Buffalo Trace - TRAIL

Buffalo Trace - Trail, French Lick, Indiana

The trail is spectacular. French Lick hired Alex Stewart and provided the equipement, materials, and labor to build the trail. It is a 6+ mile trail that climbs to the top of the West Side of Mt Airie. With more elevation than Hesitation Point, Alex built a trail with his signature flow. The tread is easy, and the grades are kept at 5%, so beginner riders will be at home on the trail. Advanced riders will finish the climb a bit faster and the when they open up on the descent, will find Alex's rewards for speed.

The key to making the most of the French Lick / West Baden experience is to indulge in the whole experience. Eat a meal in the West Badin Resort, hit the pool, have drinks at one of the bars, take in the history, walk the grounds, or pamper yourself at the spa.

Its very clear that the Resort is not interested in any thing less than world class. The first trail is just the start and French Lick is committed to expanding the trails until they are a world class mountain bike destination.

User Reviews (3)

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dickt3030   Cross Country Rider [Apr 25, 2011]

This trail is beautiful and professionally purpose built for mountain biking. There is a great mix of stuff on the two loops, including really fast and flowing descents, rocky technical sections, tough climbs, berms, etc. There is nothing that is too hard, so beginners will be ok, but it is challenging enough for anyone. Buffalo Trace loop is basically a climb to the top, either way you choose to take, with a great pay-off of fun and fast flowing downhill back to the entrance. The new Waterfall loop is more beautiful as it follows a number of rocky streams and crossings and explores the backwoods, has more technical challenges, and some really challenging climbs. Overall the entire system is great fun. It can be a great workout if you do each of the loops a couple times.

Customer Service

CCW from the entrance, link up to the Waterfall loop, then continue CCW once you hook back to the Buffalo Trace loop. If only doing Buffalo Trace, go CW, as the downhill this direction is much faster and flowy.

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4
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4
steelworx   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 2010]

Great trail, riding CCW the elevation gain is quick with long drawn out descents. CW is an easier climb to the top with fast descents marked by rocky switchbacks. Great scenery with rocky outcroppings and a small cave. Many of the switchbacks are armored to help with drainage and it is fun riding these features. There are rock walls to ride and small tabletops you can launch off. Currently another intrmediate/advanced loop is being constructed with some wider areas for passing.

Customer Service

CCW is a harder ascent to the top, but has long drawn out descending. CW It takes longer to get to the top but the descent can be flat out fast.

Similar Products Used: Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana
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5
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3
scbull   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2009]

I went out of my way to hit this trail on the way back to Indianapolis from Jasper and I must say it was worth the detour.

Built using IMBA trail construction standards, this trail is well designed and both a pleasure and a challenge.

You can park just down the road in the casino parking lot and follow a paved path to the trailhead. From there you can go right or left and get onto the loop. Either way, you will be climbing for most of the first two miles. The trail is switchbacks and winds around the various limestone outcroppings that appear on the property.

At the far end of the trail, you can look out over the Pete Dye designed Championship Golf Course.

This trail along with Brown County and Wapahani would make for a good weekend of riding and camping

Similar Products Used: Wapahani
Brown County State Park
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4
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4
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