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WTF Bikexplorer Ride Series: Hoosier National Forest, IN

  • Hardin Ridge Recreation Area 6464 Hardin Ridge Road Heltonville, IN, 47436 United States (map)

This 3-day ride in Hoosier National Forest, located on Piankeshaw and Shawnee lands, will allow riders to choose their own adventure, selecting between short and moderate daily routes. This laid-back trip (its ok to leave your cycling kit at home) is for those who want to cruise into fall experiencing serene hardwood forests and local wildlife. The majority of the ride will take place on mixed surface roads with rolling hills and the occasional larger climb/descent. For those wanting to add some extra miles to their trip, additional suggested loops will be available out of each campsite. We are all about camp vibes on this trip so feel free to bring your banjo or favorite campfire recipe. After riding around the national forest’s northern corridor, the trip back to our vehicles will include a stop at one of Monroe Lake’s many beaches. We will be using established backcountry campsites with limited access to potable water, bathroom facilities, and trash receptacles. A car with water and emergency supplies will be parked near the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower during the ride. Attendees agree to follow the WTF Bikexplorers' Guiding Principals (

What does WTF mean?
This bikepacking trip is intended only for individuals who identify as one (or more) of the following: woman, trans, non-binary, or femme.

What is bikepacking?
It is a form of bicycle touring that often involves riding on remote and sometimes rough terrain.

What if 30 miles per day is too much due to my skill/ability/etc?
We will have a shorter route posted soon that follows the main route but is closer to 8-10 miles per day. Both rides will also be no drop meaning that no one is left behind.

I would love to do this, but I don’t have the gear/bike/etc. Send us a message and we will see if we can make it happen!

Go to for more info about the grassroots movement, other rides, the WTF Bikexplorers Summit, and additional info.

Ride With GPS Route info:

Later Event: October 12
ROJR (Ride On Jeremy's Ride)