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Hobo Trails

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Packed dirt trails that carve through the wooded banks of the Ohio River. Views of Kentucky from some of the trails. Trails split into two/three directions at the main clearing, where there is several jumps/ramps you can ride. Good place to practice your jumping abilities; some are easy, others are built for motorcycles and more challenging. Also there are logs off to the side of the trails for more technical stuff. Trails snake around a small, hidden lake and the banks of Silver Creek, which drains into the muddy Ohio. You can ride underneath an abandoned bridge. Nothing too hard but the trails offer a fast ride. Watch out for dudes walking on the trails; the trails aren't named after the hobos for nothing. These trails aren't too scenic but they offer some offroading within the Louisville Metro area. More challenging trails are at Louisville's Waverly Park in Valley Station and Cherokee Park in the Highlands -- both which are about a 10-15 minute drive from here.
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Latitude
38.28926292250064
Longitude
-85.79292297363281
Trail Directions
Technically, these trails are in Indiana but New Albany is part of the metro Louisville area. A short drive from Louisville (about 10 minutes) From Louisville: Take I-64 or I-65 North into New Albany. From I-65: go across the John F. Kennedy Bridge and take the New Albany/Hwy 62 ramp. Continue for about three miles until you enter the city of New Albany. You'll be on Spring Street. Continue west on Spring until the second light, which will be Vincennes Street. Take a left at Vincennes and continue for 1/4 mile until you see Riverside Drive on your left. (They'll be next to the railroad tracks.) Go on Riverside Drive until the next stop. Turn right, which is E. 18th Street and continue south until you see the flood wall gates. You'll see a large empty field with a guard rail in front. There's a sign that states, "No Trespassing." Don't worry; nobody gets busted. Hop over the guard rail and make a left and ride until you see a small trail through the tall grass. This is the entrance. From I-64: Take the first exit off the Sherman Minton Bridge. Make a right at the first light. Go south (through Spring Street) until you hit Main Street. Take a left and continue East on Main for about 1-2 miles. You'll eventually run into Vincennes Street and Riverside Drive, which is across the tracks. See I-65 directions.
Trail Length
3-4 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
New Albany
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: harry2110 ,  Racer

Summary:
Its improved some since the wind storms but watch out if it rains. Takes the first hill but watch out for the fallen tree at the bottom. If you take the second right there is a 5in branch that you have to either ride or hop over. Oh after you reach the river there seems to be a continuation of the trail but it is blocked only 400yd down the way.



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Review Date
September 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AGoodman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This area is actually the "Loop Island Wetlands" (not Hobo Trail) which is privately owned but made accessible to bike riders (non-motorized). It is 47 acres with 21 acres of water in two ponds. Approximately 1 mile of trails surround the ponds, althouth trails are not well marked in some areas. Riding across the 247 ft. long railroad bridge is not recommended or safe as it is 54 ft above the creek bed with no guardrails.
Best and easiest entry is to drive east at the corner of Silver and Main Streets into the old tannery to the one-story red brick building (says A. W. Goodman & Assoc on building). Park by red building and enter through floodwall to east of building. Easy parking and entry is flat. Please obey posted signs. Police patrol area on bikes.

Recommended Route:
Travel east to first trail on right, drops to pond level with dirt paths. Proceed to Ohio River and return along Silver Creek to RR bridge area across Silver Creek. May need to carry-across berm washout by creek.

Please pikcup trash to help owner keep area open to public.



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Review Date
September 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jarrod , from Glasgow, KY

Summary:
This is a nice trail not many climbs that are difficult. When you come to the bridge there is a nice downhill on the left side. After riding across the bridge there is a nice two stage downhill to your right. At the bottom there are some jumps and an area to play around on. Four wheelers ride in this area often from the looks of the trails. Would not suggest riding during or directly after a good rain. We rode out the way we came in not sure if there is a loop.

Recommended Route:
Approximately 2 miles in and 2 miles out. Take the trail down into the bottom then up and to the left around the lake at the old road take a right. You will come to an old bridge across the creek.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waverly Park, Cherokee Park, Taylorsville Lake State Park, Otter Creek, Fort Duffield, Youngers Creek, & Briar Hills



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Review Date
June 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike D. , from Louisville, Ky

Summary:
Decent trail system with a good variety of jumps and ramps. Killer downhill beside an abandoned bridge; if you have balls, ride across the bridge. I give it four stars for this area; it's a quick ride and close to Louisville. You can also bash through scrub brush that grows beside the Ohio River bank. Some cool views of the river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waverly is better for overall but Hobo isn't bad for what it is.



Comments
harry2110 (11/23/2008)
The trail is now blocked off by trees that may have been cut down by some pot head or blown down during the wind storm.
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