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O'Bannon Woods State Park / Adventure Trail Maintenance
« on: June 25, 2016, 06:48:12 PM »
it was hot and humid, but the crew was out clearing the AT earlier today.
We covered from the campground to Cold Friday Road, and then up to Old Homestead Shelter. Also got a little from Indian Creek Overlook toward Cold Friday.

There are still places to look after, but we put a nice dent in it today.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Help Wanted!
« on: June 07, 2016, 05:51:26 PM »

It seems like we've had a lot of rain and haven't been able to do much riding lately. And because we haven't been able to get out much, Mother Nature has taken over.

We could use a few riders who are willing to stop and trim back overhanging branches and prickly things. I trimmed along parts of Group Camp yesterday.

Fire Tower could use some love, especially from the trail head to the Fox Hollow Road crossing. Things are pretty overgrown on that stretch.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:04:44 PM »
I'd like to put the politics of this issue aside for a moment to try and get a gauge on real world conditions:
Has anyone ever been asked to show their pass while on a ride?

When I entered the park last week at O'Bannon, I was asked to show my MTB pass along with my annual park entry pass.

Something to keep in mind, volunteering 40 hours in a year will not only help the trails, but will earn you a trail permit for next year.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Important! Let it dry out!
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:04:03 PM »
Please be patient, and let the trails dry out for another day or so. We need some sun and wind to help.

They are still very wet, and the ground is quite saturated.  Some parts of the trail were like peanut butter and other parts were slimy.

We had at least a dozen trail volunteers out today, and spread out to do our best to address a bunch of things which we hope will speed things along.

Thanks to the park team for helping to clear the trails of 17 or 18 fallen trees from last weeks storms. There were some unsafe messes that were bigger than our crew are cleared for. Watch for limbs and debris.

Find a Trail / Re: Looking for trail recommendations in KY...
« on: May 06, 2016, 12:21:01 PM »
Now we are looking at the option of pulling a camper down or tent camping. Anyone have a personal recommendation for a park within an hour of Louisville? How similar is Obannon camp area to Brown county SP? I've ridden through it in the past and I remember it being more open. We would be looking to cook over the fire and have showers. Electric would be a bonus if it was a tent only area.
O'Bannon has a number of sites where a tent could be used. Some of the sites along the western-most road (past the entrance to Rocky Ridge) seem pretty nice. I believe all have electricity. Most have a fire ring and the restrooms should all have showers.

Since it sounds like you haven't been down in a while, keep in mind, O'Bannon opened two new trails last season, combining tech and flow. Most riders say they are awesome.

French Lick and Cherokee and Waverly Park in Louisville are about an hour's drive from O'Bannon, give or take, and are worthwhile if you are in the area. The Parklands of Floyds Fork is on the eastern side of Louisville, and has some mountain biking, although I don't know how much. Google it for more information. I got bored real quick at Mega-Caverns, but I'm not a bike park/jumper guy. It is a novelty though.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Help Wanted!
« on: March 25, 2016, 03:43:20 PM »
The mountain biking and hiking trails at O’Bannon Woods State Park were built and are maintained by volunteers. In order to keep these trails in great shape, additional help is required.
If you’d like to become a Trail Trooper, we’re looking for volunteers who would like to adopt a trail. Contact obannonmtbinfo@twc.com for more information.

Job Description:

Every month or two (definitely monthly in the spring and as soon as possible after storms) walk or ride your chosen trail to make sure it is in good condition.

Note! If you spend more than 45 minutes per trail in a session you are probably doing too much.

Work that may be needed includes:

o Remove any debris from the trail e.g. loose rocks, fallen limbs and sticks, without altering the nature of the trail.
o Remove any overhanging branches that prevent a clear ride. Always cut them (preferably with a saw) back to tree level so that no one can be injured by stubs when passing. Branches can dip down considerably after it rains and spring back quickly when it is dry.
o Blackberries and briars grow quickly and should be cut back strongly if required. If they are over-powering the trail, you should advise obannonmtbinfo@twc.com  and we’ll make plans to bring in a weed-eater.
o If water collects in low points, the trail edges may need to be cleaned back to create a path for water to flow. If the trails become rutted, organic debris may need to be removed to promote better drainage. Keep drains wide and gentle so that rider flow isn’t affected. There are a number of Rogue hoes and other tools available for Trail Trooper use.
O Rock armoring and drains may require some attention. If the drains aren’t working, remove leaves and debris to promote better flow. If the rock armoring is loose, attempt to reset the stones.
o If a problem occurs, such as trees fallen over the trail, or if you find anything you can’t fix yourself, contact the trail leaders at obannonmtbinfo@twc.com who will arrange it to be sorted out as soon as possible
o Monitor trail conditions and suggest improvements or changes to the MTB trail committee. Let the MTB trail committee know of your ideas and additional trail work can be planned for a future time.

Please make sure you log the amount of time you spend at obannonmtbinfo@twc.com This helps us to track how many volunteer hours we are putting in.

my bad not rocky ridge but the trail that starts by the park entrance opposite of Fire Tower, think it's Group Camp.  IT's not far from the road.

Roger that. It's a leaner, just behind the maintenance sheds. We're aware of it, but need some additional help with it. We'll see if we can get it yet this weekend.

By the way, our next trail maintenance day is scheduled for April 3rd. We'll meet at the Nature Center at 10:30.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: March 24, 2016, 05:34:59 PM »
Good to know. I take it the horses are no longer an issue then.

If they are caught on the trails when the CO's are riding, they will be written up.

Rants and Raves / Re: New mtb fee
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:27:45 PM »

  I had a lost rider yesterday evening (I know, I know. Also thanks Fett and E) and in asking people as they came off the trail if they had ran across him, one individual offered his number and to return with an atv should I not find the rider by dark. The person turned out to be a CO enjoying the evening with his mtb and his (I presume) SO. So even if off duty, authority has eyes (with teeth) out there.

At O'Bannon, there are two CO's who are avid mountain bikers. There's a pretty good chance you may encounter them on the trails, which is something to keep in mind if you decide to take your chances.

But if you come out and put in 20 hours of volunteer work over the course of the season, maybe you can get a free permit. Yeah, it's not exactly "free", but the trails will also benefit from the help. We've already had two trail maintenance events this season, and our group of volunteers have already had a chance to put in at least 14-15 hours.

Thanks. I think Jason may have caught a couple of them recently, but we've had a lot of wind again these past few days.

The description for the Rocky Ridge tree is confusing--"from the road at the park entrance". Rocky Ridge doesn't run to the park entrance. Would that be down from the campground entrance, perhaps?

We're planning another trail maintenance day in early April, to get the trails cleaned up for the season. Stay tuned for more details or visit O'Bannon Woods Mountain Biking on Facebook.

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Some MTB Project Love???
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:03:45 AM »
Trailforks relies on user submissions just like mtbproject. I am pretty sure the bcsp listing only exists on trailforks because one of their employees downloaded the data I submitted to mtbproject and listed it there with no text descriptions of anything.

Lame. Because of that, I refuse to submit to trailforks. It can blow goats for all I care. If their employees are only going to skim off other sites to build their database, I won't waste my time. They will eventually take the data I and others have submitted to mtbproject for other trails, anyway.

I have not visited OBannon yet. But I have already given Versailles a rating (since mtbproject requires the person who creates the listing to rate it).

That brings up a good question--Nate, I know you submitted a number of trails to MTB Project. Since you said you didn't add the trails to Trailforks, can we perhaps hear from someone who has added trails to Trailforks?

I notice that all the trails at Versailles aren't listed, and the same for Brown County. Obviously, O'Bannon is missing, and so is Ferdinand SF and Harmonie. But they do have French Lick.

Maybe the riders who have helped create some of those maps of the trails in Indiana can help provide more information about Trailforks?

It is quite time-consuming to keep up with all the various programs that may be in use.


O'Bannon Woods State Park / Re: Some MTB Project Love???
« on: March 07, 2016, 07:52:34 PM »

According to Trailforks, this trail doesn't even exist. 

So what does that have to do with the MTB Project site? 

O'Bannon Woods State Park / Some MTB Project Love???
« on: March 05, 2016, 05:10:46 PM »

So, maybe you've been to O'Bannon. Maybe you've ridden the new trails, and maybe you've ridden the "Featured Ride".

So, how about going to the MTBProject site and showing a little love? I mean c'mon, only ten votes? Seriously? That's the best we can do? And Versailles, with only 17 votes? What's up with that? Does everyone only ride Brown County or what?

Or has everyone already stopped using the MTB Project website and app???

So this is a campout, cookout, drinking, riding weekend your saying???

Volunteers who wish to camp are always welcome, and free campsites for volunteers will be available. If you wish to camp, let us know so we can make arrangements.

Being mid-March, it is a "weather dependent" event, and there is a good chance some of the trails within the State Park may be too wet too ride. The Adventure Trail may be okay to ride, especially if we have a couple days of dry weather beforehand.

We're ironing out a few more details yet, and will know more in the next few days. We're looking for a head-count, to make sure we can plan accordingly. If you're interested in joining in, RSVP via a PM to me or at:


As a matter of fact, we have a major trail maintenance event planned for March 12-13.The plan is to tackle the Adventure Trail.

The focus will be on the eight-mile long section from Old Forest Road to Cold Friday Road, cleaning up fallen logs, trimming back undergrowth, and adding new signage. 

Additional crews will be shuttled into the Indian Creek Overlook Shelter and the Old Homestead Shelter via logging roads to clean up those camping sites.

This is the longest section of the Adventure Trail between road access points, making it a much more challenging segment to maintain. It's also one of the more scenic parts of the trail, with a number of rugged climbs and descents.

If you are interested in joining us, please let us know. We need a head count to insure we have adequate transportation lined up and supplies in place.

Send your RSVP to:  obannonmtbinfo@twc.com


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