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State Parks & Reservoirs > Parks & Reservoirs > Redbird State Recreation Area Redbird State Recreation Area

Redbird State Recreation Area

15298 W County Road 350 N
Linton, IN 47441
(812) 847-0146 (Main)
(812) 847-9172 (Gatehouse)
(812) 562-0103 (ORV Program Manager)

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Important Notice!
All ORV vehicles must be registered or street legal (licensed). Please review the Indiana ORV web site to determine if you are properly registered as defined by Indiana Code. This is particularly important for out of state vehicles – a trail permit and a registration are not the same. Click here for ORV registration information.

Redbird has grown from a property that was primarily used for off-road vehicle recreation to a true recreation area. Redbird is now open for both motorized and non-motorized recreation.

History
Named after the Redbird Coal Mine, the property is approximately 1400 acres of former surface and underground coal mine land. Its unique history has given us both treasures and challenges. Miles of trails for all skill levels lure ORV enthusiasts to the property and reward them with rich and diverse experiences. From gentle slopes to the technically difficult, it can be found at Redbird. The mining operations also left us with a property that has required extensive reclamation efforts that continue today, and will continue into the future. Several acres within Redbird are highly sensitive and require visitors to be ever respectful and aware of the land. Fortunately, these challenges heighten our awareness of the need for trails that thrill our visitors and give us the opportunity to provide diverse recreation opportunities.

In addition to the miles of off-road vehicle trails, there are easily accessed quality fishing lakes, hiking is allowed over most of the property, mushrooming is a favorite activity, and mountain bikes are welcome. As reclamation projects are completed more areas will be opened and non-motorized trails will be built. Plans for the future include picnic areas, handicap accessible walking and biking trails, and interpretive areas that tell about the coal mining operations and subsequent reclamation.

Whether you are wandering through thick wooded acres or traversing challenging hills and ravines you’ll be tired and satisfied by the end of the day.

Hours of Operation

Months Days Hours
October - March* Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April - September Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Trails close 30 minutes before property gates close.
*Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Closed all State holidays that fall on Wednesday or Thursday.
Hours of operation can change without notice. Redbird does have limited hours of operation and motorized trails may be closed due to hazardous conditions. Please call 812-847-9172 or 812-847-0146 for current hours of operation.

Redbird Master Plan

ACTIVITIES

ORV Special Events

Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the Night Rides put on by the Redbird Foundation have been indefinitely postponed.

If you are interested in having a special event at Redbird, contact Carman Jackson.

Entrance Fees

For non-motorized recreation all normal DNR park rates and fees apply. Annual (park) entrance permits are accepted at Redbird SRA.

Click here to view rates and fees.

The motorized trail use fee is $10.00 per vehicle that will use the motorized trails. For example, a truck hauling four ATV’s will be charged $40.00. This fee includes the normal daily gate entrance.
Fees are subject to change.

Discount Motorized Trail Use Permits are available at the Redbird SRA gate or DNR Customer Service Center. These permits are 10 daily trail uses for $75, a $25 savings, and do not expire.

ORV (Off-Road Vehicle) Registrations Required

All ORV vehicles must be registered or street legal (licensed). Please review the Indiana ORV web site to determine if you are properly registered as defined by Indiana Code. This is particularly important for out of state vehicles – a trail permit and a registration are not the same.Click here for ORV registration information and a registration application.

TRAILS

Please see the property map for a list of all trails.

PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS.

GALLERY

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