Ferdinand State Forest - TRAIL

Ferdinand State Forest - Trail, Ferdinand, Indiana

A very enjoyable ride through the wooded hills and valleys of the area. The trail consists of a 60/40 mix of fire roads and very fun singletrack spread thoughout the ride. Technical ability required is minimal since most of the trail is smooth and fast. The trail does require a moderate aerobic level due to several steep climbs. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete this worthwhile trail which sees very little traffic. Be cautious of hikers especially near the lake and do not ride after a heavy rain (horses are NOT permitted).

User Reviews (8)

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Josh Meyer   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2008]

This is my hometown trail. I try to ride this one 2-3 times per week. Some of the steep climbs have been bypassed due to the hard work of several volunteers. Hats of to those guys. Nice combination of singletrack and firelanes. Fast when it is dry and a little more challenging if it is wet. Lot of roots to watch out for. Overall an easier ride in the clockwise direction.

Customer Service

I either begin at the trailhead at the bottom of the hill after coming in the main entrance. Begin on the foxey hollow and head to the firetower then back around. Another favorite is to begin at the firetower and smoke down the hill on the kyana trail and head back the twin lakes on around the lake.

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5
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4
sjhopeiu   Racer [Jun 16, 2007]

I just rode this trail as part of the Dino Series. All I have to say is Ferdinand is a true test for any single speed rider. Don't bring your SS unless you want to die. The down hills are incredible and make up for the excruciating knee busting climbs. Definitely a must ride. Do yourself a favor and try to avoid 90 degree weather. This trail will make you feel like a wimp at times. Check it out.

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4
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4
hsrbikes   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2004]

Bring your granny - and your climbing legs! Great trail. Nothing really techinal about the trail but the climbing and descending more than make up for it! The trail has a good flow to it and is very well marked. The map of the trail is pretty accurate as well. Ferdinand State Forest mtb trail is probably the best kept secret in Indiana.

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4
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5
hotcad   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2004]

This trail is really outstanding, but some of the climbs were tough for me, there were some fallen trees in the middle of a steep up hill and I had to stop to drag my bike over the tree and couldn't start ridding again because of the steep grade. I had to drag it to the top of the hill. What a work out! I love this place. Start at the trail head and go south and up on the ridge with a great view of the lake, past the campground then back up past some more small lakes and up past the fire tower[what a view] and back down to the trail head. I great ride. Maybe because I'm from West Palm Beach the climbs bothered me more than it would the locals, but a great work out!

Customer Service

Go in the entrance to the park past the pay booth about 1/4 mile, trail head on the right, Maps in the tray on the sign.

Similar Products Used: None ridden
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5
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5
Gregg   [May 08, 2002]

This a great cross-country ride for those who enjoy a good workout and riding in trees. Not much here for the hard-core technical riders. I get in about 10 miles of riding the way I describe it here and it is an honest 10 mi. You'll definitely feel it in your legs due to the frequent climbs. A worthwhile ride where you won't see many other people!

Customer Service

My preferred way to ride this is as a large "figure 8". Take the South Ridge Trail from the trailhead which begins as fire lane but soon turns left onto some nice and narrow singletrack. Continue on this trail past the main lake. The trail eventually drops you back out near the ranger's residence and then continues north past Fossil Lake. Just beyond Fossil Lake hang a left towards the campground. After climbing a hill you will encounter an unmarked 4-way trail intersection where you should take a right turn. After a short distance the trail crosses a rock road. Just beyond this, take a right up the Fire Tower Trail. Follow this to the tower where you should definitely stop and check out the great view from the top. Continue north from the tower on a fire road for a few miles following the trail markers at the required turns. The trail eventually turns back into singletrack and then will again dump out onto another fire road (the Kyana Trail). From here head right (south) until you again cross a rock road. This is the Twin Lakes section of the trail which includes some fast singletrack on the descent. This section of trail will take you past Coyote Hollow Lake and continues south down a fire lane to the intersection you previously saw just north of Fossil Lake. Here you'll want to retrace your tracks through the unmarked 4-way intersection and eventually across the rock road. Now turn left onto Fox Hollow Trail and enjoy some nice rolling singletrack thru the pines. You'll now drop into a valley and onto more fire road. Follow the trail markings and you will climb to a ridge with a field on your right. Finally, the trail finishes as a smok'n fast singletrack descent back to the trailhead. Obtain a map from the web site or at Ferdinand State Forest.

Similar Products Used: Birdseye Loop
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4
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Chris   [Jul 05, 2002]

The trail is in excellent condition! We hit this trail in the beginning of July and I was very impressed how little it was overgrown, even though it doesn't appear to get tons of use. They must have a crew that does regular trail maintenance. Definately a cardio workout but not super technical. We took a couple of newer guys and the climbs combined with the heat made for a pretty rough day for them. The trails wind around a bit but are pretty easy to follow... they are well marked with signs and posts, plus trail maps are available online and at the trailhead. The trailhead is only 1 hour from Evansville's east side, and it's worth the extra drive to ride some quality trail other than Scales.

Customer Service

We followed Gregg's advice from the other review... was great.

Similar Products Used: Scales Lake, Tipsaw, Mogan Ridge, Valley Branch, Young's Creek.
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4
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Jethro   [Aug 19, 2002]

All I need are some tasty waves of gently rolling hills, a cool buzz, and I'm fine. Nice single track. Not a soul out here. Took about 2 1/2 hours. Spectacular view from the fire tower for the adrenaline junkies.

Customer Service

About 75 miles west of Louisville on I-64.

Similar Products Used: Three dolla at Hoosier National Forest for bike trail permit.
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4
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Bob Boehman   [Oct 30, 2002]

First off I loved it. I am originally from Ferdinand,
so when I visit home once a month it will be well worth
riding everytime. Maybe I am out of shape, but I have
ridden in Denver CO., and then this summer the Tsali
trails in North Carolina, and this trail made me more
tired then both those places. I think if they made
more trails and looped them in one direction and made
the uphills wind up a little more this could be some of
the best trails anywhere. The downhills are great so
if they made loops going in one direction, and then
made the uphills a little more winding they would be
great. Plenty of room for many more miles of trails
as well. i don't know who I need to talk to about
these suggestions but this place could be great. As it
is it is very fun and well worth a drive, mine is 4
hours. In the end maybe I just need to be in better
shape, and you will need to be too.

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5
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