Embedded above is a compilation of helmet camera footage we captured at Seven Springs. It shows most of what the place has to offer feature wise. Helmet cameras can be deceptive in showing scale, difficulty, and trail details so take it with a grain of salt.
Seven Springs is a relatively old riding destination hosting several large downhill races in the early 2000’s. Recently they’ve refocused their attention on creating a more park type riding experience, creating trails suitable for beginners and experts. Seven Springs’ new construction started with a single trail a few years ago called 007 and has now grown to about 5 major trails. All are serviced by their high speed lift that can get 1-3 people to the top in about 5-7 minutes.
007 berm (click to enlarge)
The trails at Seven Springs are mostly oriented to the beginner to advanced rider. Experts won’t find much challenging terrain. Not to say experts can’t have lots of fun at Seven Springs, but they just haven’t developed trails with much difficulty at this point. The trails are created with flow in mind using just under 800 feet of elevation to its advantage by traversing the mountain face. We’d suggest bringing a slopestyle / mini-DH bike with about 6″ of travel or so for the most fun at Seven Springs. There isn’t much need for a full on downhill bike or a dual crown fork.
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The two easier trails (Rock N Roll and 007) are both the longest ways down the mountain. Rock N Roll is a nice rolling trail for beginners. It is relatively smooth without any jumps or obstacles. 007 is Seven Springs’ main jump trail. The jumps on 007 are well built tabletops with wide take off’s and landings. Several other trails feed back into 007 or you can branch off of 007 to lower EC1 for a bit more challenging terrain. The lower part of 007 offers riders some nicely bermed switchbacks before plunging back into the woods for some fast singletrack action to the finish area under the lift.
007 hip jump (click to enlarge)
The more difficult trails offer a little bit more challenging terrain in the form of several rock gardens and moderate sized drops. The rock sections aren’t immensely technical and the drops are easily distinguishable. Eric Carter himself lent a hand in creating some of these trails, namely EC1.
lower EC1 rock garden (click to enlarge)
super connector drop (click to enlarge)
Frankenstein is Seven Springs’ newest trail. It features the most technical terrain in the park with more rock gardens than the other difficult trails. All of the advanced trails lead to the showtime jumps if you don’t turn off on 007. The showtime jumps are very large table tops that allow for maximum air time before finishing back at the lift.
Frankenstein rock garden
Showtime jumps (click to enlarge)
Other notable travel info:
Seven Springs is located in western Pennsylvania which leaves a lot of distance to many other list assisted resorts or parks. Wisp, however, is only about an hour away to the south in Maryland. It’s another smaller resort that compliments Seven Springs well and is often rode the same weekend when traveling to Seven Springs and vice versa. Seven Springs has several onsite lodging options or you can find a hotel about 20 minutes from the resort. We suggest staying the main lodge as the rooms are well furnished and the restaurant features a great breakfast buffet.
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If you’re interested in other activities Seven Springs has you covered with various options such as UTV rides, sporting clays, golf, alpine slide, and much more. Seven Springs carries a full line of riding gear for sale as well as Kona bikes to rent in case you need to borrow a bike for the day or stock up on gear.