Westwood Park - Trail, New Castle, Indiana

Westwood Park - Trail, New Castle, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

Currently (June 2002) the trail is about a 2.5 mile loop. This is phase 1 of a planned 10-12 mile loop around the lake. The current phase is very hilly and technical for the first 1.5 miles then returns on horse trail / gravel / pavement. When complete it will be an incredible intermediate & advanced course. Help with the construction - www.hmba.org

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 25, 2013]
David
Cross Country Rider

The 10.5 mile loop has been complete for some time. This is one of the best trails in Indiana in my opinion, nice climbs, sweet (although short) fast downhills, some very nice flowing spots, many wood bridges in low lying areas and across steep ditches, nice fat roots to test your line picking ability, very few bikers. You might see an occasional hiker or maybe a horse (they have their own trail in the park) so its a well kept secret and not a beginner trail. Once you start the 10 mile loop, there is no bailing out, you are in for the long haul. Pack some fluids and go ride!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 25, 2009]
Kenneth Risher
Racer

Westwood park trail has a few updates for 2009. A couple new or revised bridges. There are a couple new (tight) chicanes thrown in where the mountain bike trail joins the horse trail. I measured the loop with my bike computer and it came out to be 10.6 miles. This trail is very tight & technical. Visibility in the spring/summer is about 4 feet if you are riding it at a decent pace. If you break the one hour mark on a loop, you are moving pretty quick. Break 50 minutes and you're race-ready. I've done the loop 4 times in the last month. I ride 2 loops per visit and it's a great workout. As another reviewer pointed out...unless you have ridden this loop at least 20 times...you faintly remember the positioning of anything. You may recall a bridge here or there...but you just don't know when it's coming! This makes the Westwood Loop continuously surprising, challenging, exciting. I get caught in the wrong gear on a surprise quick/steep uphill at least a time or three each time I ride it. This loop is a great test of balance as well as rider positioning under heavy braking & manuvering. I'm a road racer for the most part, but have ridden mountain bikes for years (racing on occasion) I use mountain biking as part of road bike training. I'm fearless for the most part and enjoy a challengs. Westwood has several places where you can end up in an ambulance if you get it wrong. The best advice I can give: If you are a beginner...you may not want to do this trail, at least not without stopping & walking your bike over some obsticles, up some climbs, across a couple potentially dangerous bridges. If you are an intermediate rider: pay attention, stay focused, don't try to think & hesitate...this will only lead to trouble. For an advanced rider: Enjoy! Go for under an hour! But don't get cocky or over confident...you WILL get bitten!

Customer Service

Start your timer at the end of the gravel parking lot. Ride acros the park road to the trail entry. This will give you an opportunity to sprint to your start/finish point to record your time.

Do 2 loops if you want a real workout.

Similar Products Used:

Town Run Trail Park (96th street in Indianapolis) It's about an hour away. Town run trail is much less wooded, it's on much less land. Town Run trail is much more of a "gimmick" trail where things are artificially created for difficulty. Westwood is a REAL trail. No gimmicks, just a great natural landscape that you traverse. Town Run Trail is like a squigly scribble in a square box. You pass within 3 feet of the same trail you just went over about a hundred times. At Westwood Park...you never get close to the path you just crossed.
Comparison Based on Automobile Racing:
Town Run Trail (Autocross course in a parking lot)
Westwood Trail (Road America)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 24, 2009]
Dayres
Cross Country Rider

This is a very different trail than Town Run in Indianapolis. This trail will definitely test your fitness level, as there is a lot of drawn out climbing, especially in the final 2/3's of the trail. The downhill sections of the trail are not very fast, but really test your balance and braking ability. Lots of wildlife can be seen from the trail, I saw at least 5 deer on my last ride, and the trail isn't ridden very heavily. Lots of hairpin turns, but few technical challenges such as jumps, ramps, drop-offs, etc. The trail is fairly narrow is several places and could use some widening to make it more open and faster. The addition of a wrap around loop after about 2-3 miles would be ideal so riders could ride it .5 or 1.5 times. During summer months, the foliage can be pretty dense in the areas near the lake where the tree cover isn't as intense; this leads to low levels of visibility in these areas.

Similar Products Used:

Town Run Park - Indianapolis. Rangeline Nature Preserve - Anderson.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 15, 2008]
dkaros
Weekend Warrior

Just rode this over the weekend and just before the Brown County Breakdown.

This is a great beginner to intermediate level of trail. Plenty of twists and turns, moderate climbing. The best part is that the trail takes you around the lake and in the fall, the colors and the lake are stunning.

I was staying with a friend in north Indy so this was about an hour to get to the park. Worth the ride especially considering it is a 10 mile loop. If you feel strong, do it twice.

I can see that this trail would stay wet for several days. It is quite a dense forest. Some of the valleys and bridges offer great scenery in the forest.

Take water, tubes, pump, and any other essentials. There is nothing else out there except, trees, trails and great scenery.

Customer Service

There is only one route and that is the 10 mile loop around the lake.

Similar Products Used:

Town Run in North Indy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2008]
fischdaddy
Cross Country Rider

This is my first summer riding in Indiana, (I am a transplant from WI), and I have made a once a month date with Westwood because of how much fin it ISN'T to ride this trail. Three words to describe this trail would be work, work, work. Unless you are world class you won't find yourself saying "WEEEEEE" very often, but when you are finished, and back at the crib you will feel like you earned that beer in your hand (or case in your fridge). It is rather pricey, and can be secluded at times, so bring an extra tube, and some friends. If you pay your dues trudging through Westwood now and then you will appreciate the warp-speed nature of Town Run (AKA 96th Street), and you will ride with that sense of "hard core entitlement" that we all love to have. I'm not saying that Westwood is all lame and no game, but bring lots of water, and even more patience because you will need both. It is only worth the drive if you bring along some cronies and or homies to split the gas and the pass, otherwise ride at your own risk Warbucks. Lastly, look at the recent weather, this trail like to stay wet for a while after a rain, just because the park opens the trail, doesn't mean it should be ridden, treat momma earth with some love and she'll love you back my brothers and sisters.

Similar Products Used:

Town Run Trail (AKA 96th Street)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 17, 2008]
indygreg
Weekend Warrior

Drove out from NE side of Indy today to ride. Not sure it was worth it. Well, at $4 a gallon, and $4.50 to get in I know it was not.

It is scenic in areas, that is for sure. It is a nice setting, not very crowded, etc. The trail is just okay IMHO. Lots of climbing, which I liked and which is hard to find in central IN. However, I just felt like you were never paid back for it . . . not a lot of areas to use gravity as your friend. So much of the trail has about 4' of visibility so it would take many passes to gain much confidence at all. You have no idea of what is next.

The open (non forest) areas are terrible. Like a 1" rut surrounded by grass. If it is mildly wet that spells trouble.

Bottom line: It is a good workout ride. It teaches climbing and it has a ton of tight turns. If this is what you like, it is good for you. If you like some speed, this trail is not for you. Now I am fairly tentative and others (especially when all the trail is fully dry) would clearly be faster than I went, but this is a very slow trail compared to 96th in Indy.

It is long, which is nice. The bad side is there are few places to stop if you want to rest for a moment and there is no way for lesser riders to take a short route, which is not ideal to attract riders.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 22, 2008]
woodencigars
Weekend Warrior

Westwood Park....
The trail is now ten miles long completely circling the 180 acre lake. The trail was completed in 2006 and features several bridges across fingers of the lake. The path is one way going counter-clockwise around the lake. Several log jumps are in the trail that offer a good challenge to those who are advanced in their riding skills. The single track path offers a wide variety of hills and valleys with plenty of tight high growth areas in the summer. However, some great views of the lake are also supplied along the path. The area is full of wild life including deer, coyotes, cranes, herrons and beavers. The trail is intermediate to advanced riding. Many of the obstacles can be walked over by beginners. One loop around the lake is usually an hour to an hour and a half. All in all a great ride. $2.00 per bike and $2.50 to enter the park.

Customer Service

The start of the trail is south of the Trailhead parking lot. The trail ends at the Trailhead parking lot. From the parking lot ride about 200 yards south and look to the left for a mile marker 0 sign. Every mile has a mile marker on the right of the path as you ride counter-clockwise around the lake.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 24, 2007]
Phil
Racer

I was disappointed with this trail. I've ridden it several times now and in different times of year, but I always leave disappointed. The trail is maybe a little too technical for my tastes with no real places to really get the heart rate up.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 12, 2007]
Nick "Supe" Slowik
Weekend Warrior

For Indiana I think this the one of the best single tracks around for the 1hr drive from Indy. The ride is not a technical ride but you are able to get a 10 mile burner. What makes this the best ride for me is NO PEOPLE busting your hump and going agro like you get near Indy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 01, 2007]
Haro
Weekend Warrior

First let it be said for those from outside the state, that Indiana is vertically challenged. This is not Kentucky, North Carolina or anywhere else with mountains. Don’t expect rock jumps, free riding cliffs, quarries, or screaming downhills with fire breakers.
Having said that, this is a nice trail.. A bit long and redundant after awhile but a good long ride. If you do the whole loop be prepared to be there awhile. It has many well maintained bridges, great scenic views and facilities to change, wash-up, picnic etc. The whole trail is ridable.. there is almost no place you would need to walk the bike unless you’re going after the rain in which case you should expect to get muddy. Once you enter past Big Dig (1/2 way point, backside of trail) you are committed to the duration. There are almost no ways to escape back to the starting point since a very large lake now lies between you and the parking lot. Bring a good amount of water and repair tools, mosquito repellant in the summer due to some swampy areas with a cool floating bridge on North end of the lake.

For Indy, this is one of the better trails. For mountain biking in general you are in the wrong state.

Customer Service

Enter at parks main gate and head towards the boat launch. Ride up the hill to the metal gate. Enter at the right side and then go south towards the dam (downhill). It’s a great aerobic workout.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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