Valley Branch Retreat - TRAIL

Valley Branch Retreat - Trail, Nashville, Indiana

About 25 miles of hilly wooded trails on 500 acres. Trails range from leisure to quite technical. Many hard climbs. Borders Gnaw Bone Camp. $5.00 entrance fee. Showers, camping paintball available (812)-988-7750.

User Reviews (34)

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Mtn bike man   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2006]

This is a great place to ride. It is what mountain biking is all about really! 30 miles of trails of all different abilities in a beautiful background. There are trails easy enough for anyone and as difficult as you would like to challange yourself. There are also affordable cabins to rent as well as great campsites. At the end of the campgrounds is a beautiful lake. Dont miss this great trail system. Come hang out in the beautifull woods and have a great time.

Customer Service

Make your own route, it's all up to you!

Similar Products Used: Brown County State Park.
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4
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3
SuperSlinky   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2003]

Valley Branch has good points and bad points. On the good side, there are enough trails here that you can find just about whatever you want. There are some cool sections that are impossible to fault, the Rollercoaster trail for example. There are enough trails here to keep you busy as long as you like. There are restrooms and showers and safe places to park. The people are friendly and the proprietor has an informal system for checking in. The fee is a cheap $3. The big downside is that the whole place is geared for paintball wars. If you are there while this is going on, you will hear the rat-tat-tat constantly. The natural beauty of the woods is marred by by numerous shanties and old furniture used by the paintballers. While I was there, they stayed mostly in two enclosed areas by the entrance, but later in the day a few started to migrate into the woods and one shot went wizzing by me too close for comfort. Many of the trails are actually fire roads and in many places have a loose and dusty surface, but you can avoid these for the most part by staying on the advanced trails. Overall, it is a really good trail system and well worth the small fee. But if you want to escape into the woods to enjoy some unspoiled wilderness, it isn't the best for that.

Customer Service

After the first long climb, look for a left turn onto the Rollercoaster trail. After that, follow the markers for the advanced trails.

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge--fast, fast, fast.
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4
VALUE
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4
deanna   [Jan 21, 1999]

Like to climb? This is the place for YOU! Most of
the trails are almost wide enough to drive a 4-wheeler
on, not much tight singletrack, not very twisty or
technical. Butt-kicking cardio workout though. A
quote from one of the guys riding in the group after
the first hill, "Can we get ANY higher?!?" $5 to ride
supposedly there's a "discount" for groups over 5, we
went with 7...still paid $5 each. There is an onsite
campground as well as showering facilities, hot tub
(in progress when we were there), and paintball site.
Rode the bikes through the paintball area, it was more
technical than the actual trail, we asked to play on
bikes, but the owners didn't think it was such a good
idea (bummer!). Anyway, definitely a "quad burner"
trail, would be nice if it was a little more technical
instead of constant climbing (or so it seemed).

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used: Knobstone, Gnaw Bone Camp
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3
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Steve   [Mar 28, 1999]

If you need to climb this is your trail. No matter which trail you take, you will have to climb to the ridge. Trails are fairly well marked and the map seems accurate for being hand drawn. It truly is one of the best rides in Indiana.

Similar Products Used: Gnaw Bone, Wapahani
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4
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John   [Sep 20, 2001]

If you like to climb this is a great place to visit. I came here for the DINO race. We started by climbing followed by more climbing and then we did some more climbing the finish was a downhill. This was a great trail with a little of everything. The singletrack was good (not overly technical), the views were great. bring the family and make a weekend out of the trip. One of the best in Indiana.

Customer Service

Follow the provided map, there is a lot of trail to ride

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5
VALUE
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Kent   [Sep 23, 2001]

Same as below, I came for the Dino series race. I would like to thank them for putting on a great race. The trail is hilly and medium on the technical sections. Could see how it would be muddy after any amount of rain. Well worth supporting.

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4
VALUE
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J. R.   [Oct 06, 2001]

Great trails. Not real technical, but a great place to do your hill training. Rode the DINO race, the race route is well maintained but can't attest to the rest of the trails. There are about 25 miles of total trails at Valley Branch. A word of advice, let the people know to chain up their dogs before you ride. The dogs aren't vicious, they are very friendly and like to run with you while you ride, which is annoying and dangerous.

Customer Service

The Race Route

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge, Hickory Ridge
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4
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Brian   [Dec 05, 2001]

Great trails. Mostly fire trails. Great for those leg burning workouts, these trails not for wimps. Hear DINO is doing a 12 hour race here in 2002

Customer Service

Race Loop

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5
VALUE
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Nick Hancock   [Jan 11, 2002]

Only raced this course once (DINO 2001) and double-flatted. After a grueling hike-a-bike back to my car to fix the flats, I finished the race and really enjoyed the trail. As you can tell by the other reviews, there are plenty of climbs and some fun single-track. The facilities are nice and the place has camping, indoor bathrooms and showers, and abuilding that I assume can be used for indoor group activities etc... Go there to camp, play paint ball (2 good courses), ride bikes etc...

Customer Service

See above directions. Easy to get to from I65.

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4
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Robert   [Jan 24, 2002]

Large trail network. Get a map when you sign in and pay because you will get lost! The first time I came, all was well, until I flatted. Some trails are very difficult. Not for unexperienced riders or those with low stamina. Have not had time to ride all the trails, but most. Overall, not bad, but not worth the four or five dollar entry fee.

Customer Service

Above.

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge, Gnaw Bone Camp, Hickory Ridge, and Wapehani.
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3
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