Potato Creek State Park - Trail, North Liberty, Indiana

Potato Creek State Park - Trail, North Liberty, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

This trail was constructed as a partnership between the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) and the DNR. NIMBA donated nearly 1,500 man- hours of volunteer labor to create the 6.7-mile beginner-level trail.

Potato Creek becomes the fifth property, and only the third state park in the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs to have a mountain bike trail.

Potato Creek State Park
25601 St Rd 4
North Liberty IN 46554
(574) 656-8186

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 16, 2011]
Nathan L
Cross Country Rider

You pull into the park, and there is no signage for it on the big signs with 20 arrows for every other activity in the park. I finally stumble upon the "bicycle trail" and am annoyed and riding two miles on pavement until I finally find the "mountain bike trail." Get a map before you go.

Once I was on the trail, the first two miles were fun. Little ups and downs, fun grooves through grass fields, little rock gardens, sandy corners. Nothing earth shattering, but enough spice to keep it interesting. About 2 miles in I feel like the trail designers gave up. It brought the suck. It just gets boring and monotonous. I don't recall ever looking at the trail markers on a trail and wishing they'd go by faster before. THEN, about mile 5, it gets kinda fun again. So, half the trail is decent, half is mind numbing monotony.

To the person below me: "flow" is about the last word I'd use to describe this trail, even the better half. Flow is fast, rollers, berms, the kind of trail that plasters a smile up. No flow here.

Customer Service

The one that doesn't start with a half hour of wandering.

Similar Products Used:

Winona Lake

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 31, 2011]
Cormac
Weekend Warrior

I actually try and ride this at least twice a week, if not 3 times. This is some nice single track. Smooth for the most part, with a very nice flow. Not to rooty, I didn't really notice any technical sections. There are a few rock gardens, but they are quite small. None of the hills are to tough, and there are a few spots you can pick up a ton of speed on the downhill! As I said, it's mostly smooth easy flowing single track. Don't get to carried away though with the speed, there are a few turns that will flip you over the bars if your not careful. And one spot you can easily use as a 3-4 foot drop, if you like. Otherwise just roll down it.

Rated a 5 star, just because it's fun but not to complicated.

Customer Service

Very well marked, only one route really. Park at the beach, follow the gravel walking path away from the beach, cross the road and the trail head is marked with a bike symbol on your right, say 40 yards or so after the road. After that, just stay on the path.

Similar Products Used:

Bluhm County Park, Westville
Rum Village, South Bend

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 15, 2010]
superspike25
Weekend Warrior

Loved this trail. Trail is very fast and flowy without any strenuous hills. Great for beginners, however, there are obstacles off to the side of the main path (log piles, rocks). Some of the turns and dips can be quite challenging if going full speed. Fall foliage in this park is gorgeous. Would definitely recommend this trail for riders looking for a fun, fast ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 08, 2010]
steelworx
Weekend Warrior

Very nice flow to this singletrack trail. Beginner level designation DOES NOT mean higher level riders won't enjoy it. From the getgo you can feel the slight elevation gain. Fast rolling hills with a rock garden bridge and a rocky switchback climb. There is one spot in some woods where you have some sinkholes you ride thru one single and a double. Careful on the double or you could plant into the backside of the 2nd hole.

Similar Products Used:

Rum Village Parkway, South Bend,Indiana ; Outback Trail @Imagination Glen, Portage, Indiana ; Dr. T.K. Lawless, Vandalia, Mich.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2009]
B Kitch
Weekend Warrior

All I can say is "fun, fast, fun" all the posts have it right. This is not just for beginners! . I ride Fort Custer all the time and I think this more fin than any loop out there! They did an excellent job building this track. I hope the plans to add to it happens. Great camping close to trail head completes this experience.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 26, 2009]
trek820
Weekend Warrior

Great trail, no complaints here, like the surprise drops around the corners, the uphill rock garden was a setback for me, maybe I'll do better next time, I wouldn't call it a beginners trail, someone with limited experience may read that and go hog wild only to find themselves upside down. I give it two thumbs up!

Similar Products Used:

Winona Lake, Rum Village

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 08, 2009]
STACKBARREL
Weekend Warrior

Fun trail! Don't let the "Beginner" rating fool you. It almost kept me from going. Glad I took a chance and went! This is one fun trail if you want to spin the cranks. Probably the smoothest trail I've been on. There are no big hills to climb or downed trees to jump. There are some interesting rock sections. It has a nice flow through some slightly hilly landscape. The park itself is nice. Beach, picnic areas, hiking trails etc. Aerobic difficulty? The faster you ride, the higher the heart rate! $4.00 to get in. Go ride it!

Customer Service

Follow the signs. Good markings. 1st time there and I had no missed turns! Get a map at the entrance gate.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 07, 2009]
irishskier
Weekend Warrior


Trail is in great shape. NIMBA and the Park have done an amazing job. Like the re-routed section. A couple of soft spots, but very nice overall. A couple of optional nice jumps added - well done for those who like them. Great track for all levels!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2008]
mountainT
Cross Country Rider

I went camping at Potato Creek and was not that excited about there new trail because it was rated beginner. I was very wrong. It is a beginner trail but its one of those great beginner trails that is very fast and flowing.

The trail is 6.6 miles but its worth doing a couple of laps so you can get your speed up. The trail is almost never straight and hardly ever flat. The turns are flowing and the hill are small but you can get some great speed. The trial is at the top end of beginner and a experienced rider will still have a great time.

Hats off to the guys that built it "great job". The web sight said they are going to build an advanced and intermedent trail. If the trail had 10 more miles potato creek could really became a mountain biking destination.

PS its also only 15 miles away from one of the only whitewater parks in the midwest the "East raceway"

Thanks for the great trail and I can't wait to go back next year and see what else you guys have done. Also it you can stay away from the one way routes, there's really not enough traffic to need it.

Customer Service

Go in a circle

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 28, 2008]
sbhockey
Weekend Warrior

Pretty nice trail. Still a bit rough, but getting much better. I've been taking guys there for their first ride's.

Customer Service

Follow trail markers. For a warm up/ cool down, you can ride the paved path. Park in the front of the park, ride the path to the back of the park, and pick up the trail. Then ride back to the front for a cool down.

Similar Products Used:

Rum village, Lawless

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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