Shirley Creek Trail
(in the middle section of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana)

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The multiple-use Shirley Creek Trail runs approximately 19.5 miles through a variety of terrains in scenic hardwood forest. It's shady trails allow hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.

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

This trail is operated by:
US Forest Service
Brownstown Ranger District
811 Constitution Avenue
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: 812-275-5987
Hoosier National Forest website

Shirley Creek Mountain Biking Trail Info

From the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 60, take Hwy 50 West approx. 0.1 miles and turn left (south) onto CR 980 S Follow CR 980 S appox. 0.9 miles (as it turns and heads east), then turn right (south) onto CR 825 W. Continue approx. 3.4 miles (as the road becomes CR 910 W) to the Y intersection and veer left onto CR 810N (past Bonds Chapel and the cemetery). Continue approx. 1.3 miles (as the road becomes CR 740 N) and turn right (south) onto CR 775 at Hindostan. Continue approx. 1.2 miles to the Shirley Creek Trailhead sign and turn left (east), then follow the road to the parking area at the campground.

(Check out the maps above too.)

Length: Approx. 19.5 miles
Trail Type: Mostly single track
Skill Level: Intermediate
Trail Description:

The hills and streambeds are challenging, though the rest of the trails are pretty easy. Loops within loops yield many options. The trail offers lots of hilly, technical singletrack through the woods. It's fun, but demanding.

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