Birdseye - Trail, Jasper, Indiana

Birdseye - Trail, Jasper, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

A favorite, offering a mix of singletrack and fire road. Along the way are a lake, creeks, stands of hardwood, old homesteads and a cemetary. Aerobic level easy... flat to rolling w/few steep climbs. For more info email richries@hsonline.net

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 30, 2008]
Josh Meyer
Weekend Warrior

I was excited to check this trail out due to the proximity of my home. I knew this was a multiple-use trail going in, but after attempting to ride it, a strictly horse-use designation would be more accurate. The condition of this trail was horrible due to the amount of horse traffic. I had to bail 6 miles in. The chain was actually hanging on my front ring due to the amount of mud, which was held in the low-lying areas due to the horse prints. Less than 10% of what I rode was enjoyable.

Customer Service

Keep Driving. If you are in the area and you want an awesome trail to ride, head to the Ferdinand Forest. 10 miles of pristine trail with no horses. Less than 15 minutes from the Birdseye trail.

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1
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2
[Sep 08, 2003]
twowheel_treehugger
Weekend Warrior

Sept. 6 Found the trail after a some searching. The DNR map has the parking lot in the wrong spot so be careful when following it. The Birdseye General Store is a good place to get your $3 pass and fuel up with the old-style deli. The trail was dry in spite of the heavy rains the week before. Good mix of single and double track. There wasn't anyone around for a nice weekend and the number of cobwebs across the trail showed there hasn't been much activity either by bike or horse. Not for beginners but not to technical to enjoy your ride and make some time.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot and go behing the horse stands and bomb the long hill.

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3
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3
[Jan 06, 2000]
Mark

Great trail to get your anerobic level up. Extremely fast and some creek crossings and tricky singletrack. Be careful of hunters, horses, deer, and turkeys. Enjoy. Contact REM bicycle in Jasper for group rides.

Customer Service

From the trailhead where there's horse trailer parking, go across the street. This is the hardest route, because there's more uphill.

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Tipsaw Lake, Crane Naval Base

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4
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[Aug 14, 2000]
Jeff

Super trail that has a great deal of variety: Long smooth hills, technical climbs, creek crossings, high meadow riding, lowland riding, tight twisty single track, and fast descents. Went on a beautiful Sunday and saw only 2 other bikers and 3 horses. Gorgeous forest both hardwood and pine. Sections where you could see for 350 yards in either direction under a pine canopy. Other sections where you could not see 5 feet into the bushes. Probably should not ride within 2-3 days of a hard rain. Looked to be some sections that could get very muddy and stay that way for awhile. For after ride treats there is a dairy bar in Birdseye center that will satisfy.

Customer Service

Before you get to town, take a right onto Birdseye Loop Road. Follow about 1 mile and after hill(at the bottom)park on right(you will see trailhead and parking area).

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Otter Creek, Tipsaw Lake

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5
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[Sep 24, 2001]
Tom

I would not recommend this trail for more experienced riders, beginners would like it better. It is wide enough for a Jeep all the way around, except for a couple of climbs, it is not very challenging. When I was there a bulldozer had scraped the topsoil off of about two miles at the north end of the loop. I was told that they were "improving" the trail with it. I hate to think that my three dollar day pass goes to the guy who thought of this "improvment". There were some horses there but I had no problem with them, you can tell in the low, wet areas of the trail that the horses could tear it up, but it is a multi purpose trail, so you know in advance. I give this a two star rating only because it is not technical and not a single track, like I wanted. If you want to go for an easy, relaxing ride do it, just stay off the north end of the loop, you will get frustrated trying to ride the bulldozer tracks.

Customer Service

I went counter-clockwise but was told to do it clockwise for a better ride.

Similar Products Used:

Otter Creek

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2
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[Nov 01, 2001]
Kris

There are plenty of stream crossings and a few technical parts, but not many. Well deserving just to do it at least doing it once to see it. Lots of different types of Forrest and scenery. By going this route, this is not for beginners who do not know how to use their gears or are not in physically good shape.

Customer Service

From the trailhead, go back up the road and enter the trail to the right, by going this way there are some excellent climbs.

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4
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[Mar 11, 2002]
Frank D

There is a $3.00 fee for riding through these horse droppings.

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1
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[Dec 05, 2002]
Lance Bruggeman

OK for a change of scenery.
South end is very fast.
Horses have really torn up the trail in many places. They go around bad spots and make them even wider. At least the DNR hasn't rocked this trail yet. Once they do, it won't be worth unracking your bike.

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2
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