The entry to the trail under the I-65 overpass in Lebanon is now open!
This is a peaceful trail, with beautiful, rural scenery the entire way. We really enjoyed the ride from Lebanon to Thorntown and back and stopped at the delightful little rest area provided by the Boone County Solid Waste District along the way.
The trail is definitely rough and rocky in places, but we navigated it easily with a mountain bike and a street bike. The grass on each side had just been mown, but there were quite a few branches down on the trail from the two raging storms the previous week. Some nearly blocked the path. The storms were so recent, though, that I think it's reasonable that the 9-mile path had not been yet cleared.
We found one thing confusing. The map in Thorntown references an equestrian trailhead, and there is a sign at one point marking an equestrian entry. Yet, there are signs on each side of every crossing indicating that no horseback riding is allowed. I think it needs to be stated more clearly on the signage what the policy is.
We were on the trail from 1:30 to about 5 p.m. on a Sunday, and we didn't see anyone else until we were almost back to our car at the Menard's trailhead. The solitude was nice, but I'd like to see more people take advantage of this lovely ride!
Nice ride, trail is kinda rough
Rode the trail today, March 20th 2012 started at the Lebanon Trailhead and rode the trail up to Thorntown. The trail has a lot of small gravel, cinder type surface, which makes it a little difficult to ride if you are not used to it. We stopped and ate at the Stookey's Restaurant in Thorntown, the food was very good. Not much in Thorntown, a small IGA and a few places to eat. Not much scenery along the way, we did see a dog, a couple of squirrels though. Otherwise kinda dull ride, 10 miles each way.