Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway

Indiana

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway Facts

States: Indiana
Counties: Lawrence
Length: 10.3 miles
Trail end points: L Street (Bedford) and Dam Road (Williams)
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8184118
Trail activites: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway Description

The Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway will one day stretch 20 miles through southwestern Indiana from Bedford to Indian Springs. The region’s rural beauty will be showcased along the way with limestone rock cuts, shady tree canopies, wildflowers, and numerous creek crossings.

The rail-trail follows the route of the former Milwaukee Road Railroad and, as of October 2014, more than 5 miles of its crushed limestone path are now open from Bedford to Coxton Road in Lawrence County. Future phases will continue to push the trail west into Martin County.

Parking and Trail Access

The main trailhead can be found at U Street in Bedford on the eastern end of the trail.

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway Reviews

I started at U Street trailhead (the only parking that I am aware of) on a hybrid 15-speed. I think that this is the perfect bike for the trail. Skinny street tires might not do so well in the gravel. The gravel is very small and well packed though. There was a port-a-john at U Street and at Cockston Rd. I rode about 55 minutes, and turned around just past a new covered bridge. The steepest portion was from Cockston Rd, headed away from Bedford. Riding it in the highest gear, I got a good burn going. The trail is very scenic, with rock outcroppings, woodlands, farm fields, etc. I saw one deer, and several rabbits. Do take water, as there is none on the trail. This trail has a five-star potential. It was a little weedy as I got further from Bedford, and a large tree had fallen across it at one point. I look forward to riding this again, and to seeing the future extensions opened.

Biked from U street to Dams Rd. a bit father than 10 miles and then back to U street. We rode our mountain bikes and they handled the gravel easily. I didn't see any fresh water sources until the small market at the end so carry water as needed. There is at least one porta potty on the trail but the U street trail head sits very close to town with ample fast food places so you can easily make a pitstop before hitting the trail. Once on the trail we had a thunder storm blow through and took shelter under an overpass. Colorful flowers lined the path. It is obvious this trail is well maintained. The trail is quite an easy ride even stopping to take photos and snack we made the round trip in well under 2 hours. There is a lovely little covered bridge near the end and it was decorated with American flags and bows that was beautiful to see. The ride out from U street seems to be a bit more of a slight grade than the way back so it is even easier to make time heading home. It appears they are lengthening the trail as there are orange construction fences and barrels at the end blocking off what seems to be the next section. I can't wait to see what the trail will be like beyond when it is finished! I'm hoping for another 10 or 20 mile addition which would make this even more worth the 2 hour drive from home ( with all the construction :( on 37 )

Gravel path handled our thin tire bikes easily. They built a brand new covered bridge. It was all dressed up for July 4th celebration. The low gradient hills were just the right challenge. Sure glad we had gear shift bikes. At the end of the round trip 20 miles, our tungues were hanging out. Nice country store at the farthest point away fron Bedford. Bedford had a BBQ cook off downtown. We had BBQ for lunch. About three and one half hours to do the 20 miles.

Accordion

I use the trail 2-3 times/week for running and occasionally biking. First section from U Street goes 5 miles before crossing Coxton Rd. Very safe and scenic. See lots of wildlife on days without heavy use (when others stay indoors). Large red fox on the trail today and deer are common in the fall and winter. Many red ringed snakes, common water snakes and occasionally I see turtles. Great for ride from U Street to Williams and back for a total of 20 miles. Bait shop at Williams Dam to get snacks.

surprisingly good ride; a local told me it's rather new, so it made sense that several overpasses of the western half weren't finished. decks were in place, but no railings as of late april '16, so be sure to head out while sober that way for a while.

my 32c tire grip got quite loose on the cinders several times when i drifted into the middle; i recommend bleeding 700 tires down to 60psi or simply taking a mountain bike. pitch of the trail varied a lot for a rail trail, up to 3% maybe, and after riding end to end and back, i was beat. friendly people all along the way, but cattle far outnumbered humans as could be expected. the trail paralleled creeks/riverbeds much more than it did roadways, so the peace and quiet was the best feature.

I currently ride MTB and Road bike. But,,, looking to explore some NEW biking adventures this year. I stumbled upon the Milwaukee Trail. Not knowing what to expect, I brought my MTB for this ride. Very surprised at how well the trail rode with crushed stone. I started at the Lincoln Ave. & 10th St. TH & rode to the other end which is at the Williams Dam. It's was a cool day of 50° (2/27/16) when I rode. There was several walkers and joggers in between Lincoln & 10th St. to Coxton Rd. THs. But, from Coxton to Williams Dam. pretty much had the trail to myself except for a few cyclist on my way back. I'd say you could easily ride this trail on a Hybrid and possibly a road bike with a bit wider tire than a true Skinny slick without TOO much difficulty. I love about 25 miles from Bedford. So, I'll be making several trips over here as I'm wanting to work up to riding the Katy trail and the Great Allegheny Pass this summer. This was a great 21.5 mile Out & Back experience for me. Go give it a ride !!!

This trail has huge potential, I hope the city of Bedford and the county continue to fund this trail as it will become a 5star trail. Once it's complete and some other things are cleaned up (such as; signage, condition of trail for first half mile, parking and some weed growth) but for now it's a 3 star

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trail has tremendous potential. With some improvements along the way such as parking, signage and some trail path TLC leaving Bedford once it's complete its going to be an outstanding rail-trail. Hope Bedford and the county continues to develop this gem. 3 stars now but expecting 5 stars by this time next year

Weather cooperated for a late afternoon ride. Took some effort to find the trail head and parking is limited to residential streets. Trail has some loose gravel which really added to our work out but the swanky was fabulous. Ko

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