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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the Indiana DNR has temporarily suspended use of the mountain bikes and horses on UNPAVED trails in ALL State Parks and State Forests, beginning 4/8/20.

This is based around the idea that if rescue or emergency extraction was required, it would involve "breaking" the social distancing guidelines for the rescuers. Based on the DNR's experiences statewide, more horseback riders and mountain bikers apparently require rescue or emergency first aid.

Please note that hiking (or trail running) is still allowed on the trails, and cycling is still permitted on PAVED roads and trails.

Stay safe and stay separated.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: NEW Trail Days at O'Bannon Woods
« on: February 26, 2020, 01:58:38 PM »

This great group of volunteers laid down 1/2 mile of new trail on February 23. The next trail day is February 29.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / NEW Trail Days at O'Bannon Woods
« on: February 17, 2020, 01:31:09 PM »

Join us this season as we break ground on the new trail at O'Bannon Woods!

The plan is to add another 2.2 miles of sustainable trail, relocating the frequently flooded Adventure Trail along the Blue River, to higher ground.

The planned route will connect Fire Tower Trail to Breeden Ridge, and will feature some of the most beautiful geography within the park and state forest, including scenic views, rocky outcroppings, creek crossings and waterfalls.

A trail day schedule has been posted--join us when you can.

Also follow the O'Bannon Woods Mountain Biking Facebook page for additional information.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Spring 2020 Trail Work Days @ O'Bannon
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:09:04 PM »
Upcoming trail work days have been scheduled--Meet at the Nature Center at 10am--Bring gloves and safety glasses, wear sturdy shoes and long pants, unless you like getting scratched up and pain.

We've added a few Saturday work days again.

Dates are:
February 23 and 29
March 8, 22 and 23

April 4, 5, 19 and 26
May 3 and 17
Volunteer Appreciation Day June 6

Stay tuned for additional news!

I've been riding more and more, and feel like it's time I started contributing to maintaining the trails. However, I don't really know where to start. I feel like it might be helpful if there was an FAQ stickied here to help people like me out.  Some questions I have:
  • What needs to be done the most frequently?
  • Should work be logged anywhere so people know when a task was last completed?
  • Do I bring my own tools on official trail work days?
  • If so, what tools should I bring?
  • On trail work days, should I plan on riding to an area to work, or is it a hike to the work area?
I sadly won't be able to make it out for a while (broke my wrist in a non-biking incident), but I do want to be prepared for when I can start helping. I also want to be able to ask the doctor when I can participate in activities like X, Y, and Z.

A quick response--others may have additional input.

1. Trimming back overhanging branches and things like raspberry canes and briers is usually the thing that needs to be done most often, depending on the trail. I carry a set of pruning shears and a small folding saw in my backpack, and when I come across nasty areas, I'll take a few minutes to clean them up. Anyone can do it and it is always appreciated.

2. Keep track of your time. It used to be that times were noted on this forum site, depending on the trails. I think Facebook has taken over, but when you get to a organized trail work day, you'll most likely meet the right people to share your information with.

3. Usually, tools are provided. Bring water and snacks, safety glasses and bug repellent. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Be prepared to get dirty and maybe sweaty, and maybe throw a change of clothes in your car, just in case. When a trail work day is posted, you may see trail leaders ask volunteers to bring something "extra", that you may be willing to volunteer to use. I'm thinking like maybe a hammer, or a cordless drill, etc. But you don't have to bring anything unless you want to.

4. See 3.

5. On trail work days, a central meeting location is usually noted by the trail leader. Sign-in sheets and insurance indemnification paperwork is typically circulated, and often times, there is a quick discussion of the planned trail work. From there, you may hike in, ride in or even drive in, depending on the particular project. Often times, a trail leader may provide directions to the trail work, just in case someone is late getting to the event and wants to find the group.

I hope this answers some of your questions--volunteering on the trails is a great way to give back, and a great way to meet new people!

Good luck healing up!

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Recent unauthorized trail work
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:26:04 AM »
So how big a bus are you guys going to throw huff under for this. Maybe he’s not a current member but he was a former president and a known trail sanitizer. Surprised he did this knowing how hard it is to get into places.

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How big a bus would you suggest? The organization and all of the volunteers involved with the DNR work hard to get approval and follow all of the guidelines required to get trails built. Things like this work to undo years of effort.

This should serve as a reminder of why we continue to work within the rules and laws.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: O'Bannon Woods Adventure Fest: Nov 3rd-5th
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:49:04 AM »

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the first official Adventure Ride at O'Bannon Woods and Harrison-Crawford State Forest. Your support will help fund trail maintenance and trail building efforts.

And thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the event possible. It wasn't that many years ago when we'd only have one or two volunteers show up at an event. Now there is an awesome team!

The weather forecast looked ominous early in the week, but the worst of it held off.

For those that missed out and may want to plan for next year, it's not just a ride--it's an ADVENTURE!!!

Tech Bench / Re: Wide Bars
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:59:19 AM »
Don't forget to look at the stem length if you go wider. You may want to reduce that.

Events / Re: Any chance other biking events could be posted here?
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:42:13 AM »
Welcome.  Unfortunately there isn't one place that has everything.  Watch the Forum.  Watch our main site, check the events section. 
Some upcoming big events are the Hassmer Fest (at Versailles State Park) and the Brown County Epic (at Brown County State Park).  Both of these are 3+ day events attended by several hundred mountain bikers.
Make sure and sign up for our newsletters at the link below.


We have several Facebook sites.  Our main site, plus the below.
Fort Harrison Mountain Bikers
Town Run Trail - Indianapolis
Brown County Mountain Bike Riders
Southwestway Park Trail Users
Versailles State Park Mountain Bikers
Half Wheelers Cycling and Social Club of North South Central Indianapolis

One event that hasn't been mentioned is the inaugural "O'Bannon Woods Adventure Ride MTB Festival" on November 3rd-5th.

The ride, put together by the O'Bannon Woods Trail Crew, along with HMBA and KyMBA-Louisville, will feature two days on the Adventure Trail, tied together with the trails throughout the park. (Several ride options will be available.)

Camping is available on November 3-4.

More information will be available on the O'Bannon Woods Mountain Biking Facebook page.

Early Bird Registration information is also available here:


O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:52:59 AM »
Everyone should give a big shout out to the riders that are keeping O'Bannon Woods and the AT well maintained.

A crew of volunteers spent Sunday cleaning a number of fallen trees, left over from the storms a week ago.

Thanks for making it happen!!!

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: May 26, 2017, 01:07:49 PM »
Up-to-date trail information may be found at the O'Bannon Woods Mountain Biking page on Facebook:


or at the MTBProject page:


HMBA Website Suggestions, Comments, etc. / Re: Trail Status Lights
« on: February 12, 2017, 11:25:35 AM »
I understand you can go to other links like the Trail Guide or Apps on your phone if you have a smart phone (not everyone has one), but I think it made absolutely no sense at all to remove it from the top of the Forum pages where it was so simple to check the status.

The web masters can probably best answer this, but I suspect it has to do with changing to the use of the MTB Project trail status indicators. I know the old indicators had issues, and some trail leaders were having difficulty accessing the ability to make changes.

Like the recent update to the HMBA main page, perhaps creating the link to that information and adding it to the forum page is something that is in the works.

One cool thing about the new MTBProject indicators is that the trail status on individual trails can be changed. So, for instance, while the trails at O'Bannon may be closed, the Adventure Trail could actually be open. (Not that it is right now.)

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Gravel & Fatbike events
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:09:03 AM »
I'm wanting to know about as many gravel and fatbike events around Indiana and nearby states as possible---any resources out there I should check out (besides Google)?  PERSONAL, FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE is preferred.

Events I'm aware of:

Gravel Grovel
Death March
Harvest 50
Fat Fest

There is the "Founder's Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race" on March 25, 2017, in Barry County, Michigan, which starts in Hastings, about 45 minutes southeast of Grand Rapids.


O'Bannon Woods State Park / Bear Spotted
« on: July 18, 2016, 12:26:54 PM »

Local news is reporting a black bear was spotted walking on Gethsemane Road near Hwy 62 earlier today. Local residents have reported seeing it for at least a few days now.

For those that have driven to O'Bannon, Gethsemane Road is a couple miles outside of Corydon, heading to O'Bannon Woods, along the stretch where the road goes from the corn fields to the twisty, wooded section.

This is only the second confirmed bear sighting in Indiana in the last 140 years!

Updated information--The Louisville newspaper is now reporting the bear is supposedly closer to Corydon, somewhere in the area behind the Walmart shopping plaza. The Local Animal Control Officer wanted to shoot it and quit his job, apparently when told by state officials he couldn't. DNR officials and police are going to attempt to capture it.

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