Brown County St. Park - TRAIL

Brown County St. Park - Trail, Nashville, Indiana

This trail is labeled as a beginner trail, but can be a real lung buster if you are not used to riding trails. There are a few long climbs and a few sections that flow down hill. The trail had a couple of stream crossings. I rode the trail 3 days after it had rained and the trail was still soggy, so it may have troubles drying out. Overall the trail reminded me of nebo ridge a little.

User Reviews (18)

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Bradym77   Weekend Warrior [Apr 26, 2014]

There's a reason this trail system is on IMBA's Epic Ride's List. 27.9 miles of fun from fast flowy beginner trails to black diamond level challenges. I hate driving but make the long 3 hour drive for these trails.

Customer Service

Enter at the North Gate and park in the lot past the pool. There you will have two beginner trail options to warm up and enjoy the trails. Whatever path you choose, make sure you hit Green Valley! You can get maps from the Ranger at the entrance shack.

Similar Products Used: Versailles
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5
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5
crosey   Weekend Warrior [Nov 19, 2012]

Rode this trail last summer in July when it was way too hot. Besides sweating like crazy this may have been the best trail I've ever been on! Smooth singletrack throughout and great flow with downhill and uphills. The black diamond trails (forgot their names) were very challenging but a blast.

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5
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5
Webby47274   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2012]

I'm a beginner to Mountain Biking. I rode Pine Loop, North Tower & North Tower Loop for my first MTB adventure. Loved the ride. All 3 of these trails are easy and fun I thought.
Then I went back the next week and rode Hesitation Point trail (ADVANCED). It was much rougher for a beginner. (but, I like a challenge) LOTS of rock on the trail and if you start from the top at the Hesitation Point VISTA. It's mostly down hill zig/zag fashion. This trail joins Aynes Loop trail. I turned around and rode it back up. (( ROUGH )) But, when you are 52yrs old and this is your 2nd MTB outting. What can I say ?
Then I went back a few days later and rode Limekiln trail (BEGINNER) and it joins Walnut trail. I rode about 1 mile of Walnut then headed back to my car. Limekiln is a FAST moving trail and very easy to ride. I really like Limekiln trail.
Then I went back a few days later and started on Walnut trail (ADVANCED). It starts out on the opposite side of the road from Hesitation Point trail @ the Hesitation Point VISTA parking area. WALNUT trail has a lot of technical points in it. And IMHO it was more difficult then Hesitation Point trail. Walnut meets Limekiln trail. SO, I rode Limekiln again to the beginning and then rode Walnut back to my car.
I live about 35 miles from Brown County State Park. So, I intend on riding here often. :)
Here is a pretty good map of the trail system in the park.
http://www.getoutzine.com/files/Brown%20County%20SP%20MTB%20Trails.pdf
ENJOY !!!

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge is another trail I've ridden the past week. I only rode the first half of it the first time on it. As I attempted it after I rode Walnut & Limekiln the day before. (I was beat) NEBO is located in the HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST just a few miles from Brown County State Park. The trail head from the Story, IN side is pretty rough starting out as it has alot of UP hill for the first 1.5 miles. It is a little over 8 miles total from one end to the other. Shared by horse back riders and hikers.
I did go back and ride the ENTIRE trail to the other end and then came back to my car. 16+ miles. The temps were in the high 90's when I got back to the car.
You have to purchase a permit to ride this trail on your bike or horse back. (( $5.00 for one day or $36.00 for an annual permit )) They can be purchased at the STORY INN located there on hwy 135 in Story. (Hiking is FREE)
Both times I rode this trail was in the middle of the week and I never seen a single person. So,,, I'd recommend doing the BUDDY system on this one.
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4
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4
simon   Downhiller [Jun 14, 2012]

all the trials are fun to ride on no matter what tip of rider you are.

Customer Service

hesitation point is my favorite route i have done so far.

Similar Products Used: green valley is full of jumps and flow
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5
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3
BaggiesOnly   Weekend Warrior [Sep 20, 2011]

This collection of trails was well worth the 6 hour drive from home. We spent several days camping in the state park and really enjoyed the whole time there. I was truly impressed with how well the trails were maintained and how they flowed so amazingly. These trails are built for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers and it shows. Hats off to the Hoosier MTB club! If you like Fast, Flowing single track - don't miss this network of trails.

The newest addition (Green Valley) is a great ride in both directions. Also don't miss out on Hesitation Point (out and back). Some people seem to think that this trail system is too easy or not too technical but there is plenty of trails that will keep you on your toes. Not to mention the "expert" trail that many will find too much to handle.

As for me,I will be making this a annual trip for my riding seasons to come. Pure Smiles all day!

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5
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4
John.M   Cross Country Rider [Jul 07, 2011]

My family and I camped at BCSP over the 4th of July weekend, along with another family. Two of us hit the trail from the camping area (Walnut, I believe, was the first trail), and rode it all the way to the north parking lot on Saturday. We then turned around, and went back up. We did the same route, in reverse, on Sunday.

I can honestly say that I had a grin on my face almost the whole time. The trail is expertly maintained, and there is an awesome flow to the downhill sections. None of the climbs are too steep, but some can be quite long.

There is a new section of trail called Green Valley that just opened last month. That trail was a blast to ride. While not as "seasoned" as the other trails, it still possessed a lot of nice features that made riding it a blast (banked walls, jumps, pavers at stream crossings, etc).

One thing to note - it was very, very hot this weekend. We came across several riders that were not carrying any water, and we offered some of ours to them. I personally drank 100 ounces of water in each of our round trip journeys (we did it twice in two days over the weekend). Please be smart! This trail does not provide an easy way to "jump off" if you get really tired or dehydrated except at a couple of key points. Please consider this before riding here.

We also saw a fair number of organ donors... er, folks riding without helmets. Don't be fooled by the conditions of the trail! Accidents, can and do happen. Please ride safely, and have fun!

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5
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4
steelworx   Weekend Warrior [Feb 01, 2010]

An amazing flow to this trail. There are 4 beginner level trails Pine Loop, North Tower Connector, North Tower Loop & Limekiln, 1 intermediate trail Aynes Loop, 2 advanced level trails Hesitation Point Connector & Walnut Trail, and 1 expert trail Schooner Trace. Some great switchbacks and fast flowy downhills. The Aynes Loop has some water on it. Many of the switchbacks are armored.

Customer Service

We rode up from the The North Tower up thru Pine Loop, North Tower Connector, North Tower Loop to Hesitation Point Connector. Next day we rode up from Hesitation Point Overlook, Walnut Trail Loop and Limekiln Trails.

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5
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4
mark   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2009]

First off I would call myself an Advanced intermediate rider and granted it's a beginner trail or 95 percent is and that's a waste of 15 miles of trail. Beginners need only 10 miles or so. I rode two days and this is what I think. The trail didn't use the terrain very well (no killer climbs or technical down hills). After awhile the road-ride becomes boring. The little hump jumps run out of fun and you become tired of shelf trails too. There is so much in the park- ridges, rocks, riding down creeks, and drops (that would excite the mountain biker in you) but it's not used? It's like a smoooothing machine was used to take the mountain biking out of the mountain bike trail. The Black Diamond section is still beginner level with some rocks and small logs,(THERE IS NO INTERMEDIATE RIDING) but the then there's DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND and 3 to 4 miles of mountain biking heaven. Wow that was fun. Too bad it's not 15 miles of mountain biking and 10 miles of beginner, that would be worth driving to brown county from michigan (only beginner trail in s.e. michigan too). I lived in martin county, Indiana for 5 years and there are WAY better trail in the area. If your a road rider this is the place to pretend your mountain biking.(big gears no travel bike) note to trail designers: leave the flow to XC races and aerobics to the 80's video workout tapes, put some mountain biking back into the trail and don't screw with the other trails in indiana they are fine with the amount of FLOW in them. I'll stick to going to ohio for my mountain biking fix for now it's closer. I am wanting to update this with higher ratings and good news that there is
more mountain biking in the park soon. I will ride it again as go to illinois a lot and can drop down a check things out. BUT this is only my opinion and I've only been riding mountain bikes for 24 year.

Customer Service

bring an old huffy road bike and a good 5" mountain bike, park at inspiration point. ride the road bike down to the pool and get on the trail and ride back to the mountain bike. Get out the mountain bike, cross the road and get on the Double Black section and go mountain biking. The out and back will bring a smile to your face.Then go to Gnaw Bone or any other trail in the area. Let the road riders and pretenders have this park.

Similar Products Used: Hoosier nation forest, Gnaw Bone, Nebo, Monroe lake area
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2
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2
krautwaggen   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2009]

The description of this trail has been neglected. As of late an expert trail has been added and much more intermediate trail as well. Trails are expertly maintained and constantly growing in size. Fun! http://www.browncountymountainbiking.com/ for trail video and details about the area.

Customer Service

Ride it all.

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge, Wapehani, Hickory Ridge.
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5
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4
Houlio   Cross Country Rider [Jun 26, 2009]

Just outstanding. I've ridden most of the good trail systems in the Midwest and this is the best one. They have recently added an expert trail that is truly expert quality stuff (danger - beginners) but the rest is fast and fun with a couple of challenging climbs and jumps thrown in. Great mix - great change of scenery - very well maintained.

Customer Service

Do it all - about 26 miles + if you ride every inch.

Similar Products Used: Town Run Trail (Indianapolis) is fun and easy - watch the new drop.
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5
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3
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