Scarce O'Fat Trail

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Scarce O'Fat Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Indiana that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

4.7 miles 688 feet Loop

hiking

walking

forest

lake

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hiking
19 days ago

This is a great leisurely hike with some easy short climbs and one short steep climb depending on how you start. It does have a section of road but it is not horrible. Lots of nice BC type scenery including by the creek bed. I hike this trail quite a bit and rarely come across other hikers and that is usually on holiday weekends and such.

hiking
2 months ago

Good workout. Enjoyed the hike through the forest sections, didn't care for the logging road section of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful area. I did this hike at sunrise and it was peaceful and serene. Not much for scenery but forest. good workout overall.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Some nice hills and sections, not a whole lot to see but nice over all. The logging / service road wasn't too bad as it hadn't rained in a while. Worthwhile doing.

hiking
7 months ago

awesome trail

hiking
7 months ago

The trail itself was fine, but unfortunately we were walking on the trail and our dogs were close by and one of our pups was bit by a rattlesnake (we think it was a copperhead snake, about 4 feet long) We took her to the vet immediately and she is still there being treated currently. I would suggest not to bring dogs on this walk for safely reasons.

hiking
7 months ago

Nicely maintained trail. Not much to see here. Hiking near the creek was about as exciting as it got.

hiking
8 months ago

Took High King to Scarce o Fat down through part of the lake loop. I enjoyed Yellow Wood, and want to go back for more exploring. It's a much less crowded Brown County adventure than the main park.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, but the logging road was so muddy that it really made the hike less pleasant. Also, next time we'd start from the High King Hill trail because I'd much rather climb up that steep hill rather than down it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Will be even better when they get the back section off the fire road. The walk through Caldwell Hollow is as good as any woods trail I have ever been on.

9 months ago

Great trail.

hiking
9 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail except for the stretch of gravel road. We went counter clockwise as recommended. I went by my Garmin gps and it said the hike was 6 miles. We stayed on the trail and had no problem finding it. Will do it again this fall. If not for the gravel road I would have given this a five star.

hiking
10 months ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

We started on the High King trail which was right away a steep ascent up, but has a cool view of the lake this time of year. We then hit the Scarce 'O Fat trail and did a total of about 6 miles. A lot of up and down, makes for a good work out. Very peaceful and secluded. Very well marked compared to many trails in the general area.

1 year ago

Nice trail counter clockwise is the "easier" approach, some downed trees along the way over the path. pretty slippery if wet going down the ending high king trace portion. Good workout for a loop.

1 year ago

This trail was well marked with one or two exception... When hitting unexpected gravel road, no blazes to be seen... We walked it counter clockwise... You might have better luck walking it clockwise starting with Hiking hill... Not a lot of features and stream was difficult to cross a few times... With that said everyone seamed to enjoy it... Will be coming back...

hiking
1 year ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

This lovely little hike was just what I needed for a mid-week break (only about 2 hours of walking). I agree with what the other reviewers have written. At one point, I took a wrong turn on a logging road, but was quickly able to figure that out when I didn't see the trail markers (the trail is well-marked and maintained). I was on the trail alone the entire time, except for a timber rattlesnake near the top of High King Hill who alerted me to her/his presence off the path as I passed by. I definitely want to visit again.

hiking
1 year ago

Scarce O'Fat Trail connects to High King Vista Trail, making the two combined almost 5 miles in length. I have hiked this trail numerous times before, it is decently maintained and marked. The trail is moderately difficult: fun for individuals, beginning hikers, families, or an experienced hiker looking for an easy trail day. The spillway and Yellowwood Lake are also located at the beginning/end of this trail, providing a relaxing view to sit and look at afterwards.