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 Midwest Trail Ride  
Norman , IN  (Weather)

Number of Trails:  80  Total Mileage:  120 Difficulty:  More Difficult Trail Rating:   Not Rated  Camp Rating:   Not Rated  

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Trail Description: Enjoy immediate access to 45 miles of well marked trails in the Hickory Ridge trail system. Just a short ride to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area where there is another 35 miles of trails. There is TWO HOURS of riding on our "special use" permit trails where you DO NOT have to have a permit bridle tag. These trails will take you to some of the most beautiful scenery that Indiana has to offer. You can ride to lake Monroe for a swim, ride to "Lost Cabin Pass" for dinner (only on special events), ride to the Log Church on trail 10. We can get you a guide and set up a customized trail adventure just for YOU. (get with Kim about that). You will need to purchase "Bridle Tags" to ride in the Hoosier National Forest. You may buy them on site at the MTR Outpost Store. The forest is made up of diverse stands of hardwoods and pine forests that grace the hills and valleys of the Hoosier landscape. Trails are scenic and gently rolling; set up with switch backs on the steep parts. Trails are well marked and maps are easy to read; anyone can easily navigate them alone. YOU DO NOT NEED A GUIDE AND WE DO NOT REQUIRE ONE. However, they are available on the organized rides for new riders; experienced riders may just take a map and ride on your own. :) Spring is a great time to visit the forest, as it is painted with pink and white blossoms of redbud and dogwood. Wildflowers add to the dance of color throughout spring, summer and fall. Autumn colors are even more spectacular; reds, golds, russets and browns greet you at every turn. Oct 10th is about peak season in the Hoosier for the most color in the fall. That falls on our 4-day Fall Fling; a 4-day organized ride that includeds meals, a band, a poker ride and other fun activities.       
Best Time to Visit: April, May, June and Sept., Oct are the very best times!
Times to avoid: Late July & August can be hot and humid; closed in Winter.
Campground : Midwest Trail Ride has 108 electric and water campsites, 13 cabins and 375 horse stalls. They are open every day from April to November for open camping, organized rides, group rides, and overnight guided rides to Story, In. Office hours for reservations in summer are: Mon - Wed 9:00am - 5:00pm, Thurs 8 - 8, Friday 8 - 9, Sundays 8:00am - 3:00pm. MTR Outpost store hours are the same. Our tack store carries raingear, saddlebags, trail bridles, easy boots and many other things specialized to horse camping and trail riding. We TRY to have a farrier available or "on call" for our customer's convenience. The Rusty Spur Dining Hall is open for breakfast Friday, Saturdays and Sundays; 7:00 – 10:00 am. We cook with fresh, whole foods when possible; and also practice gluten free and buy organic when possible. There is a very wide creek that borders the campground for wading, splashing around on horseback and taking pictures. Nice and cool to sit in the shade of the creek when it is hot. There are 10 shower stalls on each side (Men's and Women's) with modern flush toilets. Shower house is cleaned and bleached each week. There are 13 cabins all of which have elec, A/C, heat, and beds with mattresses. Our cabins are sleeping quarters only, no running water. You will need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags, pillows). See Lodging on our website for pictures and more info. Stalls are 8X8 covered and water is only 20 feet away. Stalls are all right behind your campsites so you are always very close to your horse. See our website for pictures. We have a large field with round pens for lunging horses and practicing the obstacle course. (Arena is planned for this area in the future.) (Total of 108 sites)
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities:Operated by:Contact:Additional Information:
Elect, Water, Lodging, Shower Stalls, Water, Kim and Jeff Humphries
(Click on name for website)
  (812) 834-6686
1264 Hunters Creek Road
NormanIN  47264
Ride@midwesttrailride.com
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812-834-6686
Directions: Do not use your GPS to find us!! We are located just off Hwy 446 just south of Bloomington Indiana and St. Rd 46. OR, we are 8 miles north of Rt. 50 just off Hwy 446 near Heltonville Indiana. We are located in Lawrence County Indiana, but our mailing address is in Norman, IN (Jackson County address). See coordinated below if you are traveling with a GPS. :) 

This information was provided by: Kimatmtr on 11/29/2005 2:05:10 PM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)