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eXplore Brown County on an ATV or Hill Climb Buggy

“of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”

NEW - Hill Climb Buggy Tours - Year-round Historic Guided Tours, weather permitting - rates & tour descriptions.

Brown County is home to breathtaking scenery, some of the most rugged trails and hill terrain in Indiana. Our guided ATV and Hill Climb Buggy tours will give both young and old a taste of a new brand of adventure. Our ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and Hill Climb Buggy's are true to their name and will perform great in the snow, mud, water, or on dry ground. ATV and Hill Climb Buggy tours are offered year-round weather permitting. We are land stewards first and there is no charge if XBC chooses not to ride the trails during wet, thaw conditions or high winds. 

Our guided ATV and Hill Climb Buggy tours will give both young and old a taste of a new brand of adventure. Our ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and Hill Climb Buggy’s are true to their name and will perform great in the snow, mud, water, or on dry ground. Our 2 seat Buggies are equipped with a roll cage and 4 point harnesses. Briefly switch drivers while XBC Tour Guides recreate Native American and Pioneer history. Scenic landscapes provide the perfect photo op or rent our Helmet Cam for $30 to capture the entire experience.

ATV and Hill Climb Buggy Tours are weather permitting, and actual routes and times may vary depending on trail conditions. All tours include instruction, helmet and eye protection.

Adventure Combo Packages | Provide corporate team building/adventure reward trips | Plan an ATV adventure or combo package | Check web site for availability and request a GROUP quote | Give employees an adventure day to remember | Take $5 off any 2 activities.

NOTE: All guests who wish to ride must be at least 16 years of age and present a valid driver's license.

The ATV Experience

Cruise along on an ATV over our many exciting trails following one of our talented guides. Shadows cast by varied tree species slice through and give broken light & color to highlight the trails. Birds and wildlife invite you to enjoy breathtaking views from the second highest ridge in Brown County. Our Guided ATV Tours will give both young and old a taste of a new brand of adventure. ATV Tours are offered year-round weather permitting.

The Morning Ridge Runner Tour is 1 hour and the Afternoon Cemetery Tours are approximately 1.5 hours long and include test track, photo and snack break. Most of our clients have never ridden an ATV. Our tours are ideal for 1st time riders since a comprehensive orientation and safety training session precedes all tours. We’ll show you how to operate the ATV safely, and then challenge you, explaining how to travel in our small groups with minimal impact on the land.

The 2-1/2 Hour Adventure Tour is for experienced riders and will test your riding abilities and endurance.

Tour Times
1 Hour | 10:30 am
1.5 Hours | 1:30 & 4 pm
2.5 Hours | Call to schedule
---Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to ride time---

The Hill Climb Buggy Experience

eXplore Brown County Hill Climb BUGGY Tours provide year-round Historic Guided Tours weather permitting. Your adventures begins here at eXplore Brown County / Valley Branch Retreat. You will encounter: pioneer home sites and a graveyard dating back to the 1800’s. While traveling through creek beds or traversing technical climbs and descents, you will experience scenic vistas of Brown County’s peaceful lush valleys. Our 2 seat BUGGIES are equipped with a roll cage and 3 point harnesses so kids ages 6-15 can join in the fun and ride as a passenger.

Briefly switch drivers while XBC Tour Guides recreate Native American and Pioneer history. Scenic landscapes provide the perfect photo op or rent our Helmet Cam for $30 to capture the entire experience.

1 hour Cemetery Tour | $86 per person - Second person is ½ off switching drivers or riding in the same 2-seater Hill Climb Buggy. Total cost per BUGGY with 2 people | $129

1 Hour Hill Climb Buggy Tour Times | 9:30 am & 2 pm - Tour times includes test track, photo op and begins when engines are started. Reservations are required, please call in advance 812.988.7750

“Super fun ATV tour”

Reviewed June 30, 2015 | Gary was a fantastic tour guide on our ATV tour. We had the great fortune of a private tour and he did a fantastic job not only teaching us the basics, but also finding us great opportunities to explore, enjoy some speed and as much challenge as we were looking for. He was able to customize the ride to the level of adventure we were looking for. His knowledge of the trails was incredible. Highly recommend it. | Visited June 2015



“So Much Fun! | Reviewed February 2016

On our weekend visit to Brown County, we decided to try out Valley Branch Retreat and their one hour Hill Buggy rides. What an incredible experience and so much fun. Gary was our awesome leader. The buggy's hold two people and you are able to switch drivers during the ride. We rode thru some pretty rugged terrain - up and down steep hills and thru many creeks. You will get a little muddy! There's several chances for you to drive the buggy as fast as you want as well as doing some donuts. Also, several stops for photo opps. Gary was very friendly and made everyone feel at ease. We will go back soon and take our kids. Can't wait!!


"AWESOME FUN ATV BUGGY EXPERIENCE" | Reviewed September 13, 2015
We simply had "THE BEST TIME" Gary our guide was so patient, informative, and down to earth! The ride itself was GREAT AWESOME FUN!! You feel boosted with all the different types of riding to fast straightaways, going up and down hills! We had our adventure not long after rain in the area so even a little muddling!! We are now excited to "book again" upon our next visit and bring our friends for the ride. Highly recommended even for us not in our teens, twenties, thirties, or even forties!!! | Visited September 2015 



"Most awesome day trip EVER!!!" | Review by Paula on September 20, 2015

My husband and I was looking for a place to go and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Someone told us about Brown County so we checked it out on the net and trip advisor. We first went to town and seen a ton of amazing shops. We stopped to call explore Brown County. We wanted to book a couple ATV'S but that trip had already started but they were able to get us on the buggy tour. AMAZED AT THE FUN WE HAD.☆☆☆☆☆  They were 2 seater extreme go cart type vehicles. We literally climbed mountains crossed creeks hit some mud done donuts and my favorite got to an area we could go as fast as we wanted. We took the hour tour we had 2 places to stop and switch drivers which we took advantage of. Our guide Gary was awesome. He wasn't afraid to let us get a little crazy and led the way. On our stops he told us some history and pointed out beautiful things about nature and why they were the way they were. We are coming back to try more and zip lines as much as possible!

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