The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it’s closing Redbird State Riding Area temporarily in 2019 to make some major improvements to the facility. We’re very excited to hear about the investment that is being made in Redbird SRA that will include new trails, major trail repair and reroutes, and paved access from County Road 350 N to Whitetail Shelter. These upgrades are a positive for the future of the facility.
Due to the timing of the construction, we will not be hosting Hi-Lift® Trail Fest for 2019. The construction timeframe is set from spring to early fall, but the completion date will be greatly affected by weather during the construction phase. Hi-Lift® Trail Fest will return in 2020 bigger and better than ever to a greatly improved Redbird SRA!!
Press Release Details from the DNR:
Major upgrades and overhauls are coming to Redbird State Recreation Area, which became the DNR’s first property for off-road vehicle (ORV) nearly 15 years ago. Improvements include new trails, major trail repair and reroutes, and paved access from County Road 350 N to Whitetail Shelter. Because of the paving project, Redbird will be closed to the public from spring to early fall of 2019. Actual dates will be announced closer to construction time. The goal is to complete the project in one phase, which helps reduce total cost and keeps trail closures to a minimum. “We are responding to concerns expressed by members of the off-roading community about access to the most commonly used trails and event sites,” property manager Carman Jackson said. “The interior paving project will set the stage for future development and enhancements.” While Redbird is closed, property staff will add approximately 5 miles of new dirt bike trail, reroute trails 0 and 3 to avoid conflict with traffic on the new pavement, and rebuild multiple trails that sustained damage during the wet 2018 season. Staff will also add amenities such as trail-side rest areas at scenic vistas.
Other plans include increasing signage and adding new trail designations to help visitors better navigate the property and avoid areas beyond their skill level. Jackson says the projects will not adversely affect features that are visitor favorites, but will improve parking and dust control at Power Line Hill and Whitetail Shelter. While Redbird is being worked on, ORV enthusiasts may want to explore the DNR’s other ORV riding property, Interlake SRA, just over an hour south, near Lynnville. Interlake offers 3,500 acres and more than 100 miles of ORV trails. F