multiple-use Youngs Creek Trail offers approximately 10.5 miles
for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. This shady trail
traverses a variety of terrain in scenic hardwood forests.
A primitive campground,
hitching racks and a picnic shelter are located at the north
end of the trail. One
day use parking lot is located on County Road 550 South. Day
use parking is also available free at the campground.
NOTE: Horse riders and mountain bikers are required to have
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 operated by:
US Forest Service
Tell City Ranger District
248 15th Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Hoosier National Forest website
primitive campground with pit toilets, hitching racks, and a
picnic shelter is available. The campground is designed for
horse camping, however, any National Forest visitor is welcome
to camp. There is no use fee at this site.
Paoli school children
and the Orange County Saddle club have provided most of the
development and facilities at this campground and trailhead.
From Hwy 37 (south
of Bloomington and Paoli), go west on CR 550 S / CR 560 S at
Pine Valley (at the 2nd sign for Youngs Creek). Continue west
approx. 0.8 miles and turn right (north) into the trailhead
parking area (which should have a sign reading "FR 707").
(Check out the maps
||Approx. 10.5 miles
This loop trail
is perhaps the most difficult in the state, with several challenging
climbs and technical singletrack. Riding the trail clock-wise
may be a little more enjoyable, though either direction has
tough climbs, fast downhills, mudholes, deep-set horse tracks,
sticker bushes, rocks and a few logs to jump.
THE RIGHT OF WAY
you may be sharing the trails with different types of users, please
observe the following trail courtesy:
bikers yield to horse riders and hikers. (Make your approach known
well in advance.)
yield to horse riders.
riders: control your horse.