Nebo Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 620' 189 m
Descent: -601' -183 m
High: 918' 280 m
Low: 566' 172 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“One of the best backcountry trails in Indiana.”— Nate Hawkins
This trail permits hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. Mountain bikers yield to both hikers and horses.
Consider wearing hunter orange during hunting season, as the Hoosier National Forest permits hunting.
The southern trailhead is more remote on even more lightly traveled roads. The coordinates are: 39 1' 6.266"N, 86 14' 31.712"W. Most riders start from the Northern trailhead.
Once you reach the Southern trailhead, consider exploring some of the trails in the Hickory Ridge area, just down the road, before returning North.
Regardless of the trailhead you start from, you have a big climb ahead of you to reach the ridgetop. Starting from the North, the climb up the old fire road tends to stay sloppy for awhile, as drainage is poor here. As you near the top, however, you'll be rewarded with some rocky technical spots. Watch out for downed trees. Maintenance here is not as frequent as it is on other trail systems and it may take awhile for downed trees to be removed. They have a tendency to fall at the bottom of fast downhills and the last thing you want is a serious injury in the backcountry because you weren't paying enough attention.
Once you reach the top of Nebo Ridge, you'll get to enjoy some pretty flowy singletrack before the downhill to the southern trailhead. Take a break and explore Hickory Ridge or retrace your steps for a ~17 mile ride.
Make sure you carry PLENTY of water. There is nowhere to refill.
The Story Inn is a great place to stop for a post-ride beverage and recovery meal, which is another reason to start from the northern trailhead.
Emergency contact numbers:
Brown County Sheriff: 812-988-6655 or 911
Indiana Conservation Officers: 812-837-9536
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
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: USFS - Hoosier National Forest Office