FRANCE PARK - TRAIL

FRANCE PARK - Trail, LOGANSPORT, Indiana

INTERMEDIATE WITH IMPOSSIBLE TO RIDE HILLS UP OR DOWN

User Reviews (35)

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Brandon Lord   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2012]

I have ridden this trail many times. I go there anywhere from 1-3 times a week. I have ridden plenty of other trails around indiana, so that is what I have to compare it to. I have ridden trails that are more difficult overall, and some that are not. I am a HUGE fan of these trails. They have got everything from leisure riding through the woods to extremely technical parts atop the quarry. Though as some have said, the trails aren't marked extremely well (I guess), but when I ride, I'm not looking for signs. These trails split off in many different directions sometimes and you never know what kind of terrain you will run into. I now know the trails like the back of my hand so I can choose where I want to ride. I think these trails are a hidden treasure that would be ridden more if more people knew about them. I think its a destination that people around the state would not regret making for a weekend trip. It's $7 to ride, but only $16 to camp. Sometimes I camp, swim in the beautiful quarry, and ride. It makes for an amazing weekend all for $8 a day!!!!

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4
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3
jblakegriffin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 09, 2008]

Most of the trail is very easy but there are a few sections that can get really rock and very technical. I just wish that there was more of the fun stuff.

Customer Service

park car near the swimming area. There is a trail that is just behind the cliffs near the swim area. These are the most technical and fun. Just follow the trail around the lake.

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4
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3
Dennis Artrip   Weekend Warrior [Aug 11, 2008]

I'm tired of hearing all the complaints. Since I'm the only one doing trail maintenance in this park I think I have the right. Granted their are alot of double track, but we are not the only users of these trails. The park can't survive on just the mountian bikers gate contribution. In the past 15 year their has been at least 4 miles of new trails added, these were difficult trails in the beginning. Of these trails 2.5 miles are now maintained by the park maintenance crew They are not mountian bikers, so they remove all the obstructions that we find chalenging. These are not changed to ruin our rides, but to please the general public. The general public's monertary contribution to the park is more like $500 to every $5.00 from MBing.

However if you have an open mind and look you can find all the challenges, you can handle. If you need help contact me and I can find you some. orniron@comcast.com

Customer Service

Try the new Biker's Surprise Trail or the trail around the east and southeast side of the swimming lake. I don't know anybody that can ride them both directions.

Similar Products Used: I hate the 100 mile drive from my place, but Winona Lake in Warsaw is great. Nice trails and alway in good shape. Thanks to whoever is taking care of them.
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3
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3
kjsayers   Weekend Warrior [Jun 18, 2007]

Thsis trail is well kept, but not marked well at all. A lot of the trails are wide and clear (pretty boring). Not very technical overall. Lots of the trails have the rocks and roots that are painted bright colors so you can see them. Lots of level riding. Not much up and down. Is a great place for recreational riding.

Customer Service

Like I said the trails are not marked well, but it doesn't take long to get the swing of it.

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3
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3
holzhausens   Racer [Aug 10, 2006]

Anyone who likes to ride here, please listen. The park staff and park board need serious help. I'm the DINO Director... we have had races there for years. I just went to a park board meeting and they just don't get it. Please, contact the park and offer to help. Tell them you care about the trails. Get involved, play by their rules and help to create change... if you don't, you may lose access altogether.

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3
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3
prescott23   Weekend Warrior [Mar 01, 2006]

This is a good place to ride. Yes, its flat, but look at where you are! This is Northern Indiana. In relative terms, its hilly. I live nearby and have not gotten tired of riding there. I do want to note that the price is $5.00 to ride, not $7.50. If you're in the area, check it out.

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3
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3
Rabidskier   Downhiller [Nov 22, 2003]

I have recently moved back from Wyoming where finding an aggressive place to ride is as easy as stepping out of your back door. I culture shocked pretty bad because of the lack of whitewater kayaking, downhill skiing, and mountain biking opportunities. I remembered France Park from my old BMX days (We use to put lifejackets on our handlebars and ride off of the cliffs) and decided to try it out one day. I would have to say that I was pleased with some of the trails that I found to ride. I was able to bloody my shins up and went over the bars twice on my first ride. The best riding is some off pique stuff on the West and Soutwest side of the swimming lake. There are some slides that go off to the East towards the water that will give even the best riders some pretty good pucker factor. You will have to carry your bike back out, but they are fun. The biggest drawback is that the best riding areas are very small and will get old fast. One afternoon is about all that I could get out of it. There are plenty of smooth trails and singletrack for recreational riders if that is your cup o' tea. FINAL COMMENT: What is it with all of these people giving directions on how to sneak in and pirate ride. More than likely they are riding a $1,000 + mountain bike with $300 worth of gear and can't afford a $7 pass for the park. Pull your heads out before they shut down the trails like they did the cliffs for diving. Maybe they are a bunch of snowboarders in the off season or something. (Sorry if I offended anyone, but it really pisses me off when you get someplace decent like this to ride and a few people ruin it for everyone)

Customer Service

There is a pretty good network of singletrack and beginner/intermediate trails throughout the whole park. Most of the white knuckle stuff is in the area West of the swimming lake.

Similar Products Used: The place in Warsaw is fun, otherwise go to Wisconsin or Michigan.
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3
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3
holzhaus   Cross Country Rider [Oct 20, 2003]

I went to the park to meet with the park superintendent, Wes. I learned a lot about what's going on. Wes drove me all over the park on a gator. They have built new horse trails. The horses are a concession, where people pay to go for a trail ride. The park is not supposed to allow any other horses. Most of the new horse trails are separate from the bike/hike trails. But about 1/2 to 1 mile of bike trail is now "horse only". Here is what I think will need to happen to improve riding experiences in the park and as a result increase the number of paying customers / people camping and riding through the weekend: 1) Mountain bike riders in the area (including Lafayette area) need to organize and get a LEADER. The leader will keep close contact with the park board and Wes to help with decisions and provide CONSTRUCTIVE input. I've started things rolling and I will help all I can - but I live 2 hours away. 2) This rider group should make an agreement to work "X" number of labor hours improving trails, placing signs, etc. in exchange for a season pass to ride in the park. Nobody wants to volunteer their labor when they have to pay $7 to do it. But there will definitely be takers if the park offers a season pass based on a certain amount of work. This also eases the riders' frustration with "where does my money go" if the trails are nice for those who are paying. 3) Riders should be vocal and serious about asking others NOT to SNEAK IN for a "free" ride. When this happens the trust is broken with riders as a user group. 4) France Park needs to lower mountain bike fee to $3 or $4. Feel free to pass this freely to ANYONE who might help the cause. Bike shops, clubs, etc. France Park can definitely regain its greatness for mountain biking with cooperation between riders and the park!! Please contact us if you can help this effort. Brian Holzhausen (317)308-6449 www.DINOseries.com

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4
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3
kid4lyf   Racer [Aug 25, 2003]

These are great trails in a place run by idiots. $19/night to camp here, pricy but, Oh well. Here's the kicker, that $19/day doesn't get you out on the trails. Oh noooo, you now have to buck up an additional $7.50/bike/day. For my son and I to camp here and ride for two days would cost $68. I've raced on these trails and liked them but comon, are you nuts?

Customer Service

Normally, I wouldn't recommend poaching (I have no problem with fees to help out with maintenance but this is excessive gouging) but I think you should pull off the road as close as you safely can and find these trails by other means than the front gate. If you get caught, plead ignorance ("I was just riding around and found myself on this trail") hint; don't carry cash or ID. Screw em!

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1
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3
ERIC   [Feb 01, 1999]

This is the most versatile set of trails I have ever ridden. You could ride upto about 30 miles in this park and still not have ridden all the trails both ways!

Customer Service

I like to take the latest DINO route when I get to ride here because Dennis gets a little of everything into the mix

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5
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