Spanning a modest 10 miles, Jamestown's Cobblestone Loop is a peculiar mix of terrains that beguiles as much as it satisfies. Tucked in various green spots around the southern side of Jamestown, North Dakota, this very easy-level loop offers everything from flat stretches to occasional steep climbs. It's a trail that has something for everyone, but perhaps not enough of any one thing to be considered exceptional.
This loop starts off with some intriguing single tracks alongside the river and meanders through a network of woodland trails. Then, it transitions into a simple mowed path running parallel to the road. The northeastern part is flat and rather unchallenging, making it best suited for cyclists looking to clock in easy miles.
Contrary to the flat northeastern section, the southern area of the trail offers real climbs and downhills, particularly near the hillside. If you're after elevation, this area might make your pedal strokes feel more rewarding. However, there's a catch: the vertical stats seem inconsistent, with one rider reporting 1400 feet of elevation gain during the ride.
Maps for navigating the loop are available at the info center atop the hill—a trip for which a car is advisable. While some sections are well-maintained with freshly mowed grass, the trail, unfortunately, lacks proper markings for ease of navigation.
Jamestown's Cobblestone Loop provides a convenient, near-freeway experience for those looking to get a quick ride in. Although it may not offer the thrills or technical features that more serious riders seek, it does provide a variety of terrain that could serve as a good introduction for novices or a casual ride for locals. Offering no more than an average cycling experience, the trail might not have you raving, but it won't have you regretting your time either.