Spring Valley Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Trailhead at Springs Valley

This 12.7 mile trail designed for use by hikers, mountain bike riders, and horse back riders offers scenic views of Springs Valley Lake and includes remnants of the buffalo trace. The trail includes an 8.4 mile loop around the lake and then a 4. 3-mile connector trail to County Road 310 W and another trailhead.This trail has several short, steep climbs, a wide tread and is quite scenic. For a longer ride it can be connected via county roads to Youngs Creek Trail.

Click here for a downloadable flier with information and a map on this trail.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: open year round
Permit Info: Horses and mountain bike riders (age 17 years and older) are required to have a permit and stay on trails designated for that type of use. Permits are available from our offices and local vendors.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized travel is not permitted.
Closest Towns: Paoli, IN
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets at recreation area.
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: From Hwy 145: Take Hwy 145 South out of French Lick 6.4 miles and turn left at brown FS sign on Baseline Liberty Road and proceed 4.8 miles to trailhead on left.From Hwy 37: From Hwy 37, south of Paoli turn right on Unionville Road, proceed for 1 mile, turn right at brown FS sign onto County Road 150 S. and proceed 1.1 miles to stop sign and turn left onto County Road 225 W, proceed 2.1 miles to brown FS sign and bear left onto County Road 325 W for 4.9 miles to Springs Valley Trailhead on right side of road. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 38o 28' 41.217"N, Long- 86o 31' 29.131"W

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The Springs Valley Trail is affiliated with the Springs Valley Recreation Area. It is a 12. 7 mile trail designated for use by horseback riders, mountain bike riders, and hikers/backpackers. The trail is moderatly to highly aerobically demanding with several short, steep climbs. It is scenic with frequent lake views. Though the trail is not excessively long, a rider could also connect with the Youngs Creek Trail (also 12.7 miles) via county roads for a longer ride! There is a horse camp at Youngs Creek as well.

Water AvailabilityStreams and Lake
Loading RampNo
Size RestrictionsNo
Hitching RailsYes
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