Buffalo Trace

4.77 out of 5
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↑ 5,100 ft
↓ 3,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The first of many mountain bike trails around the French Lick Resort is now open. The trail is named Buffalo Trace due to the Buffalo Trace that ran through the property. It's a 6+ mile trail that climbs to the top of the West Side of Mt Airie. With more elevation than Hesitation Point, Alex Stewart built a trail with his signature flow. The tread is easy, and the grades are kept at 5%, so beginner riders will be at home. Advanced riders will finish the climb a bit faster. When they open up on the descent, they will find Alex's rewards for speed.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: are hikers allowed? -Guest

A: Yes

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Reviews (22)

Granny Gear

July 2, 2018
Jrbrown Granny Gear  
Review: Jurassic Park by bike! Really a cool/fun ride. Avoid taking first time trail riders--Green trails are actually blue. Lots of climbing. Great work out on a beautiful trail.

Similar Trail: Hesitation point brown county

Granny Gear

April 25, 2018
Review: Rode on April 20, 2018. Went to the area for the Little 500. Conditions were almost perfect, just some wet spots in the corners. Enough to leave you muddy at the end of the day but not effect riding much. Great stuff, never knew Indiana had it! You can even use the golf course access road for some fun DH hill repeats.

Granny Gear

September 17, 2017
Rook MTB Granny Gear  
Review: The reviews on this trail are accurate. Awesome flow. Very technical in places. Great downhill section. I will reiterate this trail is a hard trail but pays huge dividends. I am a rookie and learned hard way to get off the bike in places. I have been golfing in this town for 10 years and just started biking off road after 20 years on road. This makes it a perfect spot. Great golf, beautiful resorts and hotels, and epic bike riding. Awesome.

Granny Gear

September 5, 2017
MHowell Granny Gear  
Review: My history is in road biking, and I know this does not translate fluidly to mountain biking. I did buy a second hand Specialized hard tail bike a few years ago, and I am trying to broaden my biking skills. It is a short drive to French Lick, IN, so I thought I would give the Buffalo Trace trail a try. My first pause was the mandatory check in at the golf course pro shop. I signed my waiver and checked in on the clock so someone knew I was out there. The trail head is right behind the golf driving range, and was easy to find. Once I got on the trail, I found it to be a very tough course for a beginner. I knew that going in, as the sign at the trail head told me to stay out. Lots of loose rocks on the trail made it technically difficult for me. It was easy for me to have minor mishaps, as I took the pace slowly and was clipped in. I visited the bottom of a shallow ravine about 30 yards into the intermediate course after a gentle downhill coast ended with rapid root deceleration. Because I value my health, and as I still have kids in college, I limped back onto the beginner loop and enjoyed the downhill cruise from there. Overall, I thought the trail was nicely done, and the scenery was beautiful. I am sure this course will be stunning in October. As my skill level improves, I am sure that I will return and have a better day. For now, I am thankful for only flesh wounds.

Granny Gear

June 24, 2017
Zach Jones Granny Gear  
Review: ***start the trail going clockwise I misspoke in my other review***

Granny Gear

June 24, 2017
Zach Jones Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail all around. Surprisingly good downhill if you start out going counter clockwise.


February 13, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
Review: For those who might ride the trails here for the first time, here is the best map I can find online https://www.ifoldsflip.com/t/161917-hiking-and-mountain-biking-at-french-lick-resort. Excellent map.


August 15, 2016
Review: Great set of trails although there beginner trail is not for Beginners. This was a tough trail to ride while it was wet a lot of loose rocks and some very fast down hill sections that could get a beginner into some trouble or hurt, easily. Not sure how often they do trail maintenance i had to stop quite a few times and move some fairly large branches off the trail. There were also some sections where the main trail had not been mowed or trimmed back in quite some time. As it was wet and i was crunched for time i stayed off the Intermediate trail section. I would say if your going to ride this solo make sure you check in at the bike rental place at the French Lick Resort.

Granny Gear

August 7, 2016
TDVail Granny Gear  
Review: Park at the trail head entrance next to the golf course or anywhere close as the area has bike trails leading to the trail head. Clockwise was my choice - easier. Back side is a blast making this an incredible ride. Well built, maintained with some markers along the way. Two short cuts on the back side. Caution with other riders on the blind turns.


June 19, 2016
Review: had a blast. Good clean trail. a lot of fun.

Buffalo Trace MTB Trail 4.77 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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