Franke Park - Trail, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Franke Park - Trail, Fort Wayne, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

1-2 miles of short climbs Fast singletrack Good trails for any skill level The "official" race course is about 6 miles, but there is over 10-15 miles of trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 22, 2011]
Mark
Weekend Warrior

These trails are well marked and maintained. I enjoy going after work to unwind since it's less than 2 miles away. I don't have much to compare this to - but given it's close proximity and lack of anything else in the area, I really appreciate having somewhere to go off road.

Late summer or fall is about the only time I can really enjoy these trails. After nearly a week of no rain in the spring, the darn Indiana clay still won't dry out. That thick, greasy mud plus leaves just weighs you down something awful. When it's dry as a bone though, it's fast and so much fun!

I enjoy the scenery, wildlife and varying terrain. Props to the guys working hard to keep these trails in excellent condition!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 22, 2010]
Richwon4
Weekend Warrior

I live near the trail and have used it three times in two weeks and plan on using it much more. It is marked out well, but if you are not familiar with the area you might have a hard time knowing just exactly what portion of the trail you are on. Very well maintained as in no limbs, logs, thorn bushes in the way or blocking the trail. There are some some nice log jams, some nice ravines with narrow bridges, scenic and teeming with wildlife.(not talking about the adjacent zoo) Some nice outs all around the big pond, great for water breaks ect. Good portions of the trail follow a winding creek high and low. There are a few rapid decents from high ridges into some low land thicket areas. There are a couple of things that could add some fun to the trail. Some rock piles or gardens and few more small jumps. It could be that I just havn't found them yet. Kodus to whoever keeps this trail up.

Customer Service

Enter Franke Park (Zoo) and follow the signs back to the BMX track and you won't miss it out of the BMX parking lot.

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I've ridden Potato Creek State Park and really liked it. It is fast and has several rock gardens. If you hurry you can make it to the trail at Huntington Resivoir. It closes in a couple of weeks. I hope to hit it for the first and last time next week.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 28, 2010]
knipdm01
Weekend Warrior

Trails are marked well. Some hidden trails are just getting built and are only known to the locals....ask around they are glad to point ya in the right direction. Nice hill climbs, a few roots but not bad. A great overall trail. Can be as easy or as tough as you want it.

Customer Service

I've stayed mainly on the green trails so far but venturing out as my endurance gets better. The rollercoaster still kicks my butt

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 30, 2010]
Tony Hunnicutt
Cross Country Rider

This trail is awesome and keeps getting better. More and more people are riding it, it has something for everyone. I am a rider that likes fast flowing trails and it has them once you learn the layout.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 22, 2010]
Peter Till
Weekend Warrior

DONT FOLLOW AL!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 12, 2009]
Red
Cross Country Rider

I'm a local Fort Wayne resident who rides the Franke park trails 3-4 times a week. Over the past year or so, the trails have greatly improved, and are clearly marked.

That being said, the overall speed of the trails is medium to slow. There are a few sections that you may gain some speed and have to navigate technical sections. In my opinion there are too many uninteresting climbs and flat trails with little to keep a riders interest who rides the trails more than once a month. The Franke park trails have amazing potential to be one of the better tracks in the area. It's time to stop making log rolls, and start making some new obstacles, moguls would be a fantastic addition on the long flat sections of trail.

Franke park is great for a weekend ride, but if you plan on attending them a lot and like fast, exciting trails, you will find yourself bored very quickly.

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 2009]
blackhammer
Weekend Warrior

If you haven't been to Franke yet this season, things have changed. The local bike club (3rvs.org) with the permission of the parks board took over maintaining the trails. One of the biggest complaints against Franke, that the trails weren't clearly marked, has been addressed. The trails are now marked with posts and arrows for the main trails. There's now a beginner and intermediate trail with an east and west loop. There are also four advanced (marked red) sections that you can ride from the intermediate trail that have plenty of log rolls, drops, and climbs. We also have a kiosk in place up by the BMX track parking lot with a map of the main trail. Franke's always been a place that can handle different skill levels well. The trail work has been geared towards helping beginners by marking the trails and towards skilled riders by adding sections that can challenge anyone.

Customer Service

Head for the BMX parking lot at the back of the park. Stop at the kiosk and check out the map. Then head for the starting post for either the east or west loop. The local club ride at Franke is on Monday nights at 6pm. There's usually a fast and slow group lead by locals.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 06, 2008]
jake83399
Weekend Warrior

I've been riding these trails for a long time and even went to day camp here. I try to ride it 2 times aweek and still find new trail all the time. Great place to ride for all skill level. If you haven't ben there GO you won't be disapointed.

Customer Service

Start at bmx track and go west. the best riding is in there

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 27, 2008]
Habecker
Weekend Warrior

First let me say that I am more of a weekend warrior that enjoys just getting out and hitting the trails. This area for me is fun to ride with some up and downs on the East side of the BMX track. While there are no killer down hills there is one hill that is fun as hell just to bomb down on the trails which are on the West side of the BMX track. I like the variety of the trail there are some spots to cross the stream that runs through the trails to get some other trails. For the up and down portion there are some hills back by the train that the zoo runs these hills are on the North East side. Very easy to navigate around with getting lost. I am not sure who maintains them - but they are in good shape. The best bet is to ride early in the season back here. Last year it was hot and a ton of bugs when you stopped for a breather.

Track is mainly single and the times I have been out there (weekends) it has not been to busy. There are some markings on the trees this is from people who have tried to map out the lay out of the race before they took the markers down. Some are red and some are yellow. These mean nothing as far as level that I know of.

There is one weekend out there when they have some bug cub scout camp out and the kids are all over there in the trail. Not sure of the weekend that occurs- so if you do slide out to ride you may see kids running around out there.

I think there is a little bit for everyone here - you may be disappointed if you are from an area where you have ridden down ski slopes in the summer. GET OUT RIDE HARD!


Thanks to who ever takes care of the trails out there

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 28, 2008]
andrewdewey
Cross Country Rider

Just wanted to post a 2008 update regarding this trail. There is a group of riders that are trying to formalize and perform regular trail maintenance here throughout the year.

The trail is in pretty good shape this year so far and are drying out pretty well. There are some low lying areas that hold water and due to the later than usual spring, they are a little late to dry out.

Due to some late winter flooding, the creek that runs next to some of the trails has caused some erosion and brought the bank of the creek right next to the trail in some sections. Just a warning to pay attention as you ride along the creek.

Other than that, have fun riding.

Check out a few local cycling website's forum for any up to date info, rides, or races.

www.drtconsulting.net
http://3rvs.com/joomla/index.php

Customer Service

One of the new initiatives with trail maintenance is proper way finding. Trails can be pretty confusing. The best route is to attempt to look for the red arrows or dots on the trees and ride in that direction.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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