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Ben Hawes State Park

Average Rating:    (3.22 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Something for all skill levels, from easy open flowing log roads, more difficult double-track to very difficult singletrack. The state maintains approximately 5 miles of logging road and double-track while locals maintain the 5 miles of tight and technical singletrack. This multi-use, stacked loop network is open to hiking and cycling only. ATV and Horseback riding is prohibited. The singletrack is marked with ribbon and way markers. An out-and-back singletrack will direct you to the base of Barry''s Shortcut and Sara Gray''s Loop. From there head back into the woods up Sara Gray''s Loop where the single-track loop begins. This densely wooded loop crosses the main trail in several locations allowing you to explore many different variations.
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Latitude
37.78645343442073
Longitude
-87.20157623291015
Trail Directions
From Owensboro take HWY 60 West past the Ben Hawes Park main entrance on Booth Field Road. Keep traveling HWY 60 West to Overstreet Road. The parking lot and trail head is located at the old George H. Rudy Mines and Saw Mill.
Trail Length
10+ Miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Owensboro
Zip/Postal Code
42301
Country
USA
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Review Date
February 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Thor ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great cross country trail, lots of fast sections with some FAST downhills. You go from pedaling along to 23 mph in about 0.5 seconds. Climbs are pretty easy, nothing too scary.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise is more fun than clockwise, but if you want a workout go clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New Harmony Indiana, Scales Lake in Boonville Indiana, French Lick in Indiana.



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Review Date
January 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Paul Frank ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The only thing i see that is missing is the location of the cemetery and the cemetery name from ur map and on the home page. thanks. That is why i was their ok



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Review Date
June 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jsmith75 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fast rolling terrain with very few roots or rocks. There are lots of graded turns to keep the speed on. Very friendly for a first time mountain biking experience. There are beginner and intermediate trails available. The park's website states that the trail was designed with IMBA support. This would make a very good XC race course,

There is a porta-toilet at the trailhead which is the only facilities provided. I am not sure if there was a water source nearby.

Recommended Route:
The clockwise route is the only one I have tried on the intermediate. There are many connectors to change the routes. (Watch out for the gnome on one of the turns!) The map provided at the trailhead shows color coded trails however the trails are named. I did see some color coding with the signs. I think they should reference the trail names on the maps to eliminate confusion to first time visitors.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grapevine Lake in Madisonville, KY
LBL North/South Trail and Canal Loop
Macedonian Loop at Pennyrile State Forest
Rotary Park Clarksville, TN



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Review Date
May 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: DavidHood ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The city of Owensboro Kentucky put up $25,000 to revitalize the Mountain Bike trails at Ben Hawes State park. The grand reopening (after 2009 ice storm) was May the 10th of 2012. Parks and Rec have worked closely with the Kentucky Mountain Biking Association and trail designers since 2010. Now with over 11 miles to explore, this is a great destination. There is truly something for everybody. Take the family on the yellow trail where it is relatively safe and there are no big hills the kids cannot climb. The more adventurous will enjoy the speed and flow of the yellow trail on the way to the blue single track. There are plenty of fire road connectors in case you want to bail but, trust me, you won't. It truly is a great destination. Don't forget your road bike because Owensboro also has 20+ miles of paved (rails-to-trails) greenway connecting it's quaint neighborhoods. I'm a bit bias because I lived there while I was earning my undergraduate degree at Brescia University. I'm in Louisville now and I will have to admit Owensboro caters to cyclists ever bit as much as the big city.

Recommended Route:
If you have the kids you might want to stick to the Yellow trail. Facing the entrance, go right for a mile or so until you come to spaghetti junction then turn left to circle back to the parking lot for a quick 2+ mile ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None in Owensboro. I'm in Louisville so I ride Cherokee, Waverly, etc



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Review Date
January 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nick leonard ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Owensboro City Parks has purchased the park from the state. The trails are currently being rebuild and advised by alex steward from spectrum trail design http://www.spectrumtraildesign.com/

Owensboro will have 5-6 miles of purpose built mtb trails in the near future (hopefully mid summer of 2011). Older single track trails have completely disappeared after the icestorm (2009). There still remains 3 or 4 miles of double track if you just need a close off road fix but dont expect anything fantastic right now. just off road thats all. ratings are based on current doubletrack trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
please see my review bellow for other trails in area to ride if you have time to travel outside of owensboro.



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