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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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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
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.

Entrance Fees

Entrance Type Fee Comment
Motorized (Off-Road) Trail Use
Daily ORV Trail Use $10 Per ORV; includes entrance to property
Annual ORV Trail Use Permit $75 Per ORV; unlimited trail use
Out-of-State ORV Trail Use Permit $20 Per ORV; for non-registered out-of-state ORVs only
In-State Daily $7 Per vehicle
Out-of-State Daily $9 Per vehicle
Entering as pedestrian, bicycle or horseback $2 Per person
Daily Horse Permit $5 Per horse, required
Annual Horse Tag $20 Per horse, required
Annual (Park) Entrance Permit $50 Per vehicle; accepted at Interlake & Redbird SRAs
Non-Resident Annual Permit $70 Per vehicle
Golden Hoosier Permit $25 Persons at least 65 years or resident eligible for Social Security disability payments under 42 U.S. C. 401 (proof of eligibility must be presented at time of purchase and disabled individual must be present in the vehicle at time of use). Indiana residents who qualify for a DAV1 or DAV2 license plate regardless of age, and who present a completed form 32584 (Certificate of Eligibility for Veteran License Plates) at time of purchase.

NOTE: Visitors with multiple ORVs may use a combination of an annual motorized trail use permit(s) and payment. For example, a group of four ORVs could present one annual permit and pay $30 for the remaining ORVs. Fees are subject to change.

Redbird Master Plan

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


ORV Special Events

Hi-Lift Trail Day: Aug. 20, for more information see

Night Ride and Haunted Trails, Oct. 22-23. The Redbird Foundation will host a family friendly Haunted Trails adventure including Trunk or Treat at Whitetail Shelter on Oct. 22 from 6-11 p.m. Cost is $10 per ORV. Trails will be easy enough for any stock vehicle to traverse.

The evening will continue with a night ride for all ORVs. Redbird will remain open from 6 p.m. Oct 22 until 5 p.m. Oct 23 for a true all-night ride. Cost is $20 per ORV. Come on out for an evening of spooking good fun.

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


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