Wellsville / Yellow Creek Ohio aka The Forbidden Zone Campground

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Wellsville / Yellow Creek Ohio aka The Forbidden Zone Campground

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Does anyone on here ever ride the legendary Wellsville Ohio trails?
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Wellsville aka the Forbidden Zone Campground is $20/day to ride or ride/camp, & well worth it... Most of the land surrounding the 175 acre dirtbike/ATV/SxS/4x4 campground property are massive plots owned by land holding companies who just log them occasionally or have oil/gas/mineral rights to them, and most of the trails are on those lands.





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Re: Wellsville / Yellow Creek Ohio aka The Forbidden Zone Campground

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More of my recent Wellsville trail ride:
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And some more video footage from others:



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Re: Wellsville / Yellow Creek Ohio aka The Forbidden Zone Campground

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This most recent ride of mine claimed my right Myler's radiator after falling more in 6 or 7 hours at Wellsville than I have in the past few years of all rides combined!

I told my buddy Alan to take me to the big gnarly rock sections at Wellsville. He said he wasn't really into riding them, but I wanted to, and the rock sections proved to hold a lot of really gnarly stuff that was beyond my current ability! Alan fared better than myself, but I apparently have a severe thirst for getting my @$$ handed to me trying to eventually conquer the hardest technical sections... Well, I already knew that!
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After repeatedly dropping my bike in the rocks, one final blow cracked my bent radiator when I sent the bike up without me aboard and watched it bounce off boulders, and somehow stay on two wheels making a U-turn coming right back down to the rock ledge where I parted ways with my beloved KDX momentarily, after it smacking my pipe into every giant rock on the way... Despite my Devol guards, I somehow bent my expansion chamber in so much that it bent my radiator nearly an inch in from the bottom corner which is unprotected by the guards...
It looks like I'll be running an FMF Gnarly Woods pipe on the modified 220 now, as that's the only pipe out of 5 H-series KDX pipes that I have which is not severely bent or dented!
I really need to custom fabricate a better pipe guard that's braced/supported off of the frame like some of the cage type guards that are available for late model Austrian bikes, which I have seen custom fabricated for the KDX's. It only makes sense that I need something like this if I'm going to continue on my quest for punishment & eventually extreme gratification on the steep gnarly rocky technical sections.




Here's a map screenshot showing where to find the largest concentration of the Hard Enduro type rocky ravines and rocky creek sections circled in purple. The one to the right has some rocky climbs nearest the R.R. Trx, and then leads up to the overlook spot if you follow my red GPS tracks.
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The green dot is my start/finish points at the Forbidden Zone Campground, and I roughly drew yellow arrows on the route to both drive in, and then on bike down one of the powerline hill climbs and hanging a right and follow the creek named Rocky Run. I scribbled "road in" (barely legible in yellow) on the steep rugged dirt/gravel road that leads up to the campground off of the gravel road named Township Highway 306. Lots of rocky climb trails can be seen coming directly off of that campground road in there as well, which I have yet to ride.
From the campground/parking area, if you head down the main power line clear cut area with quarter mile long hill climbs, at the bottom of I believe the one off to the left coming from the campground road, you hang a right and follow that creek which is very aptly named Rocky Run on the USGS maps. That eventually goes all the way to a large culvert pipe under the railroad tracks before dumping into the Ohio River. Everything surrounding that is extremely steep and filled with rocky ravines and boulder sections on hillsides.
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Re: Wellsville / Yellow Creek Ohio aka The Forbidden Zone Campground

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Sweet pics, looks like you had a good time. I have friends in Ohio that go fairly often, I just havent had a chance to make it with them yet. I think they said something about a Turkey shoot there this weekend they were going to
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