Northwest of Paoli in the Hoosier National Forest, the Shirley Creek Trail is a 19.5 mile mountain biking route shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The route is wooded and passes rock formations with varied terrain. The trail network has many loops and are very rolling.
To reach the trailhead from Bloomington, take SR37 south approximately 25 miles to US 50 just south of Bedford. Take US Highway 50 west 9.6 miles to the intersection of Highways 50 and 60. Continue going west on Highway 50, 0.1 miles to the first county road on the left. Turn left on this county road and immediately cross some railroad tracks. Drive 0.9 to County Road 825 West; turn right. Drive 3.4 miles to the split in the road. Take the left split (CR 810 north) and pass Bonds Chapel and a cemetery on the right. Drive 1.3 miles to CR 775. Turn right on CR 775 and drive 1.2 miles to the Shirley Creek Trailhead sign on the left. Turn left into the property and follow the road to the campgrounds.
Overall, Shirley Creek is the 11th most popular mountain bike trail of all 15 mountain biking rides in Indiana.