Hickory Ridge - TRAIL

Hickory Ridge - Trail, Norman, Indiana

Great trail system in this area. Largest in Hoosier National Forest. Well marked with maps posted at all trail heads. You can link many trails together for a good days riding. Beginner to Expert. Miles are limited only by time.

User Reviews (10)

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Jeff Frownfelter   Weekend Warrior [Oct 04, 2003]

Hickory Ridge Trails are ruled by horses but they can definately be enjoyed by Cyclists. The horses should not hold you back! There are so many miles of trails here that you can ride all day. Better yet, camp almost anywhere you please according to National Forest rules and ride two days. You will not get bored of this area since there are so many trails and options. Trails are well marked. I have ridden here many years and have always enjoyed the area. Trails are challenging and there is something for everyone and every skill, though the beginner may be overwhelmed if they are not determined. Don't rule out riding in the winter when the ground is dry because most all horses will be gone. The middle of summer can be brutal humid and the largest water pack may not be enough. Slowly but surely maintenance is placing small crushed gravel on the trails, especially the worst areas near horse camps, which helps with the harsh horse damage in some areas. Overall, this is the best Indiana has to offer. I agree with another reviewer to bring a buddy if you really like to let loose because you can get way out there. If need be you can hobble to a gravel road and limp back to the car!

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Alex Stewart   [May 20, 1999]

These could be the best trails in Indiana if more people would ride them. FYI=> You can link Hickory with Knobstone/Nebo/Story Trail with a short road ride. At the end of Knobstone take a Right on the road downhill about 1 mile then follow the paved road to the left across bridge, at this point you are at the nortern edge of Hickory Ridge trail area. This is where my memory gets fuzzy. There are trails everywhere just ask somebody. You will find them. Miles and miles of singletrack. Some smooth, fast, wide and clear, others slightly overgrown or hoof printed. But the more this gets ridden the better this trail system will become. If you have grown tired of knobstone and seek some bigger hills, head to Hickory

Customer Service

Find a trail and ride it! Trail # 1 has an excellent downhill (depending on which way you take it) with many waterbar jumps. Lots O fun!

Similar Products Used: Knobstone to the Rocks and beyond (not the ordinary out and back)
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Tim Bailey   [Oct 24, 1999]

Tons of people ride the excellent single track that is knobstone trail. Unfortunately the vast majority of these people do not realize that just south of knobstone trail is the hickory ridge trail system. A short road ride from the turn around point on knobstone trail (2 miles maybe).
I have yet to ride 50% of the trails in this system. It is awesome. You could easily put in a 50-60 mile day on this system alone. The trails are a mix of decent fire road, gravel fire road, and single track.

At the end of knobstone trail take a right and ride on the road for a mile or so. Take the first left over a bridge (follow the pavement). Immediately after the bridge take a right onto a gravel road. Stay on this road (stay left) for about a half mile or so. Trail 20 will come in on the left side of the road. This is the closest way into the hickory ridge trail system.

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link from knobstone trail from trail 20 and 18.... and then do as big a ride as you want. We ride 35 miles full round trip.....

Similar Products Used: This is a national forest so bikes and horses are legal. There are a lot of horses on some trails.. so be good and get off you bike when you approach horses. A happy horse owner is the best kind for MTB public relations.
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Derek Dailey   [Apr 08, 2000]

This trail system rocks! It is the best trail system in Indiana. It is very close to Nebo Ridge (2 miles), I recomend combining the two trail systems for the ultimate singletrack adventure. There are killer climbs and white knucled decents. This trail system will challenge anyone. Hickory ridge has ove 40 miles of trails. This trail is five chillies fro Indiana, but I give It four because there are many better trails in the mountains.

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There are many to choose from.

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge
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Steve   [May 13, 2000]

You've got to love someplace in the Midwest that offers 42 miles of trails in one place. There are climbs, fast downhills, single track, any type of ride you could want in Indiana. BRING PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER. There is no place close to get either so pack it in and pack your trash out. Also remember, you need to purchase a Hoosier National permit prior to riding. These can be found at the Forest Office in Bedford or at many Central Indiana bike shops.

Similar Products Used: Wapahani, Valley Branch Retreat, Gnawbone
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PK   [Sep 17, 2000]

Too many trails to mention, lots of variety. head to trails 3, 11 and 12 for major DH action, then come up to 4 via 10 for a fast XC ride. Most of the trails are not overly technical, but not beginner-level either.
This area is a lot more popular with the horseriding public than Nebo Ridge, so watch out. I wouldn't recommend opening up full bore on the downhills, there are some blind switchbacks. one annoying feature of these trails is the presence of mud bogs left by horses mashing through stream crossings -- some of them are huge so you can't jump it or ride around. full knobbies are a wise choice on about 75% of the trail system.

Customer Service

South: 256W-39N-50W-135N-58W, right at the sign for trailhead (if you see the Norman Station sign, you've gone too far)
North: 65S-36W-135S-58W

Similar Products Used: Nebo Ridge, Waverley Park and Ft. Duffield (Louisville), Polaris ATV park (N. Vernon)
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Phillip Trausers   [Jun 25, 2001]

This is the best trail system in Indiana. The problem with them is the horese ridin' folk don't stay off the trails after a rain. This only effects about 2% of the trail area (lowlands). Once you climb out of the low areas you are rewarded with the nicest singletrack trails with long challenging climbs and the best downhills in the state.

Customer Service

From Nebo/Story Trailhead take 8 mile nebo trail to end then R on road about .75 mi to bridge on left cross bridge then R on gravel road for another .75 mi look for trail # 20 on left there is a permanent map/sign there. Go explore

Similar Products Used: Ottercreek (KY), Pinkney (MI), Nosedive (WV), National (AZ), oh and try the Nebo spur trails, good stuff - only when dry
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David   [Jul 16, 2001]

This is a beautiful and well maintained trail system (except for damage done by horses) This was one of the best ride i have ever been on. great variety of terrain and scenery. Only explored about 13 miles of trails and would love to go back. The ride is not overly techinical but there are some challenging sections that would give a novice trouble. Beatiful rdie! Make sure you have a map or follow trail markers.

Customer Service

Followed the Mountain Bike Indiana suggested route.

Similar Products Used: NEBO RIDGE. I have heard you can connect these trails. that would be great! I prefer Hicory for the variety of terrain/scenery/views/ and its not an out and back. You can see something new everywhere
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Cam   [Sep 29, 2001]

This was my second time to Hickory Ridge. I picked up trail passes from a store right off 446 across the street from the road that leads to IN Nat Forset Hardin Ridge recreation area. I had stopped at 2 different National Forest posts before to ask if I could buy passes there and they had no idea what I was talking about. Bought the passes from the store and the lady said I would need them cause there would be rangers out there on horses checking for trail apsses. This was my second time out there and once again I didn't need them. The trail is great except for the horse shit and damage done by them. For those people worried about mt bikers on trails I think they should take a look at horses. It would take about 20 riders going over the exact same piece of trail to even come close to the damage done by one horse. Besides the shit and the horses this is a great ride. I noticed this time they had done some work to trail 1 (alot of gravel added to the mud boggs) and overall gravel all over the place on trail 1. The main trail 18 remained the same as did all the others. They need to chop down the fallen tress on trail 3

Customer Service

Follow Mt Bike IN route. Haven't tried others but Im sure they are great

Similar Products Used: Wapehani, Nebo Ridge, Valley branch Retreat
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Thomas   [Apr 24, 2002]

I went to this trail in the early spring last year. First advice is, leave early in the morning if coming from Indy. It's a long winding road to get there and on some of the roads I thought I was in Appalachia

Also, take a couple buddys with you. I went alone and to be honest this place is so remote that you would be in a world of #$#@! if you got hurt.

Don't take this trail if you're not in decent shape. The hills are steep and challenging. You can ride all day without running out of new trails.

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See previous review

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