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Old 06-21-14, 08:03 AM   #1
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Tunnel Hill State Trail questions

I have to make a trip down to the southwest tip of Indiana next week, and saw on a trail map that the Tunnel Hill trail isn't all that far from where I'll be (E'ville). So I'm thinking about taking my bike along, spend the night in E'ville and then drive over to Harrisburg in the morning to do some riding before heading home. From the pictures I've seen online, it looks like a very nice trail (especially the tunnel itself), but I do have a couple of questions for anyone who has ridden it....

Is it flat or hilly? Can't really tell by the pictures. Up here in northern Indiana, I pretty much stick to flat land (but then again, that's pretty much all we have in northwest IN LOL), so I'd like to be prepared ahead of times if the trail is somewhat up and down.

Another question is, is it paved all the way from Harrisburg to Vienna? The traillink.com website says it's concrete and crushed stone, but doesn't give much information about the areas that are stone. It does say that the "route in Harrisburg becomes a mix of crushed stone and concrete, ending at the trailhead on the north side of town." Is that the only stretch of crushed stone I'd have to worry about?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

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I rode a section of the Tunnel Hill trail from Vienna to New Burnside this spring. I really enjoyed the ride and hope to get back down there in the fall. That portion of the trail was crushed stone. A lot of the trails I ride are crushed limestone and I felt this trail may have had slightly more rolling resistance, but it really wasn't bad. There was a very short section southwest of New Burnside that appeared to have washed out and was repaired with coarser gravel.

I wouldn't describe the trail as hilly, but there are long stretches were there is a gradual change in elevation. As I recall, the tunnel is at the highest elevation for the trail. Riding through the tunnel was an interesting experience. As I first approached it, it appeared to be fairly short. I thought riding through was going to be easy. Once I got a ways into the tunnel though, everything was dark and invisible except for the end of the tunnel. It was somewhat disorientating, almost like riding the bike with your eyes closed. I was able to ride through though and didn't need a flashlight.

Following is a link to a video of that section of trail: Tunnel Hill Trail - Day Two on Vimeo

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I rode a section of the Tunnel Hill trail from Vienna to New Burnside this spring. I really enjoyed the ride and hope to get back down there in the fall. That portion of the trail was crushed stone. A lot of the trails I ride are crushed limestone and I felt this trail may have had slightly more rolling resistance, but it really wasn't bad. There was a very short section southwest of New Burnside that appeared to have washed out and was repaired with coarser gravel.

I wouldn't describe the trail as hilly, but there are long stretches were there is a gradual change in elevation. As I recall, the tunnel is at the highest elevation for the trail. Riding through the tunnel was an interesting experience. As I first approached it, it appeared to be fairly short. I thought riding through was going to be easy. Once I got a ways into the tunnel though, everything was dark and invisible except for the end of the tunnel. It was somewhat disorientating, almost like riding the bike with your eyes closed. I was able to ride through though and didn't need a flashlight.

Following is a link to a video of that section of trail: Tunnel Hill Trail - Day Two on Vimeo

Hope this information helps.
It help a lot. Thank you for the reply. I appreciate it.

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Well, my trip was cancelled , so I'll have to try the trail another time. I may be headed that way in August (not sure yet), so if so I'll give it a shot then.

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