Birdseye Trail


Birdseye Trailhead

Birdseye Trail is an 11.6 mile multiple use trail which allows for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. This trail winds through shady hardwood forests and covers a variety of terrain. Along the way trail users pass a lake, creeks, a variety of forest types, old homesteads, and a cemetary.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Segments of the trail are closed for forest management activities. The rest of the Birdseye Trail remains open.
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.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles allowed on this trail.
Closest Towns: Birdseye, IN
Water: Water may be available for livestock (not potable for humans), but bringing water is recommended.
Restroom: none
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information


From Ind. 64 take South Anderson Creek Road. Bear right onto Governors Trace to the trailhead on the left.  Watch for horse crossing signs.

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