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The Brown County to Ohio River Cruise + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Indiana Indiana125 Miles

By Bill Belei
on July 1, 2001

4.3out of 5

8 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Bloomington Indiana head east on state route 46. Look for the signs to Nashville if you wish to visit that town (you will head north on route 135 for a few miles). Take 135 south for the rest of the route ... all the way down to the Indiana/Kentucky border.

Scenery

This ride will take you through the most beautiful sections of Indiana. The scenery and the roads are top notch and the amenities are very good for a Midwest rural area. Miles and miles of healthy and lush hardwood forest.

Road Quality

Sections of this route offers some of the best motorcycle roads in the Midwest. Many sections have sharp turns leading into climbs or descents. If you go in the spring or fall you will want to make sure you are careful of other scenic route travelers who may be paying more attention to the scenery than to the road.

Roadside Amenities

Bloomington Indiana is home of one of the largest colleges in Indiana - Indiana University. You might enjoy just cruising around the campus or the town with its famous collection of limestone buildings. Indiana University has a great art museum with works from famous artists such as Picasso and Andy Warhol. Every spring (April) the college holds a local favorite bicycle race called the Little 500. The old Kevin Costner movie - Breaking Away - was partially inspired by the Little 500 and scenes from the movie were shot on the campus. An early 20th century artist by the name of Theodore Clement Steele has a state historic site built in his honor just south of the town of Belmont off or route 46. You may see some of the fine furniture and decorations he created as well of some of his paintings. The site also offers walking trails that will let you see some of the very scenery that inspired his work. Keep going south and you will find a large reservoir known as Monroe Lake. When you get back on the route and continue heading east along Rte. 46, you will come to Nashville Indiana. Nashville Indiana has grown to become one of the more popular country heritage towns in the Midwest. This town is known for its artists, art galleries, antique collections and craft shops as well as being the home of the John Dillinger Wax Museum. Further along the route you will definitely want to take a detour into Brown County State Park. Here you will find a small collection of some of the nicest motorcycle roads in the state. You will enjoy the curves and climbs even though the park has relatively slow speed limits. You could spend a nice weekend in the park. The park offers accommodations such as camping, cabins, a lodge hotel, trails, water sports and hiking. The route then heads south on Rte. 135 finally giving you a chance to open it up a bit. The road meanders through a winding coarse that takes you through southern rural Indiana. You will pass by another State Recreation Area (Starve Hollow) and through a nice country Indiana town - Salem. Next you will pass through Indiana's first capital established in 1816 in the town of Corydon. You can checkout its limestone capital building. Corydon also offers a 16-mile scenic railroad tour that travels roundtrip through the local forest and hills. Just to the south of Corydon you will find the site where Indiana's only Civil War battle took place. Here an outnumbered state home guard surrendered to a vastly larger Confederate force. The Confederate's stole fresh supplies and horses and continued on their way. At the southern tip of the route you will find Squire Boone Caverns. Squire was a brother of the famous Daniel Boone and once used a local cave to hide from some pursuing Indians. He later returned and settled in the area. Today a very small pioneer themed amusement park offers a taste of pioneer history as well as tours of the areas caverns.

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on August 19, 2009 5 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

IN 135 is a great ribbon of a windy, hilly road!!! Stop in Story, IN to see the old store & restaurant: it looks like you stepped back into 1920 or 1930's. the food is excellent. The best part of 135 is from Nashville, IN to Brownstown, IN, (I think)but keep going to see the INDIANA coutryside. Usually minimal traffic. Corydon has a lot to see & do, especially if you are a history buff. 135 from Corydon to Mauckport is pretty uneventful, other that crossing Ohio river into Kentucky. From Corydon, I recommend going east on IN 62 & IN 66 and taking the Ohio Scenic Byway to Evansville. Stop at The Overlook Restaurant in Leavonworth to eat, and watch the tug boats and barges on the Ohio River. Great photo op!!!

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By Guest
on December 22, 2012 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki Voyager

Motorcycle Type Touring

Enjoyed this ride Sept 2012, good smooth roads that are just right for touring. No signficant turns that requires a reduced speed. Plenty of small towns to enjoy and get refreshed.

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By Guest
on June 1, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I just rode Hwy 135 last week and it was honestly the best ride I've had. I took 46 out of Bloomington to Brown County state park. Rode through the park to 135 and followed 135 all the way down to where it runs into Hwy 50. From there I took 50 -> 250 -> 39 -> 256 down to Madison, IN, right on the Ohio river. The Hwy 39 and 256 part of the ride was almost as good as the ride on 135 and offered some great riding and scenery.

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By bavking
on October 25, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Route was a little boring between Ohio river and Salem. Once we got through Salem it was a complete 180! exciting roads, where it said 15mph and you actually needed to be going 10! some corners were so tight every person in the group dragged! This route had some great views and for the most part really well kept roads!

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By Guest
on May 24, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

135 is a must ride for sure!

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By Guest
on September 21, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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09/20/09 - 135 at the Jackson Co. Line has had a fresh coat of chip-&-seal added recently. There is lots of loose gravel and the road is hazardous especially on the corners. For those traveling this route, please exercise caution.

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By Jamesisdad3
on July 26, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Took this trip on 07/24/2016. It was a lovely Sunday ride. The wife and I started our trip from Brandenburg, KY around 1130am and planned to make a full day of it. The roads were in good condition, except for IN 135, north of Brownstown, IN. There were doing construction and had both ways down to a one lane defile. Other than that it was a perfect ride up. We hung around Nashville, IN and Story, IN for a few hours and shopped and ate. After a few hours we headed home and the ride back down was just as relaxing. We love riding on Sundays because of the traffic being less. We will definitely take this route again in the future.

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By low rider s
on May 12, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2016

Motorcycle Make HD Low Rider S

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I have enjoyed 135 in sports cars and bikes for decades, and it keeps getting better and smoother. It has loads of blind turns, elevation changes, and speed changes, and you will be throwing gears up and down fast as you react to each fun challenge it gives you. If it has rained in the previous 3-5 days, you will have rivulets of water crossing the road from place to place, and the occasional crop of freshly mowed grass dumped onto the road by a careless property owner.. The scenery is awesome as you follow a creek and wind through old growth forests and see exposed rock formations, and old farms and roadside buildings. A great tune up ride for your handling skills!

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