropped quads from their endorsement schedule, so there are no motos for those wishing to race at the motocross! Quad riders on sport bikes can, nevertheless, enjoy the motocross track on non-race days.

Those looking for mud, that's here too!
Those looking for mud, that's here too!

Also, of special interest to Crow Canyon, is their upcoming, 5th annual, Turkey Run. The event will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features a 10-mile trail loop for riders to traverse. All riders are welcome. Last year’s event brought in over 700 riders for the day. Crow Canyon’s Jeff Ricker, commenting about this year’s event stated, “KTM will be on hand with all of their off-road and MX bikes. They will also have their new quads to demo, as well.” Another big name at the event will be Yamaha which will showcase their Grizzly 700 with power steering and Rhino sport utility vehicles.

 

For a limited time Crow Canyon will be offering a special primitive camping rate for those wishing to ride and stay over the weekend. The weekend camping/riding rate is $25.00. Normal, daily riding fees throughout the year at Crow Canyon are $15.00.

If you’re looking for an adventure, Crow Canyon is the place to go.  Don’t worry, the crows won’t fly by and pluck your eyeballs out! You’re supposed to be wearing eye protection, anyhow. For more information about Crow Canyon’s Riding Park or scheduled events, visit their website @ www.crowcanyonmx.com or call 740-922-6655.


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