Westwood Park is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Castle, IN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
Great for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and enjoying camping on the camp grounds. The trail is a circle around a lake two way. If you go in 5 miles the only way out is 5 more miles. Nice views of the small lake all along the trail
This was a wonderful trail!!!! I really enjoy how maintained it was. It was a little hard to understand where the trail head was because it was not very well marked from the far end of the parking lot and the beginning sections were not clearly marked either but once on the trail it was very nice walk for a Sunday stroll! I will be back again!!!
I do really like the trail really pretty when my kids were at home we took horses and loved it then now I'm back riding my mountain bike man it is a leg burner at times but that's what I like didn't see any other riders at all
I loved it my legs were like spaghetti when I was finished
Very nice place. They camp ground is very clean. Restrooms are new and clean. Very quiet. Will be back!!
We hiked this two weeks ago and the trail was in great form. Well maintained and things were starting to bloom and green over. There are some great views of the water and it's fun to see all the different bridges they've built over the 10 miles.
We only went about two miles in, but is a great lake trail! We had kids with us. Little kids. I want to return soon and do the whole trail.
Very nice trail, has a lot of variety along the way from wide to narrow and up and down. The rest stop at 5 miles is a nice place to have lunch. The park managers do a great job of maintaining the trail and also the park itself. Worth the work out, which it most definitely is.
Awesome park and campground. The mountain bike trail is top notch if you can ride but its not for beginners or those with low quality bikes. The trail has some good hills to climb, is a technical trail but has no man made features other than positioning of downed trees for natural obstacles. The trail is well marked and has signs posting the way out if you can't make it. Bridges are numbered and miles are posted so if you need help you can tell them where you are. I've seen a couple reviews where they called for help because they were not prepared for their trip around the lake, that isn't the parks fault. Plan for your trip, know where you are going and have some personal accountability. An injury is one thing but being unprepared is different. The trail is 10 miles one way for bikes and is at a minimum an intermediate if not expert (just because of the hills, technical difficulty and distance) rating. Go prepared for a great ride! The page here lists the trail as 10 miles and 2 hours but my normal times around the loop are about 50 minutes, it will all depend on your ability as a mountain biker.
Hiking the trail, take plenty of water and some snacks. You can hike it in either direction but it is recommended to hike in the opposite directions of the mountain bikes. It is a great hike with plenty of shade when the leaves are on. Watch for the exposed roots on the trail, the rain has eroded the dirt away from many of them on the hills over the years and present some pretty good trip hazards. Makes for an awesome day hike with some benches to sit on with an excellent lake view about the 5 mile mark. Great place for a picnic.
Nice walk through the woods. Trees starting to leaf out. Baby geese have hatched
Definitely worth going! Make sure you go with plenty if time and do it slowly. Preferably accompanied. Not a hard trail, just long.
An excellent hike. Surprised by the rolling hills throughout. Easy to follow. Nice views of the lake. More rustic then Low Gap and Three lakes on the west side of Indy. I passed some volunteers doing maintenance on the trail. Many thanks.
Theres a small fee to enter. Not worth mtb on. I rather hike it instead of bike it, except it would of taken awhile to hike. I broke down on my bike in the park and called (answered) and received no help what so ever. I was almost out of water, and I was a good 3 hour hike away and it was starting to get dark. Luckily, I found the closest road nearby and hitched hike my way back to my car along with my bike. Thank goodness the ride back in the truck to my car went okay. Just kind of disappointed with the parks service, and not helping when it could of ended up being a lot worst.