Three Lakes Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Martinsville, IN that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A 10.00 mile circular trail that connects three property lakes.
Beautiful trail with some difficulty, which makes it a terrific workout. Not always well-marked.
Excellent loop trail with decent hill elevations good scenery - not too much traffic
I've hiked this trail a couple different occasions, overall great trail and good workout.. The reroute did get confusing my first experience and trail ended up being a little over 10 miles.. Great hike and highly recommend it to other people interested!
Nice trail. Easier than low gap. Trail marked pretty well except one spot. If starting from cherry lake going clockwise, at paved road go left (on the road). The trail picks up again about .25 mile ahead on the right. Trail is overgrown in some areas. Some mud. Lots of gnats, deer flies, especially close to the water. Two ticks. Met about 10 people on the trail. Mostly shade.
They changed the route. Did not seem near as hard as it use to be.
Very nice trail.BUT THE REROUTE WAS VERY POORLY MARKED.be sure you know where you are going.
Took a little more than 3 hours to do the full loop. My GPS says 10.3 miles from start to finish. Overall I really enjoyed this trail. The hills are good. Had me breating hard at the top. Some really good views from the lakes and over all a really good day.
The trail was fantastic with the exception of a reroute that takes you on the road for a couple of miles. There was one sign to indicate the change; good thing we had a map. Loved the hills and lake. There were several steam crossings which could use a few rocks or timbers for steps. Will definitely do again!
Lots of elevation changes, pretty terrain and lots of creeks to cross. Fun for the dogs, challenging for us and there was a picnic pavilion for when it rained. A great trail but watch out on fire roads- easy to get off course
We backpacked the loop and had a great day even though it rained the last hour. The trails is a bit longer than the app states which was fine with us. There was a fair amount of trash Nu all the trail heads but once you were 1/2 mile in it was fairly pristine. A good amount of elevation change and with the exception of a brief stint along a forest road all good trails. For this long of a hike this close to Indy and without tons of traffic I'll rate this five stars.
We decided to tackle the Three Lakes Trail over Presidents day weekend. My father and I started just after noon on Sunday 2-14 (Valentines Day) and figured we'd be done around sun down, then we planned to hike into the back country and camp for the night to try out our winter camping gear. Unfortunately for us, we severely under estimated how difficult this hike would be with 3-5 inches of fresh snow on it. We ended up only making it half way through the trail before sundown at which point we made the decision that we would probably have to set up camp and wait until morning to hike back out (camping is not allowed on the Three Lakes Trail but the storm was dumping more snow than we expected). After a night hovering around 18 degrees and a lot of cold weather camping gear that passed our test with flying colors we hiked out in about 2 1/2 hours Monday morning. All in all it was a great experience. But I wouldn't recommend underestimating the course like we did, we spoke with a DNR employee when we got off the trail and let him know what happened. He told us that under most circumstances if you get caught camping in that area a conservation officer will hit you with a $200 fine. So definitely a mistake you'll want to avoid.
Hiked with a friend on Oct.16, 2015. Beautiful day. Moderately challenging but scenic trail. There was a detour at the time we hiked it so I am unsure if it added or shortened the distance. Most of the trail was well marked, with the exception of the area around the edge of one of the lake's (lost the trail around the boat ramp but picked it up again a short time later). Only encountered a couple other hikers the entire way (weekday). Overall, pleased with the hike and would do it again.
Nicely marked and well traveled trail. The gnats and sweat bees were pretty bad but that is to be expected this time a year. It was challenging enough with some nice flat areas between the ups and downs.
We hiked from Cherry lake to Bryant Lake and there were a lot of mosquitoes although it was overall a nice hike. Upon leaving Bryan Lake and entering the dry stream bed to the east we lost the trail. GPS showed we were pretty much on it but we couldn't seem to find it and there were no markers. We attempted to follow the stream for a while but eventually got attacked by wasps and turned back. Maybe the rain washed out that section of the trail?
Very nice anytime of year. Spring wild flowers are lovely.
The Three Trail was rerouted to avoid having the trail closed during an active timber harvest. If you are hiking counterclockwise from Bryant Creek Lake, after crossing Beanblossom Creek and going uphill, the trail makes a turn to the left, leaving the log road before entering the timber harvest area. Following the white blazes and pink ribbons, the trail comes to the main forest road and crosses that road. There are two Carsonite posts with arrows to direct hikers to turn to the left. Additional posts along the road for a short distance lead the hiker to Stepp Cemetery where the trail goes back into the forest just to the left of the stone gate at the cemetery. Trail closing signs and maps with the new route were posted, but unfortunately, sometimes the signs do get torn down. Please follow the while blazes and the white arrows on those brown Carsonite posts.
I parked one car at Bryan Lake and another at Cherry Lake and hiked between them with a friend. We did the shorter of the two legs, due to time constraints. The trail was very well marked and maintained. The day was glorious if a bit overcast, the leaves were changing, the water crossings were running crystal clear, but not too deep. Just a wonderful day and a great short hike.