Redbird State Recreation Area – Off Road for Everyone | Indiana DNR

Redbird State Recreation Area – Off Road for Everyone | Indiana DNR


[Chris] I’ve been riding since I was four.
I like it because it gives me opportunities to do something with my dad and I have friends
that race and friends that watch me and it makes me feel cool thinking that my dad is
racing too. [Tim] I started riding when I was probably
seven or eight years old. My father and I were at a yard sale and they had a broken
down mini-bike and I thought that would be neat. And I was fortunate enough to convince
my father to take this mini-bike home in a box of parts. We found out that, you know,
that riding mini-bikes and dirt bikes together – it was a family event. We could do it together.
We could ride in the evenings or ride on the weekends and in winter time you could work
on your motorcycle and get it ready for the next summer to ride. So it was not only something
we could ride together, we could also spend time in the garage together. As you grow up,
I mean obviously you learn respect for the machine. You can’t just give it all throttle
and expect to go anywhere you want to go. I also learned that as I was growing up that
if I wanted a new dirt bike that I needed to figure out how to work around the house
or how to have hobbies or other things that would allow me to help pay for that. Riding
with Chris, he and I – it’s time for me to be a kid again. It’s time for me to go back
to when I was his age and have fun and do it with Chris. When we ride together it’s
relaxing at the same time, but yet it’s good physical conditioning. It’s wonderful family
time. You know we can go over and picnic, mom can make a picnic. We can go over, we
can all ride with the new side-by-sides now – mom enjoys it. It’s comfortable and you
don’t have to be a skilled rider to enjoy and go out and spend the day riding off-road.
Or in the jeep, she enjoys riding in the jeep with us also. We’re so fortunate that the
state of Indiana has taken the initiative to offer these parks, many states haven’t
done that. In Indiana, we have the Redbird state riding area which we really enjoy and
it’s in Dugger, Indiana, which for us, it’s eight miles away. The other property that
has a completely different personality is the Interlake riding area and that’s near
Spurgeon, Indiana. You can ride dirt bikes, four-wheelers, side-by-sides, jeeps, full-sized
trucks, and dedicated rock-crawlers. So there are really trails for all types of vehicles
in our states and they’re all types of different levels. A person can drive in in their regular
street vehicle that’s four-wheel drive and there are easy trails for them – they can
see almost all of the property in a stock four-wheel drive vehicle. [Chris] I love the rock garden and I love
the power lines, that’s like my favorite place to go. You can see people climb, you can see
people go down, you can see people climb rocks. [Tim] As a whole the off-road community understands
that the protection of our land is very, very important. Because if it’s not protected we’re
not going to have it to ride on. These areas were mined prior to mines having to reclaim
them. So, I guess for lack of a better term, what they’ve done is a form of recycling as
such. They have re-purposed these grounds that years ago were used for coal mines and
then laid to waste basically. They have re-purposed these to become state off-road riding areas. [Chris] I think you should go riding because
it’s something that you can take a risk and you can just go free.

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