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Please join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of O'Bannon Woods newest mountain bike trails--Breeden Ridge and Potato Run!

We'd like to invite everyone to join in the fun, come out and check out the new trails, and help recognize the volunteers who have made this all possible!

If you've volunteered at O'Bannon, we'd like you to come out and help us open the new trails! And if you've never been to O'Bannon, this will be a great opportunity to see what the excitement is all about. With the new trails, we have 12-13 miles of mountain bike trails to check out. We also have rocks, rollers, berms and table tops, fast and flowing and more technically challenging.

Mark the date May 30th on your calendar, and make plans to join us for a picnic, along with a group ride in the late afternoon/early evening. Camping is available, so make it a weekend.

This is also a fund-raising effort, and (although volunteers won't need to pay) your donation will help fund the HMBA trail-building efforts.

We'd like a $20 donation, but feel free to donate more!We'd also like a headcount to make sure we have enough food for everyone. If you'd like to attend (and believe me, if you like some serious riding, you will not be disappointed by the trails) please send an RSVP to:OBannonMTBinfo@twc.com

I hope to see you there!!!

Pete

PS: Additional details are now available--We'll be set up all day at the Pine Pond Shelter, just to the left of the entrance gatehouse, on the opposite side of the road from the Fire Tower. Access to the Fire Tower Trail and the Group Camp Trail are only a few yards away.



Last reminder!!! If you'd like to attend, please RSVP so we have a half-way decent headcount!


We've heard from about 45-50 riders so far!

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I wonder if the DNR has seen increased costs or if the budget was cut?  Why a $3M shortfall?  I agree that this is a kick in the pants from another government agency which apparently has a problem managing (or mismanaging?) money.

I would imagine, just like most everyone has experienced some type of increase in cost due to inflation somewhere, the DNR has also experienced increases in their costs. But as you probably know, the current political climate is also to cut government funding, reduce operational budgets and implement more "user fees" wherever possible.

The implementation of a mountain bike user fee, with an estimated projected annual income of only $60,000 shows how desperate things really are. That's like the cost of twelve or thirteen nice full-suspension mountain bikes.

The $3 million shortfall is only for the annual operating budget, and doesn't include the more than $30 million of maintenance costs that continue to be kicked on down the road. When you visit a state park and wonder why a building perhaps isn't painted, or why things like a playground may look like it is falling apart, that is something to consider.

A large number of full-time DNR jobs remain unfilled throughout the state, while parks continue to cut staff in an effort to live within their budget. In our area, and I'm sure in many others, prisoners from the local minimum-security operation are used instead of hiring seasonal help like they used to and volunteers cut the grass, maintain buildings and grounds, etc. And I'm sure you're probably aware that it's volunteers that look after building and maintaining the mountain bike trails in the state parks.

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I live in Bloomington and am only about 20 minutes from BCSP, so that is my usual destination.  But, I am in Louisville (Prospect actually) about 2-3 weekends a month.  Last year I was new to the trails in the area and rode various places, including once  at O'Bannon.  Rough, rugged, and a lot of fun!  I would like to get out there more often this year, especially after reading about the new trails. 

This forum is my main go-to for mtb info. 

I am generally not much for group rides.  But, I would be interested in riding with a small group  (4-5 max), if it fit my schedule. 
 
What is the best place to find maps with the new mtb trails? 

Thanks!


The newest, most up-to-date maps are available on the MTBProject website, or click on the HMBA main page "TRAIL GUIDE" pull-down and the "O'Bannon Woods State Park" link.

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Please join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of O'Bannon Woods newest mountain bike trails--Breeden Ridge and Potato Run!

We'd like to invite everyone to join in the fun, come out and check out the new trails, and help recognize the volunteers who have made this all possible!

If you've volunteered at O'Bannon, we'd like you to come out and help us open the new trails!

And if you've never been to O'Bannon, this will be a great opportunity to see what the excitement is all about. With the new trails, we have 12-13 miles of mountain bike trails to check out. We also have rocks, rollers, berms and table tops, fast and flowing and more technically challenging.

Mark the date May 30th on your calendar, and make plans to join us for a picnic, along with a group ride in the late afternoon/early evening. Camping is available, so make it a weekend.

This is also a fund-raising effort, and (although volunteers won't need to pay) your donation will help fund the HMBA trail-building efforts. We'd like a $20 donation, but feel free to donate more!

We'd also like a headcount to make sure we have enough food for everyone. If you'd like to attend (and believe me, if you like some serious riding, you will not be disappointed by the trails) please send an RSVP to:

OBannonMTBinfo@twc.com

I hope to see you there!!!

Pete


Additional details are now available--We'll be set up all day at the Pine Pond Shelter, just to the left of the entrance gatehouse, on the opposite side of the road from the Fire Tower. Access to the Fire Tower Trail and the Group Camp Trail are only a few yards away.

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I went and rode Obannon last weekend and ran into a guy who helped build the new trails. Basically I climbed up Rocky Ridge and then saw a massive Berm so I took a right and those are the new trails. I will say that the only place locally I have found to be as good as Obannon was Brown Co. The new trails are AMAZING. They are fast, flowy, the berms are amazing. One section has table tops with lips and you can get a bunch of air, I was blown away with how good Obannon is. You want flow, you got it....rocks....got that too...creek crossings...yep....huge berms....sure. Anything you want it out there at Obannon. I live in Louisville and will make the trip to Obannon instead of Waverly from now on. I want Obannon to be my home course. Alex and the guys did a great job.


Thanks for the great review. I was out yesterday afternoon and ran into a couple of local guys who had just finished riding. I asked them what they thought-- their comment was something to the effect--"There are people who will drive six or seven hours south to ride stuff like this. It's awesome to think it's practically in our back yard."


That sounds like another positive review.


Don't forget-- May 30th Grand Opening/Volunteer Appreciation Day. Check out the other posting and please RSVP if you'd like to attend!

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A small part of the new Breeden Ridge Trail.

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Sounds fantastic!   Do you have an updated trail map?


Thanks in advance for all the work you guys have put into the park!

The MTBProject maps, showing the new trails, have been updated!

You can click on the pull-down link on the HMBA main page or use this link:

http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3679028/obannon-woods-state-park

A "featured ride" has not been created yet--that's my next project.

We're looking forward to showing off these exciting new trails and hope you'll be able to join our celebration when we have the Grand Opening on May 30th!

If you plan to attend, please let us know so we'll have enough food or we can reserve a campsite for you. RSVP at:


OBannonMTBinfo@twc.com

Thanks!


Pete

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Glad that you asked!

We're still waiting for Alex and Chad and their team to finalize the trail alignment so we can get the correct GPS information. They are actually in the process of laying out the last few hundred yards of trail right now. With any luck, we'll be able to update the MTBProject website maps very soon.

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Plans are underway to celebrate the Grand Opening of O'Bannon Woods newest mountain bike trails--Breeden Ridge and Potato Run.

We'd like to invite everyone to join in the fun, come out and check out the new trails, and help recognize the volunteers who have made this all possible!

If you've volunteered at O'Bannon, we'd like you to come out and help us open the new trails!

And if you've never been to O'Bannon, this will be a great opportunity to see what the excitement is all about. With the new trails, we'll have 12-13 miles of mountain bike trails on the ground, although we don't have an actual measurement yet, since we're still waiting for Alex and Chad and their team to finish up the final few hundred yards.

Mark the date May 30th on your calendar, and make plans to join us for a picnic, along with a group ride in the late afternoon/early evening. Camping is available, so make it a weekend. Additional details will be posted as they develop.

This is also a fund-raising effort, and (although volunteers won't need to pay) your donation will help fund the HMBA trail-building efforts. We'd like a $20 donation, but feel free to donate more!

We'd also like a headcount to make sure we have enough food for everyone. If you'd like to attend (and believe me, if you like some serious riding, you will not be disappointed by the trails) please send an RSVP to:

OBannonMTBinfo@twc.com

I hope to see you there!!!


Pete

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Avon - Washington Township Park / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:11:38 PM »
Rode it all again last night---GREEN!!!


The very lower area is a little soft in one long spot, but everything else is great.  Yellow if anyone is feeling conservative, but I'd say green.


Again, this is IF anyone cares.....if not, I won't post for this trail again.

I was just checking the forum page and read your message.

Based on your trail report, I have changed the status to yellow. Is the soft spot sloppy where you may be leaving ruts? If not, then it could probably be green.

It's not that no one cares, but often times, unless there is a ground report, it can be tough to make a call on actual conditions.

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General Trail Information / Re: Trails Status: April 23rd
« on: April 23, 2015, 07:46:33 AM »
Google has discontinued the sign-in program that allows us to change the trail status indicators.


O'Bannon is also okay to ride, but avoid Fire Tower until tomorrow at least. This should allow it to dry out better. Consider things yellow, with some wet areas lingering.



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With the new trails getting much closer to completion, O'Bannon should be on everyone's radar for at least one visit this season.


Alex and Chad are doing some awesome work, taking advantage of the incredible terrain. With natural rock outcroppings and major elevation changes, it is a unique location, unlike anything else in Indiana.


It's actually as close as you'll get to Pisgah, without leaving Indiana...


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Once the two new trails are opened, our best guess is there will be approximately 12-13 miles of trail on the ground.

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Rants and Raves / Re: DNR needs help with MTB video
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:13:30 PM »

All I know is that I don't want to be the one demonstrating the involuntary dismount.



But if a "Yard Sale" on a mountain bike is anything like a "Yard Sale" on skis, you may be able to "Kill two birds with one stone", so to speak.  ::)

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Find a Trail / Re: Underground MTB park in Louisville
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:09:27 PM »
Derek, from On Your Left Cycles in Louisville, and one of our volunteers at O'Bannon, has had the opportunity to ride while the place was being developed.

He says "There is a good mix of everything. XC, dirt jumps, etc.  Every type of mountain biker can go in there and have some fun. It is well worth the drive."

Also, on the Mega Cavern website, they apparently have a special price for IMBA members, with a phone number to call, so you may want to check that out too.

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