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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +285/ -568 ft
Total: 98 riders

Mountain Biking Rum Village Pathway Mountain Biking Trail

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#10 of 100 mountain bike trails in Indiana
#1,236 in the world

Beginner to Advanced. Starts on easy then toward the end of the easy trail there is a turn off to continue onto the hard trail together they are about 6 Miles long. This loop trail contains some quick ups and downs, steep (short) climbs and tight turns, with a big jump at the end. The first portion of the trail is mostly intermediate through fast, rolling terrain, while the latter portion has more climbs and is more technical.

First added by vulture7776969 on Aug 14, 2009. Last updated May 9, 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
rom US 20 on south side of South Bend, go north on US 31 to Ewing. Turn left (west) onto Ewing and follow it to Gertrude St. Turn left (south) onto Gertrude St. and follow it approx. 1/2 mile to the trailhead on the right (west) side of street. Park across the street from the trailhead or in the park (which is a little further north on Gertrude St., on the east side of the street). No entry fee.
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  • jacobie

    Recently rode this trail and couldn't be more disappointed. With the utmost respect to those who've maintained the trail over the years, it has gone downhill fast. No pun intended. I can deal with rocks, limbs, trees, face-wackers, and overgrowth on the trail. But the lack of directional signage in several areas is absurd.

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  • Cassidy

    This is what I would call my "home trail" so I am going to be biased. This was the first trail I rode with my older brother back in the day and it's still my go-to now. It's nothing fantastic, but it has some fast sections, it's well-maintained, and it's easily accessible. I often ride the intermediate trail as a warm-up then chill out and grab a drink at the trail head before moving onto the advanced section (both about 3 miles long).
    As this trail is also open to hikers (in the opposite direction if everyone is following the signage), I often run here too, it's a great place for that.

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  • Michael Franko

    Not a whole lot of distinguishing features. This Trail is woven onto a postage stamp and it does feel like you're going back and forth quite a bit. That all said it's well-maintained and very clean. You quickly forget how close you are to the road and that you are basically still in the city. A great option to have when you're in town but not something I would seek out

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  • offroadbikerdude

    After a 2 year break I got to ride this trail again. I was a little disappointed. This trail used to be technical but not so much anymore. If anything was technical still it had a by-pass which very few seem to ride. There was only a couple logs to ride over that are left. The trail is still well maintained but I miss the technical part that it used to be.

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  • OhioFatBiker

    Holy bug cloud batman! I rode this on a warm fall day and there were all these clouds of bugs, which don't taste good. Ride with glasses, but definitely ride it. It is a fun trail with some roots and some flow. The high bank turn is a very cool feature. The route is well signed. The deer were not terrified of my presence and they watched me go by without really getting spooked. Nice day in the woods. Thank you NIMBA for giving this traveler a fun work out. This beats the crap out of a hotel treadmill.

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  • Andy Bodine

    This trail is very fun, with 3 different difficulty levels. At times it may get a little confusing with the trails riding close together, but be sure just to stick on the rail and not veer off. There are a few trees and sticks taht need to be cleared, and the road was closed when I rodew here, so I had to park at the Rum Village Park and ride down the road as they are repaving it. To warm up before riding the trails, there is a picnic table, logs, a teeter totter, and a drop to warm up on. This trail is great by itself, but just needs a little cleaned up so it will ride better, since the trail is leaf covered, some roots are not seen.

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  • beerdeadbaxter

    This is a great set of trails as there are three sections beginner,intermediate,and expert. The great thing about these trails is that there is turn offs when you finish a section that allow you to go back to the trail head if you dont want to or dont feel comfortable doing the next section. The expert section has some really technical sections as well as some killer root garden hills. Lately there has been a lot of erosion and they have put a lot of sand out on this trail so be aware of that.

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  • GerardoG

    Super nice trail....
    I brought my wife and daughter, who are beginners, and they enjoyed it very much. So much that I am starting to think that at least my wife is bordering being an intermediate rider. After we rode it together I went for a spin by myself and was able to ride it a bit faster, boy it was fun.

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  • bboehman

    Very fun trail. Enjoyed it a lot and it was worth the trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • RaceCar627

    The trail starts off with a 1 mile beginner loop/ warm up loop which features not much but a few short drops and a big berm. Then next is the 2 mile intermediate section which features some difficult climbs small drop offs and a few steep drops, ending with a epic table top. Lastly a 3 mile advance loop. Lots of climbs steep drops, multiple drop offs, "black diamond" sections, a huge berm, and a few small jumps. I found this trail to challenging and a ton of fun with surprises around every corner!

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  • stevekwan3

    Fun trail, has some good technical stuff. Easy exits if you don't want to ride the whole trail and do the advanced section. Biggest downfall is that it's not in a real great side of town, I reccomend not riding alone and leave before dark.

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  • *****

    Good ride. It really gets more technical in the second half.

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  • jeff-pedals

    I am not an advanced mtb'er or even close..I usually walk around most technical obsticals but I really liked this trail when I rode it with a friend this year for the first time. We had previously avoided riding this trail because we thought it to be to challenging for us from word of mouth. I'm glad we decided to ride it. It was challenging for us but not to the point that we felt like we shouldn't be there with our skill set. Of course we avoided shooting off on the black labled sections, but that didn't leave us feeling like we hadn't accomplished something because we came we rode it & liked what we rode & I don't think we were expecting to really like it like it turns out we did. Maybe we are just becoming a bit more confident & are just slightly now past the beginer stage of mtb skills, not sure. One note though: Russ's roller coaster has been taken down so we didn't get a chance to either ride that or pass on it:) Either way we will be back to ride this trail again for sure becuse it was challenging & fun.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Great trail. The markings are pretty good now. There's a steep drop into a pit at the S end that's also cool, and the replacement Rollercoaster is way fun.

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  • ned3323

    I rode the trail on 6/26/12 and it was a fun trail. Right around 5 miles (I may have missed a section). Some good descents and challenging sections. I'm still new but it was definitiely fun.

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  • KKeg14

    On Gertrude street the bike trailhead is just across the street diagonally from the park entrance. This was more technical and aerobic then I expected. Has a few spots with tight trees that are a challenge to get your bike through as well as some rocks and logs. The harder section has a steep hill that goes down across a curved bridge and back up a hill- that was probably the hardest part of the trail.

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  • isaac.fast

    NIMBA (northern indiana mountain bike association) must have done some new maintenance on this trail, because when I went there two weeks ago, there were some brand new advanced trails. Loved every moment!

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  • treky92

    This is a really fun little trail. There is a little skills park at the beginning and some secondary trails that have some fun technical sections. The rest of the trail is pretty fast and fun. This is one of my favorite trails to date.

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  • SBSS29

    The Rum Village trail provides a lot of variety in a small, 6 mile, package. It is a fun trail to ride a few laps on with some twisty climbs and fast downhill stretches. There is a nicely setup table top jump at the end of the intermediate trail. While the trail has a beginner, intermediate and advanced section, the most difficult sections of the advanced trail are marked with a diamond on the trail sign. In previous reviews people mentioned getting lost on the trail. New trail posts have been put up that should make it much easier to follow. The roller coaster was also recently taken down and replaced by a steeply banked natural turn.* Review edited 11/20/2011

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  • cynergy68

    I just road this trail again after 3 years and the difference is amazing. The trail is in good shape and marked well now. It's a pretty fast trail with some challenging sections. I'll definetly come back again

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