This trail was not at all as I expected, but so worth it. Hiked/Ran the full loop with all 6 expert routes, and I can see why this trail is graded hard. It was a true workout with several hill climbs. Passed only one other hiker and no bikers, but the parking lot was full of cars by the time we finished the hike. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Well-marked and shaded the majority of the time. As others have indicated, bring bug spray.

This is really a mountain biker’s trail. Not a hiking trail. There is a turn every 10 yards or less. Not ideal hiking.
If you go, take your bug spray. It is pretty dense woods.

trail running
3 months ago

I have been running there to train for a Spartan race .It's a good challenge.

Trail was fun. Lots of walking bridges and steep hills. Mainly made for mountain biking however was a fun hike as well. Stuck to the expert trails for the most interesting sights.

It was a great day hike!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free parking. No bathroom. For the first and probably last .5/mile you are hiking close to road so you hear a lot of traffic. Very swampy, so put on bug spray. It's not a really scenic hike but it is challenging. I was hiking with my dog so stayed on the intermediate trails when they split. The whole hike was VERY well marked and nearly impossible to lose your way. Taking the intermediate trails, the hike is just under 3 miles.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wasn't expecting much, but it was a cool trail. We were training for our Out West hike coming up and the constant up and down was good for that. Only thing is you have to be wary of mountain bikers. I think we hikers annoy them.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I used to hike here a lot. Lots of shade in most areas and many different obstacles. Lots of fun, and free.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Follow the expert trail markers for a good workout. Mosquitos were pretty bad due to all the rain, but a good bug spray will take care of it. Didn't see a single hiker or biker.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great trail, I rode the beginner trail 3 times. I think this trail has a great view.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I live at the northern edge of the preserve. I walk my dogs often in the woods, and sometimes have problems with bikers coming around curves on the trails and not seeing us. Dogs and fast moving bikes don't mix well! I am looking into maybe setting up some trails just for hiking and walking dogs. I guess the first stop should be city hall to find out what it's going to take to make it happen. Any thoughts on this??

Thursday, March 16, 2017

plan to be there all day. it will work on you body if your losing weight

Friday, February 24, 2017

It is a lot bigger than you would think just by looking at the parking lot. Great little walk through, and for bird watching in the spring out by the north meadow. Great bike trails but use with extreme caution.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This was our first hike of 2017 and in February no less. We did the expert trail and enjoyed it alot. Met a few bikers who were courteous and let us know they were behind us and a jogger that didn't and scared the bejesus out of us. Bikers thank you. We have hiked several places in Southern Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee and this trail is a comparable workout. We are glad we took the time to do it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

RNP has 3 loops; Novice, Intermediate, and Expert. Novice is smooth, fast, and flowing. Intermediate is narrow with a few natural obstacles. Expert is tighter, slower, and loaded with obtacles such as suspension bridge, elevated trail, gap jump, teeter totter, etc. All trails are single track and one direction (counterclockwise like a racetrack).
Novice = 2miles
Intermediate = 3.2miles
Expert = 6.4miles
Complete info here:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great place to hike. Lots of up and down and cute bridges for bikers that are kind of fun. Bring a walking stick lots of steep down hills.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fairly rugged hike. Very nice wooded trail with many ups and downs. Two deer had their naps interrupted.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's more for bikes. A lot of up and down hills. Perfect to bike but pretty hard and kind of dangerous on foot. We almost got run over by a bike one time. We were the only hikers. GREAT WORKOUT that's for sure!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very neat trial. Makes me want to get a mountain bike.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Just did the beginner trail today because my 10 year old was with us and this was his first time mountain biking. We all loved it and are looking forward to going back on a cooler day to do more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This trail was fun for me to hike... I took the first few 'expert' trails on the loop and it definitely got my heart pumping with going up and down. I'll be back to tackle all of the expert trails on the loop.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Technical, fun, long. Great trail. I would recommend new riders stick to the beginner and intermediate trails to avoid walking a lot of sections.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

The place is great, but over the years it's becoming very neglected and becoming less enjoyable.

Monday, August 10, 2015

This is a great trail for mountain biking but not so much for hiking. it felt more like an obstacle course with steep inclines, declines and bike ramps plus the length is just over 6 miles if you take the expert route. it was a nice workout but not very scenic. and don't forget the bug spray, the mosquitos are atrocious.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Fantastic trails here for everyone. There are 3 different loops, or branches off the loop, for the different skill levels. There are beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. The beginner trail is a loop with nice rolling hills and a couple quick ups but nothing really challenging. The intermediate adds some more hills and a few man made features but is still fairly easy if you have been mountain biking for very long but the expert trail is absolutely awesome! It has many man made features, gap jumps, about an 8' drop if done correctly or 14' if you overshoot the landing! There are many plank bridges that have an unforgiving fall if you don't make it, and other very challenging obstacles. Not a trail for the inexperienced or faint at heart!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My mom and I took a hybrid of the intermediate and expert paths and found it a great place for a hike! Lots of birds to find and listen to! Wish we would have brought our dog!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Love this single track real fun and challenging and there is a tree that will get most of the aggressive riders I've nailed my shoulder on it several times

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This is a great loop for mountain biking in the Muncie/Anderson area

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