Bloodroot Trail is a 14.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lagro, IN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
I'm a novice backpacker. This was a good trail to test skills and train. I hiked my gear from the Mount Etna trailhead to campsite #1 which is an easy 1.25 miles up to about 3 miles if you "hug" the reservior. The trail and campsite were well kept. It was a fun trip. My only complaint is poor access to the lake for the purpose of getting water to filter and drink. Big problem if you want to spend more than just overnight. There were some streams, but too dry to get water out from them.
Excellent in spring and fall. Less quality in summer months.
Hiked this trail last weekend, it's actually 13 miles not 9. First 6 miles is an exclusive Indiana farm land experience, the rest is nice forest hike.
I was able to gather a bit of water but I would not rely on it at all, most was farm land run off anyways.
Bugs were not too bad yet but the spider webs were crazy, both camp sites looked very clean and free of waste.
We did pick up some small snack bar wrappers on our way through but thats all the trash we saw, very clean and will be returning for sure!
Really fun trail, after mile 6 is mostly in the woods. If your camping at one of the site make sure to register and pay at the trail head by the interpretive center,,,don't just hike in.
You can stash water at Mt,Etna boat ramp if you don't feel like carrying water the whole way.
little lengthy for some novice hikers. but overall i really enjoyed it. trail was very well kept with little trash and very little in the way of trees to block. if it has been raining like it was today be sure to wear some waterproof boots.
My wife and hiked this trail when she was 4 months pregnant. We hiked it in May and there was a lot of mud and standing water that we had walk past or find logs to cross. We can normally walk at about 3 MPH but we were so bogged down that we were down to just under 2 MPH. Also there is no water on the trail so you have to carry in what you are going to use. Outside of those two things, we had a blast. It was the first big hike of the year and we had a good sense of accomplishment when we finished.
This trail gives you a nice afternoon walk in, overnight camp, and 2-3 hr walk out the next day making it a nice overnight hike. There are some elevation changes and some mowed and unmowed parts of the trail. Camp site #1 is a little smaller with no picnic table but a nice bench. It is near the lake but a little more secluded and protected. If the mosquitoes are biting and there is very little wind #1 would be a bad choice IMO. #2 is much more open and breezy. There is tons of drift wood for fire as of Aug 2015 all of which floated up on shore when the lake flooded. #2 has a picnic table but no bench. Overall Bloodroot is a great hike, I rated it a 4 because the map they offer needs to be updated and some of the ravine crossings were near impossible since the bridges were washed out.
the wooded portion of the Blood Root is Nice, but we like single track trails along water on both east and west side either for hiking or Biking.The bottom of the lake in winter makes for a good time.
This was a great trail for my first solo backpacking trip. Camp site #1 was clean but is right on the trail. Campsite #2 looked like a frat party happened the night before. Beer bottles and trash everywhere unfortunately. I have a feeling it was from people mooring boats and hiking up the ravine. No water along the route so be prepared. I will definitely be hiking this again. Don't forget your $10 cash for the pay tube!
If you're looking for a long day hike in northeastern Indiana, this could be a good choice. The terrain is flat to gently rolling, with a roughly equal mix of woods and open fields (including a few farms along the way, as earlier reviewers noted, but most of the fields are wild meadowland). Lake views are few and unremarkable, unless perhaps you're walking this trail when the trees are bare. The hike took us about 4 hours, including brief stops to photograph butterflies and ID wildflowers. You'll probably want mosquito repellent if you're moving slowly or making longer stops, and be sure to inspect yourself for ticks afterwards. Also, as earlier reviewers mentioned, bring some water along. If you park at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, where the trail officially starts (trail map: http://www.in.gov/dnr/files/Bloodroot_trail_map.pdf), take a peek at the cages beside the building, which often hold a few hawks or owls, presumably injured ones kept for rehab or education. All told, this hike probably isn't worth driving more than an hour out of your way for, but considering what a rarity trails suitable for long day hikes are in this part of the country, it's a nice option to have if you live in Fort Wayne or thereabouts.
Great with dog- farm land and Indiana woods
fun hike with pet
This trail has problems from a mtb perspective. It's all double track, it's non-technical, around half of it is grass(sometimes really tall), and a good portion runs adjacent to farm fields. A novice that isn't in that good of shape might struggle with it's length combined with the grass, which is harder to ride on than dirt or pavement. On the other hand if you aren't a novice and are looking for a pure mountain biking experience, it will bore you. It's a weird combination. The KIN-TI-ON-KI single track mtb trail is right off the Bloodroot trail and is better all around for both novice and experienced riders. It's also much more fun. I've ridden the Bloodroot more times than I can count but I combine it with the KIN-TI-ON-KI trial and use it as a nice 18 mile workout ride. If you plan to ride it just take the good with the bad.
My wife and I hiked this trail in less than four hours. You don't really hit the wooded section until around mile 6. I agree with the other commenter about the adjacent farmland. Annoying after a while. It was REALLY buggy: lots of mosquitoes and spider webs crossing the trail. There's nothing quite like getting a mouthful of silky web and some unknown chunk of insect. That being said . . . I'd do this one again.
Hiked about 10 miles of this trail in three hours on July 5, 2013. Enjoyed the woods and the lake sightings. Hope to return to do all 13 miles.