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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +243/ -237 ft
Total: 13 riders

Mountain Biking Twisted Oliver

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#39 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#4,723 in the world

Barren River was named by early pioneers for its treeless fields and was actually the historic route for westward traveling pioneers. The open fields were created by Native Americans, who burned sections of woodland, forming grasslands to attract grazing buffalo.

Trails meander through this 10,000 acre wildlife management area. These biking trails will, at times, allow access to the lake and provide beautiful views.

First added by TrailAPI on Jun 15, 2013. Last updated Apr 9, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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36.896868, -86.121851
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  • sasquatchman

    I don't know how maintains the trail name in the Singletracks database but its "Twisted Oliver Trail", not "Barren Lake Trail", especially important since there is about to be another trail on Barren lake at the State Park. This is a wonderful trail with some of the best facilities around (nearby restrooms, fishing, picnicing, great parking). Trail length is good for beginners and intermediates. Signage is a little lacking/confusing. The lake flooded in spring of 2019 and removed a lot of pine needles from lower part of trail that made it really, really bumpy. If you have a hardtail you are going to be hurting. Hopefully a year of pine needles dropping (and no more floods) will help. Other than the bumpiness this trail is a lot of fun and has some really great small jumps, bridges and skinnies. The section next to the lake is especially cool with really nice views (if you are going slow enough to notice).

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  • njstin74

    This was a very nice trail. It was very twisty, as the name promises. There were some challenging little bridges and things that looked scary in person, we skipped those. Will save them for when we're more skilled. Well maintained. Will defintely be back another day!

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  • dana92488

    Nice job fitting 3 miles of trail in a small area, This means, of course, it's tight and twisty, thus the name. Reasonably challenging, if you like fast, flowy riding, look elsewhere, otherwise good trail.

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  • scotthess

    Good beginner trail. Pine needle base with small rocks and tight turns. More technical than Mammoth Cave with dips and tight turns, but no real elevation to be gained. Well built bridges.
    The current direction pin drops you in the Barren County side of the dam. Choose the Oliver campground on The Allen County side and pull into the gravel lot on the right. There you will find the kiosk. Current trail diatance is

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