|Valley Branch Retreat|
|Written by dean-arammalamma|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2007 13:14|
Valley Branch Retreat is a family owned facility nestled in the wooded hills of Brown County. Covering over 500 acres, there are endless journeys to endure while visiting. With over 25 miles of Nationally Accredited mountain biking, hiking trails, four acre fishing and swimming lake, canoes, paddle boats, and 7 Paintball Fields with Pro-Shop, you and your family can make the visit a vacation while camping in the full-hookup campground. Or, spend the night in the brand new cabins. Visit the Conference Hall which seats over 200, perfect for weddings, company meetings, and school/ church events First a few general guide lines 1) Get a map. It is easy to get turned around back there, the hills and network of trails can get you all turned around. 2) This is not Town Run Park. There are serious elevation gains, roots, rocks, creek crossings, etc.. so ride with a group, carry lots of tools and food. 3) Don't have a cow about paying to ride. Be glad that Gary is building trails, and not selling out to developers. If he makes money then he will be motivated to keep the trails open and maintained.
Fire road that climbs from the paintball field to Homestead Trail. Not very technical on the way up, but will get your legs warmed up. The descent is fun and fast.
The name says it all. It is a sweet single track that has lots of short evelvation changes.
More single track that works its way along the hill side. Has some logs and roots so it requires some technical skills. Pine Loop: If you start from the easy rider trail, it is a beautiful section of single track that descends through a pine forest. It is rooty and has a high speed ravine as well as a mogul-like section at the bottom.
Fire road that runs across the Valley Branch property. It has some climbing but is not technical. If you get lost, try to find Homestead and then ride till you find Sunset Ridge. Hoot Owl Hollow: one of the favorites. If you start from homestead, it is a fast single track descent with twists turns, a few gulleys, and two 10" logs that challenge you to do 20mph log jumps.
has some climbing near the Heavens Gate side and then rides along a creek bed on the other end. (Single track)
lower section follows a creek. upper section is a steep double track climb. Gary's Gully: New section of trail that still needs to be refined and worn in (Gary is currently working on this trail). This is the section for all you log jumping free riders, as it has lots of log jumps. The 12 hour race went up this trail and some people complained about having to get off their bikes alot, but this trail would be much more fun going down it (climb Heavenly Gate to get to the top).
Fire road that crosses Valley Branch on the north part of the property. Remember that this road does not take you back to the trail head. It is not techincal and rolls along the ridge. Chris' Crevice: double track on the top. It has a middle single track section and then ends in a wicked fast descent into Turkey Run. Big Frog: This is a little known trail, but it is the hidden gem. Starting from Homestead, it rides out on to a ridge that gets narrower and narrower until the ridge ends and you plunge down into a creek bed. It is a fun ride, but be ready to climb. Indian Camp will take you back to the camp area, or back up hill.
Lake Loop, Lake Ridge, Flying Flynn, Lance's Loop, Deer Run:
These trails all run from Sunset ridge down to the camping area. They vary in difficulty (Lance's Loop and Deer Run are easiest, Lake Ridge is moderate, and Flying Flynn and Lake loop are harder). If you do not want venture too far from your car, consider riding up Sunset Ridge and then riding down these trails. Well that only leaves 17 more trails to review. More than likely there are trails there that you will like, you just need to find them.
Directions From Bloomington:
Take State Rd. 46 out of Bloomington towards Nashville; At the Dairy Queen in Nashville follow State Rd. 46 to the right towards Columbus; Apx. 6 miles from Nashville you will pass a Marathon gas station; the next road, Apx. .5 miles on the right, is Mount Liberty Rd.; Go .5 miles to the Y; Follow the Y to the right, Valley Branch Road, Apx. 2 miles on the right will be Valley Branch Retreat & Paintball Valley
Directions from Columbus:
Take State Rd. 46 West out of Columbus towards Nashville 10 miles; Past the Flea Markets on the Left is Mount Liberty Rd.; Go .5 miles to the Y; Make a right at the Y; Follow Valley Branch Rd. 2 miles to Valley Branch Retreat & Paintball Valley on the Right.
Yearly Ride: $50 per year through Dec. 31 (not valid for promotions or Special Events)
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2007 13:15|