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For some good riding try Indiana’s Haspin Acres

Haspin Acres in Laurel, Ind., has 750 acres of wooded hills offering lots of fun.

Most of the trails aren’t marked because there are so many of them so not every trail is marked. There are some color-coded arrows with white arrows indicating easy trails, blue indicating moderate trails and orange and red arrows indicating difficult trails.

The facility has a motocross-style track and a 300-foot loose dirt drag strip.

The park is open 365 days a year and advanced registration is required to visit. The admission fee is $20 per person the first day, $15 the second day and $10 the third day. Youth ages 8 to 15 are $10 a day. Kids 7 and younger are free. Spectators who don’t ride are $10 a day. Also, you need to buy a “liability waiver card” for $5.

Those younger than 18 who will ride must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian won’t be with the child, then the waiver must be signed and notarized.

Helmets are required.

Haspin Acres has a restaurant that is open on the weekends. Called The Stone Hearth Grill, it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There is camping available as well as shower and bathroom facilities. If you want to stay at a motel, there are plenty to choose from in Connersville, Ind., which is 9 miles north on Highway 121. Here you will also find a large selection for restaurants along with grocery stores and shopping.

Haspin Acres is about halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati just a little north of Highway 52 in Laurel.

To get there from Indianapolis, take US 74 east for 23 miles, take Indiana 244 east to Andersonville for 21 miles, take US 52 east for 7 miles, take Indiana 121 north for 4 miles to Laurel. Then go right on Laurel Avenue. Once you cross the bridge Haspin is on the right.

The park allows factory SUVs, rail buggies, modified trucks, ATVs, UTVs, quads, side by sides, rock bouncers and dirt bikes.

Contact info: Haspin Acres, 21208 Laurel Road, Laurel, Ind., 47024 (765) 698-2420.