The Trees Trail Challenge is held annually at Franke Park behind the Fort Wayne's Children's Zoo. The Franke Park trails are considered to offer some of the best, most beautiful and most technical single-track mountain biking in Northern Indiana. These multi-use trails are not only frequented by the Mountain Bike (MTB) community - but runners, cross country teams, hikers and families enjoy these trails every day, year round.
For 2020 - A full course description with maps, directions, landmarks and information will be provided via email and on this site prior to race weekend.
Franke Park Trail System
The Franke Park Trail System is a series of multi-use trails open to bikes, runners and walkers alike (no equestrian access). The trail is frequented by everyone from endurance athletes to cross country teams to dog walkers to bird watchers year-round. The proximity of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Follinger Theatre and Franke Park (picnicking, playgrounds and pavilions) makes it an ideal spot to enjoy a hike of nearly any distance and challenge level, with the thick canopy and colors offering a beautiful experience with nature.
While pedestrians and runners are free to take any path they prefer, bikes should always follow the course markings. The trail system is marked as a mountain bike course in three loops (East, Mid and West) with the primary main trail always marked with Green (beginner) directional arrows. Yellow (intermediate) and Red (expert) sections are always "spur" segments off of the Green primary trail. (Taking a Yellow segment, for instance, will always return you to the Green primary trail.)
We hope you will join us and enjoy these beautiful trails during the fall color change and return to them many times to come, on bike or on foot.