Knobstone Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Knobstone Trail is a 33.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, IN that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

33.8 miles 7987 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

backpacking
3 months ago

It's a good challenge. Lots of hills. The clear cuts that the trail goes through were terrible. No markers in those areas( all the trees with markers were taken down) and easy to get turned around in. Kind of makes you wonder why they call it resource management. Could definitely use some basic maintenance, but overall a good trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Just hiked from the Oxley to the elk creek trailhead. The map said it was a little over 5m but my garmin gps showed almost 10m. We never got lost or went off trail so I'm not sure what is up with that. This is a challenging trail by the time I reached the last hill (felt like a mountain) I was beat.

hiking
1 year ago

Ok, this one got my heart beat up a bit!

hiking
2 years ago

6 times 4 stars

2 years ago

Not for beginners. Great challenge, and good scenery.

camping
2 years ago

Great trail can't wait to hike the whole thing.

hiking
3 years ago

Great trail if your are a hiker/backpacker. Very hilly, 300 feet up and down the entire length. We love it. Its a good trail to train for long hikes else where. This trail is just part of the Knobstone Trail (KT). No section of this trail is flat. It has great veiws. Try this section and you will do the whole trail, bring lots of water in the summer.

hiking
5 years ago

Very well maintained. Be weary of the side trail that goes north when the trail goes west only about a half mile from Leota. It will add about a mile to the trip. Believe when it says strenuous.

hiking
5 years ago

The whole Knobstone Trail is great! This trail is a great trail to train for longer trails like the Appalachian Trail. The water is easy to find and the tenting is great. The trail is well marked and is very enjoyable. If you start from the North and end in the South you see the best scenery I feel at the end. I recomend that you are a more advanced hiker and this is not a good trail for any beginner that does not have a experienced hiker. I you do not like short steep climbs this is not for you. Great Trail!!!

hiking
5 years ago

The knobstone is a hike that let's you enjoy the challenges the glaciers left as they retreated. This section is a nice thru hike to the next trail head at Elk Creek.