Idlewild - TRAIL

Idlewild - Trail, Burlington, Kentucky

There are three loops of singletrack. A hard, medium and beginner loop. The signs say the hard and medium are 2.5 miles but they are actually 1.75 miles. The beginner loop is a legit .5 miles. The medium loop is the most fun and has the best layout. The hard loop is mainly hard due to the amount of switchbacks you encounter not too much speed on the hard loop. The beginner one is very fast.

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1362   Weekend Warrior [Jun 22, 2013]

This is the England Idlewild trail. just called Idlewild

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4
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3
Bradym77   Weekend Warrior [Nov 26, 2011]

This is the longest trail system in NKY. They have all levels of trails and it seems everytime I come out here there's something new. They recently added a couple little fun warmup trails that definitely leave a smile on your face. The Advanced trails are getting a little worn (roots = bump city)and with me on a hard tail it's getting painful. All in all it's a fun time and my kids love the beginner trails.

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I haven't been on these trails lately and when I went back recently I seen they added a couple little fun trails. The first is right when you come into the park on the right. They have a small sign stating Hike/Bike Trail. It's a flowy little piece of singletrack that will take you to the concrete walking trail. I don't know how long it is but it's longer than the beginner and shorter than the intermediate. So somewhere around a mile I would guess.

Once you get to the main trail area they have a new trail named the Runaround. This is a VERY fun flowy trail leading down to the Shelter area. Lots of berms, turns and jumps.

Once down in the shelter area you have your choice of a short fun beginner trail (good for post ride cool off's), an Intermediate, I believe 3 Advanced Loops (I only do 1 and 3), and the Technical (full of switchbacks, up's and down's, and deer...last time I rode it one froze right in my path after a fast turn...totally yard sale'd).

Similar Products Used: Devou Backcountry. I cannot say enough about this trail. The hill to the top will test you. It's the price you pay for the fun that is awaiting you at the top and when you get to ride it back down. There's no way you leave this trail with anything but a huge grin and some worn out muscles because you don't want to stop riding.
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4
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4
Curlymurt   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2008]

I agree with the other reviews. When I first rode this trail system, I was surprised at how many loops (skill level) and features this park has. The beginner loop is perfect for the beginner. I even saw a five year old out there once with his dad. The intermediate is just that, intermediate; and the advanced the same. The little play land - log mounds of difference sizes, a couple teeter totters, long thin planks, curved banks, rock garden - is so much fun to ride around on before and after you hit a trail. It can help improve your skills before you actually hit the trail. This trail system doesn't really have big climbs or down hills, but somehow manages to keep you entertained.

On the back of the first advanced loop they are adding an alternate path made up of wooden 'S' curves that bank. I can't wait til it's completed to go ride.

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All of them.

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5
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4
Brady   Weekend Warrior [Nov 10, 2007]

Went out to the trails after work today to release some steam and "de-stress" when I reached the bottom of the trails and what do I see? The boy scouts building some new toys to play on! I don't know what all they built but they were building in several different locations where the Connector Trail starts. I can't wait to try their new creations and the pile of wood they have is high! God Bless the Boy Scouts and all their creations!

Customer Service

Start out on Advanced Loop 4 as a warm up and work your way down then the Intermediate as a cool down. Hit the Beginners trail and treat it as a speed track. Blowing through the trees at breakneck speeds inches from a 4 foot fall into the rocky creek bed is what it's all about. The same can be said for the last quarter of the intermediate trail. Save some energy for some major speed through these sections. Technical trail makes up for any doubts you have about how "advanced" the advanced trails are.

Similar Products Used: As if anything could compare to here?
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5
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4
KD4MGE   Cross Country Rider [Jun 07, 2007]

First time I had EVER ridden a mtb trail was here this morning. I'm a big hiker/backpacker; I'd call it a fast hike on wheels. I did the beginner and intermediate loops; these trails were challenging but not difficult. I felt comfortable riding these trails. Most of these paths were in the bush; due to the high amount of shade, sunglasses were a detriment. The trails were very well maintained (I finally appreciate paying Boone County taxes through my old job), and it was nice that they all looped back to the starting point. The obstacle course was FUN (hehe - teeter-totter on a bike!), giving me the chance to figure out how to do some of this stuff before I ran into one on the trail. Interesting to note that on my way out of the trails I passed about a dozen or so police bikers, most likely they were going down to the trails for either a fun outing or a training/refreshing seminar. I saw Boone Co. Sheriff, Elsemere cops, and a couple of other departments which I didn't catch their twon/county affiliations. They've got all this cool equipment on their bikes - I'd like to see if I can find one of those bags that they have slung over the back wheel; that looks really useful.

I plan to memorize this trail.

Customer Service

Only did the beginner and intermediate; both are recommended. I wouldn't have minded doing the paved loop around the park as either a warm-up or warm-down.

Similar Products Used: Haven't been on any of them, but I've found out on this site about the one in Ft. Thomas and the one in East Fork, across the river.
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4
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2
xxraven2002xx   Cross Country Rider [Aug 18, 2006]

I ride these trails several times a week. They are the best around! The intermediate trail is great for warming up before heading over to the advanced and technical loops. The advanced loop 1 has 1 short but fun little drop and 1 slow grade downhill before bridge. Many creek crossings, trees to avoid!

The technical loop is very challenging. The back half of it is a blast! Log ramps, tetter-totters, creek crossings many switchbacks and a great figure 8 section built into the side of a hill!

A must ride for anyone in the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana area

Customer Service

All of them!

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5
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5
dlink72   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2006]

This is a great trail system that has expanded in length over the past couple of years. I've been able to volunteer on a couple of builds on this system and have met most of the people involved in the creation and upkeep of these trails. They are all great people and do a fantastic job keeping these trails rideable. The total mileage on these trails is somewhere around 11 miles. The last time I rode every trail back to back I had 11.5 miles on my computer which was starting and finishing at my car. As mentioned in another post, the trails are posted with mileage, but are a little off. Here's what I have:

Beginner: .5
Intermediate: 1.7
Advanced loop 1: 1.8
loop 2: 1.5
loop 3: 2.2
loop 4: 0.7
Technical : 2.5
The ride in and out as well as the connector trail make up the rest.

To start the ride you must exit the parking lot by making a right turn on the paved trail which starts next to the covered picnic table. Go about 0.2 miles and look for the opening in the trees where you'll see the trail that slopes down a steep open field. You can take two paths, but both end up at the bottom of the hill next to 2 more covered tables.

There you'll see a map and several signs that lead to all trails. Across the bridge are several practice stunts to sharpen your technical skills. All of the trails are connected within about 0.1 miles from the bridge and are meant to be ridden in one direction. The beginner is short, smooth, and fast and is a good warm up and cool down. The intermediate is just as fast, and includes several short climbs and quick turns. Look out for people on the far east side of the loop for it briefly intersects itself on a blind corner. The Advanced loops are the most recent to be completed. They consist of 4 loops that are easily identified by signs and have a variety of climbs, quick descents, and a few wood stunts on the west side which were completed this past winter. The last is the technical loop which consists of two halves divided by the entry trail. If you're new to the sport you might wait until your technical skills develop. It has many short, steep climbing and descending switch back turns, a few drops and obstacles.
Idlewild has something for every skill level and in my opinion will only get better. The downside is that you can't ride after a rain thanks to the clay.

Customer Service

From 71-75 take the Florence exit. Go west on 18 Until Burlington (approx 4-5 miles). Turn right at the 4-way stop onto Idlewild road. Go past the Boone County Fairground and look for England Idlewild park on the right. Enter the park and go straight until the end. Park at the end of the lot between the last two baseball fields.

Similar Products Used: East Fork.
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5
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3
inthewoods   Weekend Warrior [Apr 25, 2006]

This trail system is very fun and well laid out. There are trails for all levels of mountain biker which are well marked. I've only been to this place a handful of times, but plan on going there more often. Whoever maintains these has put considerable work into it by armoring the trail with rock and various "stunts" throughout the system.

The beginner trail is flat and fast which makes for a nice warm up. The Intermediate trail and Advanced trails are where the real fun begins. There are several sections I have to walk, keeping it challenging but there's enough single track to groove on that makes it worthwhile.

I have not tried the technical trail yet.

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5
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0
isaacstokes   Cross Country Rider [Dec 11, 2005]

Hi Everyone, I rode this trail with my wife when visiting her parents this fall. FIRST RATE!! DEFINITELY MAKE AN EFFORT TO RIDE THIS TRAIL SYSTEM! We are avid riders living in Boulder, Colorado but I have to say this place rocked. -All singletrack. -Well signed -Enough mileage to give a good workout -Some beautiful old growth sycamore trees down along the riverbottom -Really, I was shocked at how fun it was. Bravo to those who designed an built this trail. -Couple of fun little teter toters and such... adds to the challenge -Uncrowded when we visited One cavaet.. it is right, and I mean right, next to the airport. Depending on the runway they are using the planes can blot out the sky. I would bring an ipod if possible, noise is not too bad though... you WILL have an excellent time. Park in the lots past the ballfield then ride right on paved path and follow the dirt path down to the left after a short distance (easy to find) at the bottom of that hill in the riverbottom you will see the signed loops... we thought they were all fun. Happy Trails.

Similar Products Used: East Fork is good fun too.
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4
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2
Emily The Queen of Single   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2005]

These trails rock!!! Great upkeep (I should know, I help with a lot of the work out here. Even had a 5 month long infection on the side of my leg that really cramped my riding from benching some black locust thorns offa the trail, but that is a different story) and it has now expanded to 4 loops of advanced, 1 intermediate, 1 beginner and 1 technical. The trail designers have also gone a wee bit crazy and put in somthing called a rock wall. You have to see it to believe it, email me if you want a picture. it can be found on adv. loop 1 and is also accessed by 2, but that gets a bit wonky as you are then spat back to 1. They also have a practice area with a teeter totter, log piles, jump, balance beam and rock garden. there is also a short loop that will let you do a 5-6 inch deep creek crossing a rock garden then to the creek crossing. yeah it gets a wee bit like a play ground, but hey it's fun. oh and i almost forgot the slick rock creek crossing that connects the beg. and inter. loops mid way through. like i said, play ground. but hey,we're there for fun, right? There are also park sponsered night rides here about once a month, mucho funo. Since this is a very popular park, watch out for grommits. If you want to lend a hand keeping these trails excellent, contact Bill Renner @ EITrails@insightbb.com make sure that your email account will accept emails from people not on your list till you hear back from him, he uses his personal account to get in touch with you.

Customer Service

Whatever your sick little heart desires.

Similar Products Used: I just picked up mtn biking again this spring and since i have had so many problems with my infection i haven't been able to do much and when I have, i didn't want to stray to far from this area incase my leg started hurting real bad (I'm telling you, watch out for Black locust thorns, they are nasty!) but i have heard that Eastfork just flat rocks. I used to camp up there all the time when i was growing up so i know that there are a lot of trails there.
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5
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3
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