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Level: Intermediate
Length: 21 mi (33.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,245/932 ft
Total: 107 riders
 

Mountain Biking Versailles State Park

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#5 of 98 mountain bike trails in Indiana
#286 in the world

3 loops to ride. beginers loop is 1 mile long round trip that is twisty and fun.that flows into the creekside section,2 miles long one way,moderate dificulty,rocky,great veiws of laghfrey creek,big climb at end. finish with the upland loop,also intermediate,about 2 miles long with great veiws from 200 feet above the creek. Don't forget to head down Last Chance, cross the creek, and up to the other side. Turn left on Fink's Road and ride about a mile until you see the Wormhole and Eagle's Nest trail markers. Trails are currently being built on Wormhole.

First added by martybob on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
from I65,get off at the seymour exit. take 50 east about an hour to versilles state park.follow the signs to the pool. trailhead is across the street from pool parking lot.
from I74,get of at greensburg exit. follow 421 south to versailles and follow the signs.
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  • Hap Proctor
    *****

    Absolutely surprised at how much I enjoyed these trails. One decent climb to begin with and then miles of SWOOSH after SWOOSH. I found myself alternating between grins and giggles. Lots of ridge line riding, minor creek crossings, rocks and roots to keep the interest level up. Compares favorably with stuff in northwest Arkansas minus the man made features. Great signage and distance markers every .2 mile. Total blast. The state park is very nice with lots of camping spots available. There was a charge to enter the park ($9 for out of state visitors) plus $5 per bike. I got my money's worth.
    Check out the 124 Proof Tavern & Tables in historic Lawerenceburg, Indiana for post ride refueling if traveling to/from the Cincinnati area.

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  • Zoup
    *****

    My work brought me to the area. This place is great! I was here 5 days and rode 3 days. On dry days it’s a blast. Wet days are a little hairy but keep you on your game. Scenery can’t be beat. Worm hole by far the most technical. It you decide to do wormhole or eagles trace be sure your prepared for a long ride. Hard to believe how few people were riding here. They do charge to get into the park. Found trails to be well maintained but no berms n jumps ( don’t like that stuff - purist). My employer may find me wanting to always come here. Lol

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  • JWertz
    *****

    The description needs updated. There are like 9 trails here now. I agree Grand View was the most flowy and fun. Last chance was more than a connector, Eagle Trace was rocky and fun. Wormhole was windy and fun with a few jumps but i was too gassed to fully enjoy it when i got there. Cliffside's exposure is overrated. It's an easy 2-3' wide trail with nice views. Creekside was more technical and also had nice views being right next to the water. Most trails had a fair amount of exposed roots and some small logs and some rocks. A little intimidating with everything covered up with leaves this time of year but gorgeous. Worth a day or two depending on your fitness level. You'll be approaching 20 miles RT if you ride all the way to the back. And signs are best I've seen. Super well marked trails away every intersection. Some signs even told you what trails the current trails led you to.

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  • DDUCK
    *****

    Just rode this in July 2018, Nice flow trails, well laid out with mostly short climbs and descents. They have a whole new trail system that requires crossing a wide creek to access. Some of these have a little more advance riding with some small rock features. Over all a nice trail system. They definitely need to post some new photos showing summer growth, the new trails and the creek crossing.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter

    Here's a good trail map for Versailles https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/7d0d46_88bda7b8363f4e3b9ab9c913c3000099.pdf

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  • MtnMan Matt
    *****

    Great trail system and more trails keep getting added all the time! Check out the newest on the Hassmer Hill side---bring your climbing legs and get ready for some awesomeness!!

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  • marc_laker
    *****

    These are fantastic trails! The SIMBA volunteers keep them in great shape. There is something for everyone at Versailles.

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  • Mitch Bird
    ****

    Really great singletrack loop trail system. Nothing too technical, but really captures the terrain of southeastern Indiana. Worth the drive!

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  • Richard Hespen
    ****

    This trail system was a pleasant surprise. Some parts are very well constructed with plenty of berms and rollers. You won't find a bunch of tech features, but Cliffside has rocky ledges and some exposure that you'd never expect to find in Indiana. This trail system doesn't measure up to the truly great places, but it's definitely worth a stop.

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  • Daveman
    *****

    A fun fast trail. Climbs aren't bad, flows well, not to technical for a novice rider to ride. Plenty of trails to get as much or as little riding in as you want.

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  • NotAtWork
    *****

    Easily the best trail system in the Cincinnati area. You can ride all day here, it just flows and connects up with other trails. Cliff side is a little intimidating the first time. The drop would severely hurt you if you fell. Grandview is a fast XC trail and is really well put together.
    It does cost $9 to get into the park though, kinda pricey but they have a large swimming pool if you wanted to swim after riding.

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  • tskin
    *****

    Great first experience on this trail system...a little wet but course was fun.

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  • cavedweller
    ****

    This place is fantastic. A small version of Brown County. There are about 16 miles of varied trail that snakes around rivers, valleys and cliffs. The difficulty is moderate for the most part, all singletrack, rooty and rocky with some minor lung buster climbs. "Grand View" has a really nice flow, the views are spectacular and you really feel secluded. This trail can be packed and you could ride all day without seeing a soul. Bring a camelback and repairs, it could be a very long hike out if you broke down as the trail does get away from society a bit. "Shadow Run" is a lot of fun, feels like a pump track in places.

    Overall very fun ride, check it out if nearby. The park does have a pricey fee of $7.00/day, so make the most of it if you come.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    *****

    On my second visit, I rode Shadow and Cliffside, as an out and back. I'm still impressed with Shadow. It's rated as easy and could be riden by a raw beginner, but it's just so full of flow and + camber turns and pump, that almost anybody can love riding it. Started counter clock wise and it was fun but I'd say it flows better and bermed more for clock wise, which ends in a grand but not too technical down hill and one last big berm that shoots out into the exit to parking. :D Cliff side still gnarly and fun with a good sence of exposure. Water wasn't much flowing at the falls, I'd like to see that. and It rides well both ways.* Review edited 7/23/2012

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  • *****

    Rode Grandview trail for my first time. Love the trail. Lots of flow and yet the uphill sections seemed moderate. I rode it clockwise coming off of Creekside trail. GV trail is marked well and easy to follow.
    I did NOT care for Creekside all that well. Lots of loose (small) rock on most of trail. Very rough ! One small tree top across the trail. But was able ride thru it on my way back.
    Did enjoy the scenery on GV.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    *****

    The folk who built this know Flow. Every part flows well. Also noticed they put in drainage every little while. Almost no tech except KILL DEVIL FALLS, and probably could of cleaned that to if I wasn't a chicken. :) They have 6 named trails on the map from gate. The only one actually difficult at all is Cliff side. Pretty Gnarly. Fun not too hard. Shadow loop made me work a little to get elevation then flowed nice all the way back with lots of burms and improved stream crossings.Grand View might be in the winter. Some of the rocks at lower elevation look OMG sharp. * Review edited 7/22/2012

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  • treky92
    *****

    This trail system is a ton of fun with some tough climbs and awesome descents. There are also a lot more trail miles than listed here. I counted about 15 miles and expanding according to a park ranger I talked with. This is a definite must ride.

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  • oneeyeredeye
    *****

    14 miles of sweet singletrack to shred. great flow. well worth the 7$ state park fee. (non resident)

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  • bboehman
    *****

    I ride this trail every year for the 24 hour race and the 13 mile loop that they carve out is awesome. There are a few more miles as well but that loop is fast, flowy and some of the best stretch of trail I have ever ridden. The loop doesn't get old no matter how many laps we turn that night.

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  • fredgames
    *****

    It's actually more like 14 miles and is a very good trail system. Well maintained. Not as great as Brown County but well worth the trip.

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