Sheltowee Trace - Laurel Lake Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.61 out of 5
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Intermediate
11.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,800 ft
↓ 5,300 ft
1,159
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
You can start here and ride about 11 miles of great XC type stuff all the way to the Holly Bay Marina. There is a number of other trails in the area, most are maintained. Once you get a little familiar with the area, there are multiple places to enter the trail which basically follows the edge of the lake for 11 miles, and can be entered at several boat ramps, depending on how much mileage you want to get. Not sure why this trail hasn\'t been added yet... It\'s ok to ride just after a rain to, as it is very hard pack and great year round.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (64 total check-ins)
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  Kevin Woods   on Aug 3, 2019
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Singletrack


September 30, 2019
LeighS68 Singletrack  
 
Review: Great ride! I was traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati and planned a stop here. This is a fast and flowing trail with nothing that needs much skill. I paired this trail up with the sheltowee sec 26(N) trail. You need to be an advanced rider to tackle this section. This has plenty of Rock gardens (I like rock)and obstacles. Awesome ride to do both together. Well worth my time to get off the highway!

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Bunny Hop

June 12, 2018
 
Review: From the trailhead at the intersection of 92/1193, the Sheltowee Trail 100 (next to the big wooden notification board) takes 4 mi. exactly to Holly Bay boat launch/campground. It starts narrow & a little techical, then after 1.5 mi. gets wider with great flow. GORGEOUS views along the water most of the way.

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Trailblazer

December 30, 2016
 
Review: For December 29 and after a major wind and rain storm a day or two earlier the trail was a fantastic visit. We cleaned up some trail debris but a chainsaw is needed for at least 7 large trees across the trail, otherwise its in excellent shape.

Similar Trail: Kingdom Trails VT quality with Lake views

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Granny Gear

August 23, 2016
 
Review: Great Trail. Beautiful Ride! plenty of technical areas along with some easy ride areas for beginners. Plenty of places to drop in or get out to limit the miles you ride.

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Granny Gear

March 14, 2016
 
Review: rode this trial and also cane creek yesterday, had a blast! Trail is fairly easy technically. very fun and flowing. doesn't seem to rough and rooty compared to other trails i have ridden. Being from northern indiana, the hills were a challenge towards the end of ride. I loved riding along the lake. It's similar to brown county trails, but it is more single track and a little more technical climbs. It was a 5 hour drive and we will be back.

Similar Trail: brown county state park

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Doubletrack


July 20, 2015
MTBCrash29 Doubletrack  
 
Review: It has been a long time since I rode this trail. I forgot to post a review. Not a bad trail system, i started in the middle are and rode a few miles in during a light drizzle. Rockss and roots were slippery but provide a great amount of reasonable terrain for a enjoyable ride. Great scenery, with waterfalls and bridges. Some pretty cool man made obsticles to encounter as well. I was on a quick mission so I was only able to push out about 5 miles of the trail, but it was fun. Seemed like I was further from the lake, so I didn't see a soul while there. I think it is a nice trail system if you are in the area and have time to explore it, I wouldn't make a special trip to ride it, but it was nice to get on a trail while in the area on business.

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Doubletrack

June 18, 2015
 
Review: I think some other reviewers are talking about another trail. Definitely go out of your way to ride this trail! Park at 192 and 1193 and ride south towards the lake. You probably won't see anybody else on the trail, maybe some hikers. It doesn't get used that much so debris will be on the trail, like branches piles of leaves, and hidden roots and rocks. On my ride yesterday I cleared a ton of crap off the trail and used a folding saw on bigger stuff.
The ride itself is top biking with rolling hills and fast speed. Some technical sections with some man made obstacles, but one is falling apart so use at own risk. Always be on the lookout for small stumps that can catch a pedal, this is the wilderness.
I wouldn't recommend riding past the dam, that's more for hiking. I got a tick there yesterday. Very rugged past that point and a washed out creek crossing that can barely be crossed on foot. After the creek crossing there are downed trees everywhere and the terrain is dangerous.

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Granny Gear

June 11, 2015
S h a n e Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode about 5 miles or so one way. I ask a local bike rider on the trail how long it was from the trail head to the dam, he said about 11 miles. That was too much for me, lots of up and down hills, it was a great workout for me. It seems like it could get dangerous in some spots. I drove almost an hour to get there, and wasn't disappointed. Great ride great people in the area, I'd recommend this trail. Watch out for hikers! I only seen 1 though.

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Granny Gear

June 8, 2015
Rider95 Granny Gear  
 
Review: 6-7-15 #1 rated Mt Bike trail in KY lol what a joke not worth the trouble 2 mile by the lake is it , not even a trail map at the TH at the Y

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Gnarly


September 21, 2014
CyberBomb Gnarly  
 
Review: Great Appalachian Ky Mtb riding for all Levels. Lake trail is easy, flows well & has good climbs but Cane Creek is a whole other beast. Rock gardens, trees to carry your bike over water falls & some very technical areas. Plenty of trail & miles for days. I can't ask for more the portions of downhill are a thrill. I'd be careful how far you get out, there are sections from the trails that have no Strava segments & you can get lost in those woods. I really recommend you hit the trail w/ someone that knows the area or you may end up in Tennessee. There are some creek crossings, bridges & downhill to uphill switch backs that can stop you in your tracks if you've failed to switch gears on time. I have put in 30 plus miles in 2 days & for the most part there where some parts that I round tripped but then found other trail segment to divert from. I would have to say this is better than green river by far...

Similar Trail: Green River Lake

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Sheltowee Trace - Laurel Lake Trail MTB Trail 4.61 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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