The Birdseye Trail is an approximately 11.8 mile-long multiple-use trail allowing hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The shaded trails go through a variety of terrain a scenic hardwood forest.
Directions: From I-64 (approx. 40 miles west of Louisville), take Hwy 145 North apx. six miles to Birdseye. Turn right (east) onto the gravel road that is south of the railroad tracks and follow it approx. 1 mile. Then turn right (south) at the “T” intersection onto the road with a gate. Park and start at the gate.
Length: Approx. 11.8 miles
Trail Type: Single Track & Fire roads
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Description: The trail consists of two linked loops: a six-mile fire road loop that is better for beginners, and a six-mile single track loop (marked by small blue arrows) that is more challenging. As the trail winds through hardwood forest, pine forest, and meadows, there are some steep, technical climbs, some rocky sections, a stream crossing, and long, rolling hills. Along the way are creeks, a lake, old homesteads, and a cemetery. The dense brush can offer an added challenge when the trail gets overgrown in the summer months. Also, watch out for wildlife (and hunters during hunting season).
(Use fees apply for horse riders and mountain bikers. Annual and day-use permits are available from Hoosier National Forest offices and several local vendors. For more info visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/hoosier/passes-permits/recreation )