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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +356/ -356 ft
Total: 130 riders

Mountain Biking Fort Harrison State Park

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#4 of 100 mountain bike trails in Indiana
#229 in the world

All trails are to be ridden counter clockwise. The Fort Harrison Mountain Bike Trail system is broken down into three trails ranging from easy to advanced. The beginner trail is Camp Glen and is an approx 1 mile loop located on the furthest west section of the trail system. The intermediate trail is called Lawrence Creek trail and is connected to the Camp Glen trail and is approx 3.5m long. The advanced trail is called Schoen Creek and is about 3.5 miles long. You can get to this trail either by taking the connector off the intermediate trail then turn right on Glenn Rd. then left on Trailer Court Rd to Schoen Creek trail. Parts of this trail are built into the sides of hills and have pretty good drop-offs. The trail system is very well maintained and would be a great afterwork ride. Total time for all three trails is about 1 hour. There are three trailheads and all are highlighted on the maps that you can pick up at the park entrance. I rode aprox 9.25 miles which includes the road riding from one trail to another.

First added by mwilson7 on Jul 29, 2012. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Tke the E 56th exit off highway 465 and head east to N Post Rd. Turn left at the light on N Post Rd and the entrance of Fort Harrison State Park will be to the left when the road ends. For GPS use the following address which will take you just south of the park entrance:6000 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216 . As this is a state park there are fees required to enterthe park.
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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter

    Fun trail system that is very well maintained. The trail builders did awesome with the use of terrain. I am a North GA Rider so a little spoiled with terrain considering this region of the country. There is noting crazy on this trail and would would be a great ride on the single speed.

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  • jrerickson724

    I was visiting on business and had hopes of riding Brown County but it was too far and I didn't have time. Fort Harrison is close to the city but a little short. Aside from the $12 I had to pay, I was pleasantly surprised by the work that had been done there. They made the most out of the area by traversing ridge after ridge. Lots of bench cut trail, rock work and bridges. Very rooty but actually really flowy at the same time. I'd go there again.

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  • bboehman

    This is a very fun trail and a great place to bring the younger mountain bikers in the family as they are progressing! Fun ride and a great little park for being close to Indy.

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  • TD101

    I was passing through from out of state and stopped by. I found the trails incredibly well-maintained and a lot of fun. I didn't find any of the trails too technical or difficult. I'll definitely ride them again next time I'm in town. Note that there's a $7 entry fee into the park and there were a lot of hikers with children on the trail.

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  • Surly Will

    In brief, it's "little Brown County". This trail provides just the right amount of flow and chunk to provide you with a great cardio and interval workout. It has a handful of significant downhill runs lasting several minutes.

    Camp Glenn - an easy beginner friendly loop with good lateral and mild vertical elevation changes. Beginners should park at the far west end of the park.

    Lawrence Creek - Intermediate climbs with occasional rocks and log-overs. 3 significant downhill runs. Climbs are interrupted mild to medium grades. The trail also goes over multiple stream crossings and provides nice vistas.

    Schoen Creek - More advanced grades and sustained climbs. This side of the park is "chunkier" and more technical.

    There is also access to the Fall Creek Pathway through the West side of the park as well as a paved cycling/pedestrian path on the NorthEast side of the park.

    Bicycles are prohibited from the unpaved hiking trails on the NorthEast portion of the park and the Equestrian trails on the South side.

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  • nicnac54

    Great ride. Flow in some parts for days

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  • woggy718

    I am a beginner when it comes to mountain biking but I thought both of these trails was awesome. They didn't overwhelm me and provided a good enough challenge to work on my skills.

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  • fattirechallenge

    Had a blast taking a rip on these trails following a week working at the Indianapolis convention center! Super flow, tight turns, and located on an old Army base! Awesome!

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  • snaeger

    This is a very fun ride. Is it hard for an experienced MTBer? No. There are no climbs, and nothing technical. But go ride them! Get in there and crank, and you will have a blast! A previous review said that there was a lot of mud. Rode today and the trails were about as perfect as they could be. If it is wet, don't ride them. Too much effort has been put into building and maintaining these trails to jack them up riding them while they are wet. If you are going to be visiting Indy for a couple days (like I am), bring your bike! Ride these trails. You will be glad you did.

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  • Mitch Bird

    Fun trail in Indy. Intermediate trail. Won't disappoint. Trail is divided by a road so don't think it ends at the road. Everything runs counter-clockwise direction.

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  • burch20

    MUD. MUD. MUD. MUD. There are so many creek crossings/ruts/sloppy corners that it isn't even fun to ride. The most difficult part is not sliding off the side of one of the many blind corners that are about 2' wide with a 10' drop-off. I'm sure there are better trails in the area.

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  • Henck

    A good all around trail and minutes away from downtown.

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  • offroadbikerdude

    Very hard packed surface makes this trail very fast. I averaged 2 MPH faster than most trails I have ridden. I actually let more air out of my tires to help me corner faster and that is very rare for me. The only thing to slow you down are the many walkers, hikers and runners on the trail.
    Both lawrence and Shoen trails seem similar to me. I parked at the trail head between the two and started with Shoen and ended on lawrence since it had a little downhill right at the end.

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  • BoilerBrad

    Ah, Fort Ben. A little gem inside city limits that gives a taste of everything Indiana mountain biking has to offer without being as steep or confusing as Brown County. There are three trails inside the park, all accessible via several different parking lots. All trails in here are multi-use one-way trails, but most walkers and joggers get out of the way when they hear a bike coming simply because it is easier for them to step aside. Take warning though, in the summer months these trails are sometimes crowded with families with small children and packs of elderly out for a stroll.

    The trail system consists of three loops: a beginner level trail, an intermediate level trail, and a more advanced level trail.

    The beginner trail is appropriately rated as such. It is wide, not steep, and has a few small natural obstacles to help build confidence. It is fun enough to do many loops without becoming too boring. It is short enough to race in 4-6 minutes, so challenge your buddies or see how you stack up on Strava.

    Connected to the beginner trail is an intermediate trail that has more elevation gain, skinnier single track, larger obstacles (roots, logs, rocks), and small unavoidable drops that can get the best of you if you are not paying attention. There are also two or three fun flowy downhill sections where it is easy to pick up speed and shred on burms and bumps.

    Across the creek and over the wooden bridge is the more difficult trail. It is more technical and not as fast or flowy as the intermediate trail. The single track is skinnier and there are more natural obstacles along with an avoidable creek crossing.

    The proximity of this trail system to the city makes it easy to get a quick fix after work. It is often less crowded than Town Run and offers a challenge for those that seek it.

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  • Klooji

    Great trails, wish they were longer. But, if you ride from Schoen to Lawrence Creek it makes for about a 8 mile journey. Lot of logs on the trail that make it tough for an old-school bike (26'er) to get over. But, great short climbs and cool woodlands. As others said, there tends to be hikers on the trail so be weary of them.

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  • eltommyc

    Lawrence Creek rides fast and smooth with some basic obstacles and drops; incredible scenery with great flow and nothing too difficult to engage. Another HMBA maintained trail that is incredibly well manicured.

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  • HollidayRoad

    In my opinion one of the best trail systems in or around Indy, and second only to Brown County. Nice variety for all levels of riders.

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  • Brandon Lee Hatten

    At this park there is 3 trails that you can mountain bike on. Be careful cause there are also lots of hikers on the weekend... I ride during the week, and there is a lot less walkers... The smallest is camp Glenn trail, it is about a mile long and is great to take your kids on do to the flatness of the trail. The other two trails are above a beginners skill level do to the climbs and logs and trees and cliffs ... But all are super fun.

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  • ****

    Awesome trail. I've ridden schoen trail,and this Is much better. The trail head says 3.7 miles,I always show 4.45.
    At the end of the trail there is a sign that says Lc(lawrence creek),or TH(trail head)
    So if you were feeling frisky you could double lap it,or go back to the parking lot.

    Lots of hikers though so be careful.

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  • samborenaudio

    Very cool trails! You have to pay $5 to get into the preserve, but it's well worth it. I didn't understand the other comments about the drop offs: the sides of some trails are steep hills that make for an exciting ride! There are a few cool obstacles but otherwise not terribly technical. Beautiful scenery.

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