With miles and miles of flowing trails, scenic vistas, and amazing terrain Brown County has become a world-class mountain biking destination. Who knew that mountain biking could be this fun...in Indiana no less!
The Brown County State Park, Indiana's largest state park, has a trail system of over 25 miles that has been designed from scratch "by mountain bikers for mountain bikers"... creating that perfect combination of exercise and enjoyment. There is also over 150 miles of trails within a half-hour of Brown County & Nashville!
Other places to ride include eXplore Brown County with 3 Downhill Courses designed for speed and a North Shore Course where riders can test their skills on a wooden path that narrows to a 2 inch wide challenge. Gnaw Bone Camp also offers private trail systems.
Nebo Ridge Trail and Hickory Ridge Trail, both located in Hoosier National Forest, are other popular rides where riders get to travel through some serious back country.
Brown County is big for mountain biking...and for road biking too! According to Bicycling magazine, a 55-mile bike route that travels through Western Bartholomew County and Eastern Brown County is the best in the state. Click here to see the route.
In the Brown County State Park
BrownCountyMountainBiking.com suggests parking at the North Gate Entrance and heading back by riding the North Gate Trail.
Limekiln Trail (~2.2 miles) is a beginner trail and is often described as a roller coaster.
Pine Loop (~1.6 miles) offers moderate terrain and ups and downs. Great for kids and beginners. Intersects with the North Gate trail.
North Gate Trail (~1.1 miles) connects with the North Tower Loop. It has some berms, small rock gardens, stream crossing, light turns and some whoop-de-doos at the end. (This trail is more challenging than Pine Loop but still classified as beginner).
Aynes Loop (~3.4 miles) and North Tower Loop (~3.9 miles) are great for long rides with lengthy climbs and descents – a true Brown County experience.
Green Valley Trail (~5.0 miles) winds through scenic, rolling, green hillsides. A newer trail, one of the most remote trails in the park.
Schooner Trace (~4.1 miles) is a double-black diamond trail with hills, rocks, trees, roots, tight switchbacks and steep climbs. Combine this trail with Walnut Trail (~2.1 miles) for a challenge. Walnut Trail begins at Hesitation Point and covers challenging terrain like rock gardens, tree roots, tight turns and even a log jump. Recommended for advanced riders.
Hesitation Point Trail (~4.8 miles) offers gorgeous views at the top, ridden as an out-and-back or a connector and is one of the most popular trails in the park.
Outside of the Brown County State Park
Hoosier National Forest - Nebo Ridge Trail is a sixteen-mile (~8.6 miles each way) trail between Elkinsville and Story. Parking is limited but available at the North and South ends. If you’re looking for a long, back country ride, connect the Nebo Ridge Trail with the Hickory Ridge Trail, a 48.7 mile trail with a variety of long and short loops and scenic hardwoods. (Also in the Hoosier National Forest).
Gnaw Bone Camp is a privately owned summer camp offering 25 miles of un-groomed singletrack trails for public use. It’s $3 to ride these intermediate/advanced trails and they are closed when wet.
eXplore Brown County offers over 30 miles of trails: downhill, expert, intermediate and beginner. $4/day to ride.
*Provide secure bike storage or allow bikes to be taken into guestrooms
*Provide trail maps and driving/riding directions to Trailheads
*Have roof-rack friendly driveways and height clearances (at least 10')
*Provide ground floor accommodations when available or upon request
*Put up with with dirty, stinky, and potentially bloody people!