Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is home to several rare plant species and is considered one of the best remaining examples of mature upland forest in this area. Due to these unusual and fragile characteristics, as well as the scientific value of the land, this area has been set aside for preservation and protection. To help protect the unique features and qualities of this natural area, some activities are prohibited, including horseback riding, mountain biking, off-road vehicles, dumping, military excursions, campfires, and swimming.

hiking
5 months ago

Did both the North Shore Trail and Loop. Both were very exciting and fun, with a lot of altitude changes and great views. Although the trail is not marked well at all, the path is pretty cleared out so you can find your way through. So many nice spots to sit next to the water. Definitely recommend this one for avid hikers!

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was not very well marked, and we were confused a lot about where to go - but in the end it was a good, solid hike. Should be rated "moderate" in my opinion, there were a lot of slippery, steep hills and even a rock face we weren't sure how to get around. Very pretty, though - I will be doing it again now that I know the route!

sea kayaking
10 months ago

Nice trail but the best thing about this spot is kayak rentals. Nice bird watching. A fun place to go but crowded on nice summer days.

hiking
1 year ago

Just a beautiful fall day in Bloomington. Trails were marked well. Lots of leaves so you just had to watch your step for rocks and roots. We combined a few trails for a good 5 mile hike. It was pretty busy, but never too many people to slow us down.

trail running
1 year ago

Well maintained easy to navigate trails very close to town. With that they can be pretty "high traffic" but thats to be expected when you have such great trails this accessible. I love to use the trails for trail running because they are closer to my home than Pate Hallow, and there is still plenty to see along the way. All of griffy would be great to take out younger children or those of you who want to get out in the woods but don't have time to run out to the Deam or Morgan Monroe.

Great trails

hiking
1 year ago

Griffy Lake is a beautiful and well maintained nature preserve just outside of Bloomington. The trails are easy to moderate, in good condition, with trail heads close to the boathouse and parking area. These trails aren't the longest you will hike in Indiana by any stretch, but they make it up in scenery. Many of the trails hug the edge of Griffy Lake, bending around steep vertical banks and rock shelves (there are also plenty of flat rocks for skipping, just mind the boating enthusiasts). Kayak and canoe rentals are available at the boathouse and charge by the hour. Unfortunately, camping and campfires are not permitted.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice loop trail that connects to the IU Research Trails. This one has some shorter trails that branch off from it including one that leads down to the lake. Lots of deer on the trail this morning.

hiking
2 years ago

The first half of this one is a loop that brings you down right along the lakeshore with some great views of Griffy Lake. The trail continues on at the top of the loop and eventually will connect you with the North Shore Loop Trail. Like the others at Griffy Lake, it's marked well and nicely maintained.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice set of trails right off of the boathouse parking lot. A few trails branch off from the main hiking trail but they are well marked on the posts and trees as you work your way around the lake.

trail running
2 years ago

Paved exercise trail running along side the Lower Cascades. Popular area with lots of traffic throughout the day.