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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Outdoor Recreation > Properties > 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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Notice: Exciting changes are coming for our off-road visitors.

July 1 will be the unveiling of a new Annual Out-Of-State Motorized

Trail Use permit. The permit (decal) will allow non-registered out-of-state off-road vehicles (ORVs) to be driven on the trails at both Interlake and Redbird SRAs. It is specific to individual ORVs and our DNR properties. It does NOT allow on-road use in Indiana.

The cost of the annual permit will be $20 per ORV. Any Out-Of-State Motorized Trail Use permit purchased in 2016 will be valid until Dec. 31, 2017.

July 1 will also mark the transition of the current motorized trail use discount card to an Annual Motorized Trail Use permit. These annual permits will allow unlimited motorized trail use at both Interlake and Redbird SRAs. The cost of the annual permit will be $75. The permits are per individual. An Annual Motorized Trail Use permit purchased in 2016 will be valid until Dec. 31, 2017.

All previously purchased motorized trail use discount cards will be honored.

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

Effective April 1, 2016

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

Trails close 30 minutes before property gates close.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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

For more information about Indiana’s Off-Roading opportunities visit Interlake State Recreation Area.


ORV Special Events

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.

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.


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