This counter-clockwise loop begins at the beach area on the north side of Worster Lake and climbs north for a gentle warm-up toward a 6.6-mile loop. This fast, flowing singletrack is great for beginners, but a few technical challenges—a rock bridge at mile 0.25 and a “baby head boulder” rock garden—might have true beginners occasionally walking. The trail flows through woods, past a few open fields (watch for deer!), under a wind-snapped tree (watch your head!) and down a steep, 10-foot armored drop before the trail’s only doubletrack section and a 100 foot gravel bridge.
The loop’s northernmost portion is an easy dirt track that whoop-di-doos through mature maple, oak, and hickory, and then skirts another field before turning south toward the campground and another trail drop-in. A gently sloping half-mile downhill leads back to the beginning of the loop where you can opt-in for another round, or roll slap-happy back to the parking lot.
-Mapped by Potato Creek State Park
TO TRAILHEAD: Drive 5-miles south of downtown South Bend on US-31 and turn right onto IN-4. Follow IN-4 4.7 miles before turning right into Potato Creek State Park. The road changes names several times as it winds 0.8 miles to a Y-junction on the north side of Worster Lake. Veer right at the Y-junction and continue 0.4 miles to the beach area parking lot.