I was riding some fairly famous singletrack out West when I came across a couple of locals on a long climb. At the top, we sat on some weathered logs in the shade and chatted for a few minutes. When I mentioned I was visiting from Indiana, I could see their slight, crooked smirks, followed by a barely stifled guffaw and the snide question, “Do you actually have mountain biking in Indiana?”
Yes, we have singletrack in the Hoosier state. Some damn good singletrack, thankyouverymuch. But Indiana isn’t alone in being underappreciated by the national mountain-bike community; there are dozens of other trail networks across the country that you’ll likely never see etched onto someone’s singletrack bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, I love high-profile places like Moab or Kingdom Trails, but there are plenty of other trails that are just as fun or thrilling that might be closer (and cheaper!) summer destinations. Most are IMBA Ride Centers, meaning the organization has recognized them as communities with trails for every level of rider (the bronze, silver, and gold levels denote how closely they get to the full list of requirements), as well as fun spots off the bike. And for that reason, they are all the more awesome. Here are six sweet singletrack spots that deserve more recognition.