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About an hour and a half from Indianapolis and under 4-hours from this living in Chicago or Saint Louis, Redbird State Recreation area can provide a thrilling weekend for those looking to challenge their offroad and 4x4 skills. Redbird #3 Green is a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail that meanders its way through a beautiful hardwood forest and presents mild to wild driving options for either the new or seasoned driver.
Route Finding and Path
Redbird #3 Green is a combination of trails 3, 14, and 21. While this trail guide depicts the trail starting in the west and running clockwise, you can drive it in either direction. This route will intermingle with several other trails and generally moves around what is known as the "challenge areas." You will feel like you are driving through a maze of trails, and field navigation by sign alone is challenging. Field signage may or may not be intact when driving the trail, and following the route utilizing the Trails Offroad app is highly recommended.
The route is almost entirely dirt, with tight winding areas through trees and up and down small hills. Passing oncoming traffic on some sections will not be feasible. When dry, this is a simple and easy-to-drive trail. When wet, the trail turns to slick mud. There are shallow-standing mudholes, and when it is wet out, this trail could prove much more challenging simply due to traction issues. Traction is the difference maker, as there are no notable obstacles.
Vehicle and Equipment Recommendations
The trail is suitable for any high-clearance vehicles with 4-low and great for beginners and seasoned alike. All-terrain tires are recommended at a minimum, but mud-terrains are preferable simply for traction purposes. Full-size pickup trucks would struggle in some locations.
While the Park depicts this as a green trail, green is not the color used by Trails Offroad. Our 3 rated trails use orange on our 10-point rating scale. The Park describes its map colors as follows: Green = Beginner Level, Easiest Blue = Intermediate Level, More Difficult Black = Advanced Level, Most Difficult Red = Expert Level, Extremely DIfficult
Open Hours, Permits, Ammentities
You can wheel from dawn to dusk, but the Park's fee station is open from 9 am - 7 pm April through September and 9 am to 5 pm October through March. When you arrive, a park office offers a drive-up window to pay for your pass. The pass must be displayed. The Park has several large picnic/pavilion areas for grilling food and gathering and vault toilets towards the north end of the main paved road. There are plenty of parking lots to air down and air up,
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