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    Brown County: First trip

    Going to check out brown county tomorrow, super excited.

    Was wondering what a good place to park and start, by North Gate maybe?

    Is there a Gas station close by or something where i can get some energy if needed?

    I am going down with a friend and her kids and was wondering about things they can do and check out while I am riding so they stay entertained?

    Any cool restaurants in the area?

    I really want to plop a tent down and stay but i can't, however i want to later this month. Any recommendations for a good small tent?

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    I'm also curious which trails may be too technical. I feel at disadvantage at times with obstacles since i am on a 26er lol.
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    Nashville is actually a real touristy type of town. Lots of shops and galleries. Plenty to keep non riders occupied.
    The main starting point is the trailhead at the Rally Campsite. In your situation, starting at the North gate might work out well. It's right at the pool so, again, the non riders can hang there if you want. Another plus for the North Gate start is that you'll do most of the climbing on the way out. Coming back will be far more downhill oriented.
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    - Park at the north trailhead, which is on the right side just past the pool. Remember that when you enter the north gate, there's a covered bridge and it only has a 9' clearance!

    - If you head a mile or so west on 46/135, there'll be places for you to buy food and drinks.

    - There's a little (and I do mean LITTLE!) waterpark inside the Abe Martin Lodge that I'm sure your friend's kids would enjoy! There's a big pool outside, that I mentioned above, too.

    - We drove into town (which is not even 10 mins away) and ate at a place called Big Woods Brewing Co. Overall, pretty decent!

    - As far as the trails... I was told by a local that Schooner Trace Trail is pretty difficult, but we didn't get a chance to ride it. All the other trails weren't too techy at all, but fast & flowy with some good climbs to make your legs burn...

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    Schooner is a madman. I LOVE technical trails and I can't begin to ride that trail without several hike-a-bikes. I also wouldn't consider it without knee and elbow armor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxtar View Post
    Schooner is a madman. I LOVE technical trails and I can't begin to ride that trail without several hike-a-bikes. I also wouldn't consider it without knee and elbow armor.

    That's some good info for my next trip down there. Thanks!

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    Make sure you ride Green Valley. Great trail. My favorite. Walnut is a good challenge. Not too difficult. I've ridden it all other than Schooner. Nothing that the average rider couldn't handle with a solid effort.
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    Awesome, thanks for all the tips.

    I would like to ask what trail(s) are "must ride" there, i see one vote for Walnut!

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    Start by the pool and ride out and go left. Each trail section is like a loop. If you stay left and ride the whole way there is a small shop to get snacks at the end of the trail by the camp grounds. When returning stay left and you will hit everything you missed on the way out. That should get you roughly 25 miles.

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    Damn I forgot to bring the water bottle for my bike. Any place close I can get one?

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    Walk down Schooner. I'm sure someone will have dropped one.
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    Haha awesome.

    Well I found a walmart and scored one....albeit quite a cheesy one compared to LBS models lol.

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    A bottle of gatorade would've worked, too...

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    Wow there are Roadies everywhere!

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    Killer ride, "staying left" was an awesome tip. 15 miles out so I could do 30 round trip, wow. Not used to all the climbing, great ride.

    I really like setup where u can start at north gate and ride to the camp ground that has a store where u can get energy and water, nice!

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    Final route:
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    If i start at hesitation point and head towards north gate is that going to be more downhill orientated? I think that makes sense as boy i had a hell of a long climb on Aynes that looked like it would be super fast and fun the other direction.

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    Looks like you missed the Green Valley Trail! We missed it too, but it might have been a good thing, since my one buddy (who we like to call "crampy") was already *****in' and moaning about his legs being sore! Next time, we're not bringing him with!

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    Did Brown a few months ago. Very clean and fun. Hesitation point to North gate is a DH ride(mostly).

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    Dang I missed out then. Hopefully I can make it back this month.

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    I've heard there are some great trails here. Is it worth making a weekend trip out of or mainly just a day trip? I'd be coming from Cleveland Ohio so was considering making it a weekend trip since it's a pretty long drive over.

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    I'd say make a weekend trip out of it! That way, if there's sections of the trail you missed the first day, you can go back and ride them the next. Or, there are other trails within an hour's drive from BCSP that you can hit on your way home. Just don't ride Nebo Ridge! Way too many downed trees killed lots of the flow (and the fun!), so my buddies and I ended-up turning around after about 3 miles in and called it a day...!

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    It looks like a 6 hour drive so you'll definitely want to make a weekend trip. You can camp at Brown County, or there are a few other places to stay in the area.

    If you too worn out for other trails, Indy is also a cool place to ride around and have fun. They have a nice bike path system and places to hang if you are into urban/bike path rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDDonny View Post
    I'd say make a weekend trip out of it! That way, if there's sections of the trail you missed the first day, you can go back and ride them the next. Or, there are other trails within an hour's drive from BCSP that you can hit on your way home. Just don't ride Nebo Ridge! Way too many downed trees killed lots of the flow (and the fun!), so my buddies and I ended-up turning around after about 3 miles in and called it a day...!
    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    It looks like a 6 hour drive so you'll definitely want to make a weekend trip. You can camp at Brown County, or there are a few other places to stay in the area.

    If you too worn out for other trails, Indy is also a cool place to ride around and have fun. They have a nice bike path system and places to hang if you are into urban/bike path rides.
    Thanks for the info. It looks like Rally Campground is the closest camping to the trails. Does Rally campground have bathrooms and showers? I don't mind primitive camping, but if I'm going to be biking all day I'll definitely need a shower!

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    Well the Rally Campground might be preserved for large groups of people. The regular campground has a store, showers, restrooms and one of the MTB trails starts/ends there and is generally close enough so I wouldn't worry about it.

    Also, you can ride on the park roads to whatever starting point you want (hesitation point, north gate) from the campground or use them to commute to wherever on your bike and it's no biggie. I was wowed about how many roadies I saw riding all over the area so you won't feel out of place...and you'll get some mega speed!

    I rode from the campground store to West Lookout Tower on the road to meet up with my party and it was about 4.5 miles and fun!

    This place is a giant playground for us since we can ride both MTB trails and tour around on pavement.

    I mean, i do plan on camping down here this season, I scoped it all out and that is what I am gonna do, just ride from the campground on the road to whatever starting point i want

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    Rally campground is primitive and located just outside the actual campground. I would expect that you probably could sneak in for a shower and no one is going to stop you if you're not stupid about it, making it obvious.
    Otherwise, the standard campsites are all close enough that riding to the trailhead is not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDDonny View Post
    I'd say make a weekend trip out of it! That way, if there's sections of the trail you missed the first day, you can go back and ride them the next. Or, there are other trails within an hour's drive from BCSP that you can hit on your way home. Just don't ride Nebo Ridge! Way too many downed trees killed lots of the flow (and the fun!), so my buddies and I ended-up turning around after about 3 miles in and called it a day...!
    The Forest service has been out last week and this clearing the storm damage. Nebo should be good again.

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    In Brown County State Park, check out the Raccoon Ridge Campground. It offers primitive electric and nonelectric sites. There are showers, flush and pit toilets and a camp store. The Limekiln and Walnut trailheads are just outside the campground. If memory serves, the sites cost about $25 a night and you have to reserve two night over the weekend. Be sure to make sure no race or special event is planned on the trails for the weekend you're considering, and reserve your campsite well in advance. They fill up quick. Check out Hoosier Mountain Bike Association for lots of good info on the trails and park.

    By the way, there were lots of roadies in the park last weekend because of an event for which the park served as a central SAG. It's not usually like that.

    ETA: Here's the website to reserve a camping space at BCSP.
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    Are the trails well marked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by STACKBARREL View Post
    Are the trails well marked?
    Yes. However you will run into "T"s where the is a marker, but all it says is what loop it is and that you can go left or right So for your first few times out you will want a map to know where you are etc....unless you like not knowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    Yes. However you will run into "T"s where the is a marker, but all it says is what loop it is and that you can go left or right So for your first few times out you will want a map to know where you are etc....unless you like not knowing.
    Yup, that's how we missed riding the Green Valley Trail! HMBA.org has a map that costs $7.50, but it's really good quality and is money well spent! Didn't have it with us though...!

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    I agree that whole trail system was pretty sweet along with a great quaint town. Did the Super D they had last weekend and it was a fast easy course. Make sure you hit the "Hob Knob" for some bfest!
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    brown county is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oifla View Post
    brown county is awesome!

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    First trip

    Heading to ride BC this weekend, can't wait! I have heard nothing but great things, so I really look forward to the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiba Inu's Rock View Post
    I agree that whole trail system was pretty sweet along with a great quaint town. Did the Super D they had last weekend and it was a fast easy course. Make sure you hit the "Hob Knob" for some bfest!
    Hey, I think I met you. I was walking my shiba up near the north gate parking lot. I didn't race the Super D, but maybe I will next year. The course seemed like it would have been super fast and the weather was perfect. I rode the north half of the park on Saturday and the south half Sunday morning while the race was going on.

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    Echo the love Brown County sentiment. If you have a wife/girlfriend/daughter/other female friend who bikes or is even slightly interested in mountain biking the women's clinic there in June is awesome. Put on by same folks who did SuperD. Both I and my kiddo started learning there (there's a youth Linux same weekend!) in June2011. Back again this June. Have gone from not knowing MTB to riding nearly ever trail there (except Schooner and Hesitation Point).

    Used the SuperD ( and the need to ride new bikes) as an excuse to drive from Milwaukee down to BCSP to do our first ever bike races in the SuperD. Shorter /Intro course (still didn't have nerve to tackle HP...next year).



    12 yo kiddo was in the intro men's class. Unfortunately, his mom (me) only hand tightened his GoPro mount. Guess our warm ups on Pine Loop loosened it, and in the race it came off. He had to stop pick it all up and get going. Suspect if that hadn't happened he would have medaled. Meanwhile, this happened to me... :-)



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    Quote Originally Posted by kimikaw View Post
    Used the SuperD ( and the need to ride new bikes) as an excuse to drive from Milwaukee down to BCSP to do our first ever bike races in the SuperD. Shorter /Intro course (still didn't have nerve to tackle HP...next year).
    I am willing to bet you could ride HP no problem, especially going down. It's really not that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimikaw View Post
    Meanwhile, this happened to me... :-)



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    Hey Sock, yeah that was me that stopped you guys walking your Shiba! I saw you guys at the start of the super d and was gonna see if I could have petted him for good luck, should have because I clipped a tree about a mile down hp! Still finished 5th in the beginner class. Such a cool unique breed and cant wait to come back to that area.
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    Awesome job on the 1st place!!

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I am willing to bet you could ride HP no problem, especially going down. It's really not that bad.
    I agree, ya could at least attempt it. I only rode it going up the hill and it was a pain in the ass to climb and handle the technical stuff while already being winded. Going down hill would have been a lot nicer on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimikaw View Post
    Echo the love Brown County sentiment. If you have a wife/girlfriend/daughter/other female friend who bikes or is even slightly interested in mountain biking the women's clinic there in June is awesome. Put on by same folks who did SuperD. Both I and my kiddo started learning there (there's a youth Linux same weekend!) in June2011. Back again this June. Have gone from not knowing MTB to riding nearly ever trail there (except Schooner and Hesitation Point).

    Used the SuperD ( and the need to ride new bikes) as an excuse to drive from Milwaukee down to BCSP to do our first ever bike races in the SuperD. Shorter /Intro course (still didn't have nerve to tackle HP...next year).



    12 yo kiddo was in the intro men's class. Unfortunately, his mom (me) only hand tightened his GoPro mount. Guess our warm ups on Pine Loop loosened it, and in the race it came off. He had to stop pick it all up and get going. Suspect if that hadn't happened he would have medaled. Meanwhile, this happened to me... :-)



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    Quote Originally Posted by dickeydoo View Post
    Caution: This medal you have could lead to an addiction.
    That warning may have come one race too late. Next up for kiddo and I racing at the Fall Colors Festival here in WI.
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    That's really cool, Kim. Congrats on the win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimikaw View Post
    That warning may have come one race too late. Next up for kiddo and I racing at the Fall Colors Festival here in WI.
    Thats a fun event, I've done it a few times. I'm not sure if I'll be there this year or not
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    Rode Brown County last weekend, super fun trails! Kudos to those that make and maintain the trails. It is a really nice area. I will make the drive back for sure.

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    Are there any other interesting trails to check out in the area? Just looking to explore the area is all.

    I am down here for my 2nd time and had an absolute blast yesterday, even went down the mountain this time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    Are there any other interesting trails to check out in the area? ...
    Valley Branch Retreat
    Nebo Ridge and Hickory Ridge in HNF

    Deer season is in so blaze orange is a good idea in the HNF,

    And HMBA for info and conditions on all area trails....Fantastic 4.

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    I second Nebo Ridge and Hickory. Nebo, is a 8+mile out and back, so it's hard to get lost.
    Hickory Ridge is more a system of horse trails, but has a back woods feel.

    Gnawbone Camp is my personal favorite trail system in the area. but it has steep hills and on some trails route finding can be tricky at times. Its trails intertwine with valley branch retreat.

    If you like adventure, and don't mind hopping logs or just getting lost for a while, it's super fun.

    Valley branch can be the same way too, but the trails are more 4wheeler type trails.

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    Awesome, i will check those out next trip which i hope to make like 3-4 day weekend.

    Damn i miss BC right now but it's so wet out

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    Went to this park on 12.2.12 and it was well worth the trip. We wanted to pull a two day trip off except it rained that and most of the morning, so we missed out on some of the easier trails. Walnut was awesome and a challenge. No way, I try Schooner without a better bike.

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    Rode Schooner last time I was there. That trail is badass.
    Took about 2 hrs to go, what, two miles?
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