ElevationAscent: 654' 199 m
Descent: -656' -200 m
High: 1,065' 325 m
Low: 980' 299 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“Twisty trail with lots of short, steep, and technical climbs.”— Nate Hawkins
2. See sign in Big Oaks parking lot for starting point.
3. Pay attention to mile markers and bridge numbers in case of emergency.
4. Hikers travel the opposite direction of bikes.
5. Trail is CLOSED when muddy, during high water conditions, or during inclement winter weather (but is otherwise open year round).
6. No night riding permitted.
7. Ride at your own risk.
8. Helmets are required.
9. Public display of alcohol is prohibited.
The trail surface alternates between hardpack clay and loose glacial gravel with some sand. There are a lot of roots here and the occasional larger rock. Turns are frequently tight and with the loose conditions, conspire to keep speeds lower than on other Hooser MTB trails.
The Big Blue River Conservancy District advertises this trail as one of the most popular in the state. Don't be deceived. You are unlikely to encounter anywhere near the traffic you might find at Brown County State Park or on any one of the trails in the Indy metro area. You are likely to see more folks on horseback on the short section of well-marked shared use trail than other mountain bikers.
The trail affords nice views of the small reservoir at many different points. Enjoy the views.
Mountain bikers follow a counter-clockwise route around the lake. There are more than two dozen numbered bridges along the trail and there are also mile markers to help you find your place and inform park staff if there is an emergency. The phone number for the park is 765-987-1232.
The fee structure for the park in 2013 is as follows:
$2.50 Daily fee per vehicle.
$1 Daily fee for each person, 8 years or older, entering as a pedestrian, on bicycle, as a passenger in a commercial vehicle (e.g. bus) or wagon.
$2 Daily fee per bicycle.
$3.50 Daily boat launch
$25 Annual entrance
$25 Annual bike permit
$30 Annual boat launch permit
Within the first couple miles, there is a short section of trail shared with horses. There are a ton of signs (probably more than necessary) indicating that bikes should stop and let horses pass by. Be nice, folks. It's a very short distance (you could measure it in yards, really) before the bike trail heads off to the left again.
After that, the bike trail and horse trail cross each other two more times, but do not share space otherwise.
This trail has a lot of short, punchy climbs, which make it unsuitable for new riders. It will be difficult for beginner-intermediate riders, but it is doable. There really aren't any bailout points aside from the road crossing (road heads to the campground) near the end so be sure you're prepared before you head out. Some of the bridges are tricky, also. More than one is rather high above the bottom of the ravine it crosses so it can surprise you a bit. Also, there is a floating bridge at the north end of the lake. It moves when you ride over it.
The east side of the reservoir is a little more open and flowy than the west side. The trail becomes a bit more technical on the west side of the reservoir. It's more twisty and there are more loose sections and rooty, techy climbs.
Unfortunately, there is no swimming permitted at this park. There is neither a pool nor a swimming area in the lake. It's a shame, since it would be nice to cool off after a ride.
Local Club: Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA)
Jan 8, 2017: Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail
Feb 18, 2016: HMBA Trail Builders Fund Powered by SRAM
Feb 18, 2016: National Designation for Brown County Trails
Land Manager: Big Blue River Conservancy District
Apr 24, 2014: News & Events
Apr 24, 2014: Annual Passes
Apr 24, 2014: Westwood Park