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Town Run Trail Park (96th Street Levee)

Average Rating:    (3.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

This is Indy's first official mountain bike park. This is a fast rolling singltrack with lots of twist and turns. The trail is one way, please ride in a clockwise direction (The only exception is a night, you may go either direction). There are several orange arrows to help guide you through the trail. Check the local bike shops for trail maintenance days. Indy Spoke Breakers Bike Club helps maintain the trails, and needs everyones help to keep this park nice. If this works mor parks are sure to follow. Wear a helment and have fun.
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Latitude
39.92316565698772
Longitude
-86.07702255249023
Trail Directions
On 96th Street between Keystone Ave. and Allisonville Rd. on the Southwest side of the White River bridge.
Trail Length
3.75 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Indianapolis
   


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Review Date
September 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: TN ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Guides you around in small circles on narrow trails with drop offs. I came across one one individual that seemed to own the trail, with a resulting accident, when he bumped me from behind, on a turn; since this is hill billy country there were no witnesses to the bump. I really find it hard to believe that my tax dollars go toward such a dangerous, narrow trail that just benefits such a narrow group of people. Everyone I came across seem to have to ride this trail at "break neck" speed. There saw no enjoyment to riding this trail and it will never be riden by me again. I think it is safer riding in the hood, at least there there might be witnesses.

Recommended Route:
Anywhere else that has wider trails and doesn't go around in circles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Washington street (no bike lane) in rush hour would be safer.



Comments
indytrekracer (09/12/2011)
Yes,it is narrow. That is why we call it single track. Town Run is a mountain bike trail after all. This trail is the most used natural surface trail in Indiana, so yes, on a busy night, your will encounter many riders. Since the trail is open to the public, not everyone is going to know how to pass or be passed. But in general folks get along. Town Run, like most mtb trails is maintained by volunteers, so very little tax dollars are used to build or maintain the trail.
GChambers (01/31/2012)
So YOU had a bad experience with SOMEONE ELSE on the trail and decide to rate the trail poorly and criticise a single track trail as too narrow? It's not the trail's fault someone was a jerk. The locals try very hard to get people to play nicely on the trail. Unfortunately there are jerks in every town. You can't keep them all away. I also can't believe this trail is any narrower than what you're used to riding.
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Review Date
April 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TJSimonis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
http://www.examiner.com/x-46819-Indianapolis-Bicycle-Touring-Examiner~y2010m4d29-Indianas-Best-Trails-Town-Run-Trail-Park



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trek1969 (11/07/2010)
Good review with pics!
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Review Date
July 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dayres ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun Trail. Not the most challenging trail in the world, but its a blast to ride, really fast through the beginning and ending technical sections. The technical elements are fun, there is a drop off, several rock obstacles, a steep 7-8ft climb near the end of the trail, several table top bridges, etc. The climbs back and forth over the levee provide a rollercoaster feel. The trail is packed pretty hard, which makes it fairly fast. The trail is also fairly wide and well maintained (probably due to its high traffic rate). The back half (after Interstate 465) is a nice change up in that it is more cardio / fitness oriented. It is primarily flat grassland with an inordinate amount of twists and turns. The trail here is also somewhat sandy, which increases the rolling resistance and your cardiovascular effort. The scenery isn't as good as other locations (Westwood), but who cares when you are flying through the woods.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Westwood, Rangeline Nature Preserve



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Review Date
April 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Wheezer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
See new review under "96th Street."

Especially note: NO NIGHT RIDING. The land owner is adamant about this, and threatens to revoke ALL access to his land! The underlying reason is poaching by 4x4s and m/c's, but from 1/4 mile it's hard to tell them from a bicycle with a HID headlight.

Also, stay off of TRTP when it's been raining. The trail's in a flood plain, and gets soft and is easily damaged. Check the HMBA's Message Board for current conditions.

Please join the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association www.hmba.org and help with trail building and maintenance.



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Review Date
March 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: indybikerboy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I can't say anything bad about this trail. It is the trail that introduced me to mountain biking. It's on the north side of Indianapolis, so don't expect anything to spectacular. It's winding single track through the woods. It's the only palce to ride anywhere near it, and it's also the most ridden trail in Indiana. Again, it's nothing spectacular with huge clims, decents, or drops. But, it is winding single track, and has introduced me, and who knows how many other people, to the wonderful sport of mountain biking. Because it is so winding, if you want to make it more difficult to stay up, just ride it faster. I did that and went to the hospitol in an ambulance. So, it's not competely taim. I absolutely love it.



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