German Ridge Trail
(in the southern section of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana)

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German Ridge Trails

The 23 mile German Ridge Trail a multiple-use loop trail that winds through many tall pine stands. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are all allowed on this trail, which offers views of sandstone rock outcrops, bluffs, rolling hills of hardwood forests and the mighty Ohio River.

Horse riders and mountain bikers are required to have a trail permit and stay on trails designated for their use. Annual ($35) and day-use ($5/day) permits are available from Hoosier National Forest offices and several local vendors.

For a much shorter trail in the German Ridge Recreation Area check out the hiking-only German Ridge Lake Trail.

This trail is operated by:
US Forest Service
Tell City Ranger District
248 15th Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812-547-7051
Hoosier National Forest website

German Ridge Mountain Biking Trail Info

Check out the detailed maps for German Ridge Trails.

Length: Approx. 23 miles
Trail Type: Single track & gravel road
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Trail Description:

These easy to moderate trails are laid out in a ladder style, for bigger or smaller loops. Much of the trail has been widened and flattened to better accommodate horses. Frequent climbs, a few of which are difficult. The south end is a gravel lane (pretty easy) through the woods, and the area is used heavily by horses. Some good single track (a little more technical) exists at the north end. There are even a couple of stream crossings and some great views.


A primitive campground with pit toilets and hitching racks is available. The campground is designed for horse camping, however, any National Forest visitor is welcome to camp. A scenic lake, beach and historic picnic shelter are also available. Camping fees are $4 per night. Day use parking is also available at several trailheads. Please pack out your trash.

Since you may be sharing the trails with different types of users, please observe the following trail courtesy:
Mountain bikers yield to horse riders and hikers. (Make your approach known well in advance.)
Hikers yield to horse riders.
Horse riders: control your horse.

Outdoor Resources:
Other Information: - Indiana's Online Outdoor Recreation Guide