Fun. Fast. Flow.
Three words that describe one of the best-kept secrets of United States mountain biking. However, Brown County won't be a secret for long. It's been designed from scratch by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. With miles and miles of flowing trail, scenic vistas and amazing terrain Brown County has become a world-class mountain biking destination.
We are proud to announce that in its March 2009 issue Bike magazine named Brown County one of the best 33 trail systems in North America! It was also named runner-up in the "Best Trail Network" category. The editors said "its 19 miles of singletrack is among the most varied terrain east of the Mississippi. From berms to steep switchbacks to tight trees to rock gardens, these trails have it all. And even more are on the way, with an ambitious expansion plan already in the works."
In its March, 2008 issue Bike magazine said that Brown County has "flowed-out berms, tight switchbacks and hand-built rock features that will leave you thinking you landed in Tsali [North Carolina] or Canaan [West Virginia]. Ride an out-and-back, and you've got 30-plus miles. Switchbacks? Plenty. Steep climbs? Just like the East Coast. Natural beauty? It's at an all-time high in the fall." In the July 2008 issue of Dirt Rag magazine former editor Michael Browne wrote, "Hills, rocks, trees, roots. A place that reminds you why wheels turn. A place that reminds you that the grass isn't always greener two states over."
The Brown County mountain bike trail system is located entirely within Brown County State Park. It is Indiana's largest state park. Since 2004, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association has been hard at work building the best singletrack trails around. With four loops and three connector trails already complete, Brown County State Park has almost twenty miles of trail with much more to come.
The future holds a lot of promise for mountain biking in Brown County. With the award of a $150,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant and a $10,000 Bikes Belong Grant additional trails are right now being professionally built by hardworking volunteers and professional trail builders. This is the largest federal grant ever received by a non-profit mountain bike club in the United States.
Brown County BreakdownFrom browncountymountainbiking.com/breakdown:
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 11, 2009. The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Brown County Breakdown - HMBA Epic Ride. Come support the HMBA for our biggest fundraising event, and enjoy an epic ride on beautiful trails within one of the largest and best-preserved contiguous hardwood forests in the Midwest. The ride begins and ends at beautiful Brown County State Park near Nashville, Indiana. We have a full weekend of events planned, so please join us on Saturday, October 10, 2009 as well.
Getting ThereBrown County State Park is located in south-central Indiana between Bloomington and Columbus in Nashville, Indiana.
North Gate EntranceThe North Gate Entrance is located on IN-46/IN-135 East of Nashville. All of the locals know to roll "Sub-9". If you use the North Gate entrance, you must go through a covered bridge over Salt Creek. Vertical clearance is only 9 feet. Large trucks, vans, campers or RV's may not make it through. If you have a roof rack with bikes or gear on top, be aware of the height of your vehicle. If your vehicle will not clear, you will have to use the West Gate Entrance.
West Gate EntranceThe West Gate Entrance is located on IN-46 Southwest of Nashville.
Horseman's Camp EntranceThe Horseman's Camp Entrance is located on IN-135 Southwest of Nashville. It does not provide access to mountain bike trails.
Rules1. Wear a helmet.
2. The park is open year round from 6am to 11pm. Night riding is permitted until 11pm.
3. Avoid riding when there is standing water and/or your tires are leaving an imprint on the trail surface for a significant stretch.
4. Riders yield to hikers/runners. Faster riders yield to slower riders. Safe passing is achieved through awareness and consideration by both parties.
5. The use of headphones is strongly discouraged.
When To Bike
Trail ConditionsThe latest trail conditions are posted on the HMBA Brown County State Park Forum.
HoursThe park opens at 6am and closes at 11pm. Night riding is permitted until 11pm.
ClosingsTrail closings are posted on the HMBA Brown County State Park Forum.
WeatherIt is a good idea to check the NWS Forecast and NWS Precipitation Analysis before planning a ride. During the winter, the area is subject to freeze-thaw cycles that leave the trail vulnerable during the middle and later parts of the day. The generally accepted rule is to avoid riding the trail when there is standing water and/or your tires are leaving an imprint on the trail surface for a significant stretch.
CampingTent and RV camping as well as cabin accomadations are available. Please see the Indiana DNR Brown County State Park website.
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