Spring Mill Inn and Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mitchell, 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.
MODERATE (1 .75 miles)Starts by the Inn and follows the creek before loopsing around lake. Follows lower section of lake from bridge, then around to boat docks, near Trail 2, which leads to the picnic area and parking area.
We wandered through the beautifully created "village" of log buildings, including the massive mill, where we watched corn being ground for the Inn's kitchen. After lunch at the Inn buffet, we started on Trail #1 just outside the back of the Inn. Trail #1 goes down the hill to a road and #5 Trail, which loops around the lake, can be picked up on the opposite side of the road after climbing over a large pipe. The trail is mostly shady with dappled light coming through the trees. Ground ranges from smooth to rocky and rooty. We stopped to watch a large school of small fish that were swimming in a pool below a spillway near a bridge on the path. The fish were attempting to jump the spillway! It was like a mini-salmon run that was doomed to failure, but entertaining for a brief rest on the trail. Further on the trail, we stopped at the Nature Center and chatted with one of the interpreters and cooled off before we climbed back up the #1 trail back to the Inn. It was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the woods. I would definitely go back to do more of the trails, some of which lead to caves of various sizes. The Inn offers a lovely place to stay and play for families. Beautiful indoor/outdoor pool and nice play room.
Beautiful trail that includes trails 1 and 5 on the map. Starts by the inn and loops around the lake. Moderate hike with lots of roots, rocks, and wildlife along the way.