Formally Ben Hawes State Park. Trail closed following the historic 09 Ice Storm. Bought by the City of Owensboro in the summer of 2010. This trail has been completely redesigned and constructed per IMBA guidelines in a joint effort between KyMBA and the City working with Alex Stewart of Spectrum Trail Designs. Official Park opening April 2012. The trail system offers something for all skill levels. Including the old original wide open double-track/maintenance roads, a new beginner friendly Green single-track loop and a new more difficult Blue single-track loop. The purpose built, double stack loop crosses the maintenance roads in several locations allowing you to explore many different variations. It has a high fun factor “Flow Trail” influence with plenty of berms, pumps, and great flow. A unique feature to this trail are the spring wild flowers. The northern end of the park is covered in literally thousands of wild flowers making for a beautiful spring ride.
Review: Ben Hawes offers some excellent flowing trail followed with moderate climbs to offer a balance of cardio busting and roller coaster fun moments that keeps you screaming for more. I was very impressed that a small town in Kentucky holds such a great, well maintained, and flowy trail. Awesome berms are scattered throughout to keep your momentum up while banking around a switchback. The singletrack winds and snakes through double track which offers a bailout for people who need to get back to the parking lot in a hurry. The trails are well marked with a map at the trail head that you can take with you (they were out when I rode today though). The trail head offers plaques with historic buildings of the old coal mines and such which were a nice bonus. The golf course pushes up against the back side of the trail so no chance of getting lost in the wild here. There are a few man made features that added a bit of flare, but mostly just felt distracting from the beauty of the trail itself. It is late fall here so the trail was covered in leaves making it difficult at times to know where to turn or not turn, causing me to have to unnecessarily slow a few times and lose my flow. There were also lots of downed trees and derailleur busters that made me a bit more cautious as well. Overall it was an amazing trail, definitely beats what we have here in Oklahoma. If you're in the area or driving by definitely check it out!
Review: This trail has been monumental in making me a better rider after every ride. The climbs reward you with awesome downhill sections and this is a directional trail which is eliminates meeting other riders head on. I liken this singletrack to a video game with many levels. The trail is very well marked if you like visual cues, and has multiple exits and areas to take a break. 5/5 for length of trail, great climbs(for my skill level), and rewarding and fast downs. M-W-F is counter clockwise which is more downs. Happy Riding!
Review: This trail was so much more than I had expected! It was fast an had a great flow...not to mention the beautiful scenery. This trail is a great workout an directional, read the signs! I can't wait to go back an ride the opposite direction. There are a few easier trails if you have the kids with you but I would leave the little ones at home for the blue trail!
Highly recommend this trail, it's now prob my fav!