Boat House Trails is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bloomington, IN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A combination of trails off of the boathouse parking lot. Includes N, H, W, C, and L from the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve map descriptions. This trail starts and ends iwth steep slopes; however, most of the trail is on a relatively flat ridgetop. Views along the trail include valleys, upland forest, and occasional glimpses of the lake. The trail starts across the road from the boathouse and ends at the east end of the boathouse parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
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.