Destinations: Nashville, Indiana

The other Nashville - Nashville Indiana - is a charming town that provides access to great rides on winding, bucolic country roads.

| January/February 2007

  • motorcyclist on tree-lined curvy road near Nashville, Indiana
    Enjoying the curves outside of Nashville, Indiana.
    Photo by Zorba Rose

  • motorcyclist on tree-lined curvy road near Nashville, Indiana

Ahh, the whine of the engine, the click of the valves and the growl of the exhaust note. If you crave twisty roads, they’re just minutes away from Nashville ... Nashville, Indiana, that is.

A happy little tourist town 60 miles south of Indianapolis, Nashville is located in the heart of Southern Indiana. Encircled by steep forested hills, Nashville is nestled in the valley where Routes 46 and 135 meet. It's home to one of Indiana's best motorcycle rides.

On Saturdays from May to October, motorcycles line both sides of the streets. Riders relax, eat and shop between rides to Bloomington on Routes 46 and 45, or explore back roads with names like Greasy Creek, Grandma Barnes and Bear Wallow.

Nashville has ample overnight accommodations and entertainment options. It’s a few miles from the Bill Monroe Music Park and Bluegrass Hall of Fame, the Little Nashville Opry and Bean Blossom Drag Strip.

The county is also home to Brown County State Park, the state’s largest. The park is fun to putter around in while viewing the lush landscape.

One of the best Brown County rides is Route 135 south from Nashville to Salem. As soon as Route 135 splits from Route 46, there are 25 miles of curves — sweet, beautiful sweepers, S-curves and chicanes.

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