Biking on Bloodroot Trail at Salamonie Reservoir
Website user Steve submitted the following trip report:
This trail opened earlier this spring. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, as it is the first new trail I've ever ridden. The flyer for the trail shows a vague satellite image of the park with the trail designated by a white dashed line.
This is a hiking and biking trail, with some sections open to snowmobiles. Turns and bends in the trail are marked very well, with the exception of the last two sections, which were missing the bike decals (that appear on every other marker).
The trailhead is located in the parking lot across the street from the Nature Center. The trail, consists of a thirteen mile, one way loop that traverses throughout a variety of terrains. There are sections of mowed meadows, woods, stretches next to crop fields, and hilly (and I mean hilly!) ravines with some awesome lake vistas.
My ride took around two hours to complete with no stops (besides a quick swig of water a couple of times). The first section was very bumpy. The mowed meadows have what appears to be bulldozer track ruts that really beats the crap out of your backside. Hopefully this will smooth out in time. There are several sections of the trail that parallel sunflower and corn fields with occasional detours in and out of the woods. About ½ ways through the trail the terrain changes significantly. It turns into some really intense mountain biking. Steep descents into and equally intense climbs back out of ravines with the occasional pause to look out over the lake. Very exciting stuff! The final stint includes some more of the field and meadow ride.
Overall, the ride was very enjoyable. They even have a Bloodroot Trail patch available (for a few bucks) for those who traverse the entire trail. It s a pretty cool patch.