Craighead Forest Park offers the outdoor enthusiast a brisk workout of any of the park's walking, hiking, or biking trails. Approximately 15 miles of mountain bike trails weave through the forest, 2.4 miles of chat trail skirt the lake's edge, and 2.9 miles of paved road circle the park. The park also offers an exclusive area for ATV riders, and many of the wooded trails also accommodate horses. For a more complete nature experience, three trails lead to the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center.
Mountain Bikers will find trails for all skill levels within the confines of the park. Beginner trails are inside the loop road and have trailheads located at Access #5 and Access #6. The beginner trail is approximately 4 miles in length. The more advanced trail begins just behind the bathroom at Pavilion # 1 and winds its way around to the South side of the park before connecting to the beginner section of the trail. The entire trail is 11.7 miles in length and a test for even the most seasoned rider.
ATVs, Horseback Riding & Hiking
- ATV enthusiasts are welcome to ride all the trails in the Northwest section of the park. The ATV riding area extends from the parking lot on Craighead Forest Road west to South Culberhouse.
- Horseback riding is also permitted in the park. There are no marked trails for horses, but horse enthusiasts may take a nice trail ride on several trails located outside the main road that circles the park.
- Horses are not allowed on any trails that are inside of the road that circles the park.
- All trails are open for hiking. In addition to the mountain bike trails and ATV trails, walkers and runners are invited to spend a little time on the 2.4 mile chat trail that circles the lake.