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Bartley Ridge

Intermediate
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The main gravel forest road in Yellowwood.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Doubletrack

888' 271 m

High

800' 244 m

Low

145' 44 m

Up

176' 54 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Family Friendly Gravel doubletrack allows family groups good visibility and freeing other riders to pass easily. Do note chunkier and steeper gravel grades in the middle portion of the trail may present challenges.

Avoid during deer hunting season.

Description

This is the main forest gravel road. It can be used by cyclocross bikes to create loops with public roads and connects many sections of the mountain bike trails.

Access to trailhead (eastern start point) is via a gravel road. Trailhead has parking lot. Doubletrack gravel starts smooth and small grain but gets larger as you head west and on through Lucas Hollow junction points. Keep an eye on the north side of the trail for a rounded roof masonry shelter to take a look at mid trail. Can give you cover from the rain/wind (another rider can add photo and location).

As you get three=quarters of the way through, the gravel gets smaller sized and smoothes out again. Watch out as you pickup speed on that smooth descent that the cable gate still blocks the road without a ride-around. The road continues north towards the Bridge House (Yellowwood State Forest facility), but the trail continues west on a (smooth) gravel road that is open to traffic to finish Bartley Ridge and connect to the paved road (TC Steele).

There is no parking apparent during my visit to the western end and it is unclear that any public parking is available around the Bridge House either. Though there could be room for a few folks to park near the gated west end of the trail on the gravel Davis Creek Rd. without blocking the road, it would be at your risk.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul Arlinghaus with improvements by Elvin Chan

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  2.9 from 9 votes

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Photos

J. enjoying the autumn ride on Bartley Ridge during the 2017 Brown Bounty Epic.
Oct 8, 2017 near Nashville, IN
Coarser gravel further along Bartley Ridge
Mar 31, 2021 near Nashville, IN
Riding Bartley Ridge right after overnight storm early spring
Mar 31, 2021 near Nashville, IN
Dirt/gravel lot that is the trailhead start for Bartley Ridge
Mar 31, 2021 near Nashville, IN
Loose coarse gravel characterizes much of this trail
Jun 16, 2018 near Nashville, IN
Signage at the start of Lucas Hollow
Jan 11, 2016 near Nashville, IN

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Mar 21, 2022
Heath Byers
Mar 29, 2021
Elvin Chan
Some steep climbs and coarse gravel can frustrate some riders. Otherwise take it easy. Park at the eastern start. Smoother gravel at start and finish.
Oct 17, 2018
Ben Campbell
Very loose, coarse gravel.
Jun 11, 2017
Danny Hertz