8 miles
1,145 ft
-1,143 ft
Avg time
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Nebo Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hoosier National Forest
    Nashville, Indiana
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #26600 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS-Hoosier National Forest

Regardless of the trailhead you start from, you have a big climb ahead of you to reach the ridgetop. Starting from the North, the climb up the old fire road tends to stay sloppy for awhile, as drainage is poor here. As you near the top, however, you'll be rewarded with some rocky technical spots. Watch out for downed trees. Maintenance here is not as frequent as it is on other trail systems and it may take awhile for downed trees to be removed. They have a tendency to fall at the bottom of fast downhills and the last thing you want is a serious injury in the backcountry because you weren't paying enough attention.

Once you reach the top of Nebo Ridge, you'll get to enjoy some pretty flowy singletrack before the downhill to the southern trailhead. Take a break and explore Hickory Ridge or retrace your steps for a ~17 mile ride.

Make sure you carry PLENTY of water. There is nowhere to refill.

The Story Inn is a great place to stop for a post-ride beverage and recovery meal, which is another reason to start from the northern trailhead.

Access Info

Reaching this trail is more difficult than following it. From IN 46 (which goes between Bloomington, Nashville, and Columbus) in Gnaw Bone, take IN 135 south 9 miles to Story. At the Story Inn, take Elkinsville Rd. west approx 3 miles to find the gravel parking lot for the trailhead on your left. Signs for Elkinsville Rd. are very small, but you can't miss the Story Inn. You can park at the Story Inn and ride 3 miles of gravel to the trailhead for a warmup, because you won't get much of one starting from the northern trailhead.

The southern trailhead is more remote on even more lightly traveled roads. The coordinates are: 39 1' 6.266"N, 86 14' 31.712"W. Most riders start from the Northern trailhead.

More Stats for Nebo Ridge Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    566 ft
  • Altitude max
    923 ft
  • Altitude start
    566 ft
  • Altitude end
    568 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,427 ft
  • Avg time
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
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  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Nebo Ridge Trail Trail Reports

      Nov 25, 2017 @ 5:07pm
      Nov 25, 2017
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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
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