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From what I was told, it's one of the hardest and more difficult terrain one could find on the East Coast. Def MTB
I'm headed there this afternoon to MTB. Do you like technical terrain? As in rocks, rocks and more rocks? Then take the mtb. Here's a link to the race courses for the Michaux endurance series. There's a race in the southern, middle and northern parts of the forest. https://gettysburgbicycle.com/?page_id=22. There is a FB Group called Mountain Bikers of Michaux. Post in there for more ride suggestions.
The gravel is also good. The Iron Cross race started in 2002 or 2003, before the current wave of gravel races. Just riding the top of the ridges, Piney Mountain Ridge Road and Ridge Road, is a nice ride.
A 50 mile gravel ride I did earlier this year. Starts at the Big Flat ATV lot, which has a pit toilet and is centrally located so you can stop and refuel. Has a bunch of pavement too. It uses some of the Iron Cross course.
If you want to ride the named roads that the normies would drive their car down, the gravel bike is the move.
If you want to ride the forrest roads that the locals ride their dirt bikes and atvs down, the moutain bike is the move.
PM me after you go. I'd like to hear what route you ended up choosing and how it worked out for you.
Another note, Michaux has a lot of users. Currently archery hunting is in season and I think bear season is too. Just riding the paved roads through Michaux this past weekend you could feel the pressure in the woods...lots of animals on the move and vehicles parked at trailheads. I also saw a LOT of cyclists oblivious to this wearing dark clothes. Just be careful and realize that there are many reasons to be in the woods and not everyone is expecting a cyclist to be out in the boonies.