Brown County: First trip

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  • 08-10-2012
    zephxiii
    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?

    EDIT:
    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.
  • 08-10-2012
    roxtar
    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.
  • 08-10-2012
    DDDonny
    - 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...:thumbsup:

    Enjoy your ride...!
  • 08-10-2012
    roxtar
    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.
  • 08-10-2012
    DDDonny
    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!:thumbsup:
  • 08-10-2012
    GChambers
    Info...

    Brown County State Park

    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.
  • 08-10-2012
    zephxiii
    Awesome, thanks for all the tips.

    I would like to ask what trail(s) are "must ride" there, i see one vote for Walnut!
  • 08-10-2012
    redranger
    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.
  • 08-11-2012
    zephxiii
    Damn I forgot to bring the water bottle for my bike. Any place close I can get one?

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  • 08-11-2012
    roxtar
    Walk down Schooner. I'm sure someone will have dropped one. :D
  • 08-11-2012
    zephxiii
    Haha awesome.

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

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  • 08-11-2012
    DDDonny
    A bottle of gatorade would've worked, too...
  • 08-11-2012
    zephxiii
    Wow there are Roadies everywhere!

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  • 08-11-2012
    zephxiii
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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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  • 08-11-2012
    zephxiii
    Final route:
    HT 20.15 mi Mountain Bike on Aug 11, 2012 5:36 PM in Nashville, IN | cycling Map | MapMyRIDE

    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.
  • 08-11-2012
    DDDonny
    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!:madman:
  • 08-13-2012
    Lombardian
    Did Brown a few months ago. Very clean and fun. Hesitation point to North gate is a DH ride(mostly).
  • 08-13-2012
    zephxiii
    Dang I missed out then. Hopefully I can make it back this month.

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  • 08-13-2012
    endlesss
    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.
  • 08-13-2012
    DDDonny
    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...!:madman:
  • 08-14-2012
    zephxiii
    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.
  • 08-14-2012
    endlesss
    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...!:madman:

    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!
  • 08-14-2012
    zephxiii
    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 :)
  • 08-14-2012
    roxtar
    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.
  • 08-15-2012
    gnawbonelefty
    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...!:madman:

    The Forest service has been out last week and this clearing the storm damage. Nebo should be good again.