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Skull Buster MTB Trails

Location: About 25 miles north of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. General info: Several loops totaling around 12 miles of riding on 800 +/- acres of county land. Easy to do shorter or longer rides, depending on how you connect trail sections. The trails are all old- school singletrack and every inch is a blast to ride. The soil is a bit slow to drain and dry. There are some fall-line sections where erosion is setting in. Removal of downed trees and other trail maintenance gets done, although it sometimes takes a while. I’m sure the volunteer base maintaining these trails would welcome your assistance. You can check with the Bluegrass chapter of KyMBA (Kentucky Mountain Bike Assn.) for more info. Parking: Limited parking in a field on Stockdell Road near its intersection with Skinnersburg Road. The field is mowed and parts have gravel but is otherwise unimproved. Room for maybe a dozen vehicles. The name: Folklore says that after a local flood, several churches and other buildings had their floors raised…but not their door openings. The result was unexpected low clearance in doorways and a high likelihood of knocking one’s head. Hence the area became “skull buster.” Church: The church you can see from the parking area is Corinth Christian Church. It is non- denominational. It’s a Gospel-centered country church where discussion ranges from the selfishness of Jonah to the condition of members’ gardens. Good church; good people. Here are links to their website and Facebook page. Images: I ride here a couple of times each year and have put together a Skull Buster album on the B2R Facebook page. Hiking: The MTB trails are great for hiking, too. Stockdell Road, which is closed to motor vehicles, is a nice, casual hike. What makes it special: On longer trail systems it sometimes seems you’re just riding mundane trail to get from one cool feature to another. Not so at Skull Buster; it’s all entertaining. And the builders have done a splendid job of incorporating unique features such as coffee pots and other artifacts added to rock piles, signage with directions to Stockdell Cemetery and other historic sites, and assigning cool names to specific areas (“Plankton” wins first place; it’s an area with several wooden slabs, or planks, crossing shallow gullies). Food: Nothing in the immediate area but typical interstate options exist at nearby exits off of I-75. Georgetown, Lexington, and Frankfort Kentucky all have plenty of good choices. Maps: Check the KyMBA Bluegrass website or use your favorite app, such as MTBProject. (As of this writing on May 6, 2017 TrailForks does not have a listing for Skull Buster

Summary: In my Top Five

Skull Buster is about a 90-minute drive from my home in Madison, Indiana. Within that drive radius I have at maybe 30 trail system and hundreds of miles of singletrack from which to choose. In that crowded, competitive field, Skull Buster remains one of my Top Five destinations. It’s near urban centers but feels remote, should be immensely popular but is never crowded, and every inch is entertaining. Scripture: And a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull. (Judges 9:53, Brenton’s English Septuagint)
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Skull Buster MTB

Trails

Location: About 25 miles north of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. General info: Several loops totaling around 12 miles of riding on 800 +/- acres of county land. Easy to do shorter or longer rides, depending on how you connect trail sections. The trails are all old-school singletrack and every inch is a blast to ride. The soil is a bit slow to drain and dry. There are some fall-line sections where erosion is setting in. Removal of downed trees and other trail maintenance gets done, although it sometimes takes a while. I’m sure the volunteer base maintaining these trails would welcome your assistance. You can check with the Bluegrass chapter of KyMBA (Kentucky Mountain Bike Assn.) for more info. Parking: Limited parking in a field on Stockdell Road near its intersection with Skinnersburg Road. The field is mowed and parts have gravel but is otherwise unimproved. Room for maybe a dozen vehicles. The name: Folklore says that after a local flood, several churches and other buildings had their floors raised…but not their door openings. The result was unexpected low clearance in doorways and a high likelihood of knocking one’s head. Hence the area became “skull buster.” Church: The church you can see from the parking area is Corinth Christian Church. It is non- denominational. It’s a Gospel-centered country church where discussion ranges from the selfishness of Jonah to the condition of members’ gardens. Good church; good people. Here are links to their website and Facebook page. Images: I ride here a couple of times each year and have put together a Skull Buster album on the B2R Facebook page. Hiking: The MTB trails are great for hiking, too. Stockdell Road, which is closed to motor vehicles, is a nice, casual hike. What makes it special: On longer trail systems it sometimes seems you’re just riding mundane trail to get from one cool feature to another. Not so at Skull Buster; it’s all entertaining. And the builders have done a splendid job of incorporating unique features such as coffee pots and other artifacts added to rock piles, signage with directions to Stockdell Cemetery and other historic sites, and assigning cool names to specific areas (“Plankton” wins first place; it’s an area with several wooden slabs, or planks, crossing shallow gullies). Food: Nothing in the immediate area but typical interstate options exist at nearby exits off of I-75. Georgetown, Lexington, and Frankfort Kentucky all have plenty of good choices. Maps: Check the KyMBA Bluegrass website or use your favorite app, such as MTBProject. (As of this writing on May 6, 2017 TrailForks does not have a listing for Skull Buster

Summary: In my Top Five

Skull Buster is about a 90-minute drive from my home in Madison, Indiana. Within that drive radius I have at maybe 30 trail system and hundreds of miles of singletrack from which to choose. In that crowded, competitive field, Skull Buster remains one of my Top Five destinations. It’s near urban centers but feels remote, should be immensely popular but is never crowded, and every inch is entertaining. Scripture: And a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull. (Judges 9:53, Brenton’s English Septuagint)
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