Mountain Biking

Call the park at (574) 753-2928 for up to the minute trail closings.....

In the event of heavy precipitation (or melting snow), the trails will be closed to mountain biking.   Check for trail conditions by calling France Park at 1-574-753-2928.

The primarily singletrack trails of France Park wind around quarries, prairies, creeks, and woods.  Mountain bikers can take several different trails that will extend your experience for any length of time, no matter what your skill level may be.    Annually, France Park has hosted 2 different mountain biking events:  "Do Indiana Off Road Series (DINO)" and the Purdue University Cycling Club Event. 

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Pictured Above is one of the creek crossing points during the 2001 DINO Race at France Park.  

France Park Mountain Bikers are required to wear a helmet while riding on the trails. All trail cyclists are also required to sign a liability waiver and get a hand stamp as they enter the park.   The special activity fee to ride at France Park is $7.00. Riders that will be here more often may purchase a "punch card" for $28 that is good for 5 rides- OR a special activity season pass for unlimited rides is $100.


Please notify a park employee about fallen trees or large limbs across trails.

 

IMBA'S RULES OF THE TRAIL

Thousands of miles of dirt trails have been closed to mountain bicyclists. The irresponsible riding habits of a few riders have been a factor. Do your part to maintain trail access by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. IMBA's mission is to promote environmentally sound and socially responsible mountain bicycling.
  • RIDE ON OPEN TRAILS ONLY. Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid possible trespass on private land, obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
  • LEAVE NO TRACE. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Even on open (legal) trails, you should not ride under conditions where you will leave evidence of your passing, such as on certain soils after a rain. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  • CONTROL YOUR BICYCLE! Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.
  • ALWAYS YIELD TRAIL. Make known your approach well in advance. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots.
  • NEVER SPOOK ANIMALS. All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
  • PLAN AHEAD. Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden or offense to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

DINO Race 

Held at France Park

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Pictured above are photos at the park of a DINO Series Mountain Bike Race.

Links:                                                                                
International Mountain Biking Association
Dirt Rag Magazine
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Great Outdoors Mountain Biking
Biking in Indiana