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Beautiful park. I would recommend going during the “off” season. It is very heavily trafficked when the spring and summer hits.

Pretty easy trail to get done in a day. I did it in under five hours. The trail was pretty wet and soggy but it was still a good hike. I would definitely recommend this trail for a good day hike.

The falls aren't too hard to find, trail could definitely use some clearing in areas. The falls had about 2-3 feet of water in the pools when we were there in late November. I'm sure if the water was higher it would be running.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! We’ve hiked this trail numerous times. It’s beautiful and we’ve seen eagles and blue herons on the bluff. Lots of deer and occasionally, a coyote or two. It’s surprisingly hilly for Illinois. It’s especially beautiful in the fall. One note - wear bug spray in the spring and summer, the woods in this area do have ticks. Be sure your dogs are also protected. It’s especially bad in the spring which is also when people are hunting for Morel mushrooms and you will run into more people this time of year.

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail was much better than expected from the reviews here. I enjoyed the outing. I walked it straight through, so I didn’t camp, but the sites looked much nicer than I had envisioned. It was nice to not have to dodge the muck left by horses on so many of the other trails at Salamonie. My watch tracked the distance at 11.65 miles. I’ll be back.

I love this trail and so do my dogs. It is my go to Subday walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike for central Indiana. Would certainly do again.

backpacking
3 months ago

From the north parking lot, I hiked CCW around trails 18-4-2-3-10-4-18.

The good: Trails are well-marked at intersections and easy to follow in-between even though there aren't many blazes. The forest is beautiful - mostly hardwoods with the occasional clearing, pond, or stand of pine trees. Birds were plentiful, and I saw lots of small mammals. There's enough elevation to make it interesting, but there's plenty of easy ridge-walking and overall not too strenuous. Because they are horse trails, they're comfortably wide and there's no bush-whacking, overgrown trails, or surprise spider webs in your face.

The bad: Because they are horse trails, there are a lot of spots that get churned up into pudding. Most spots are small - just 5 or 10 yards - and easy enough to avoid or pick your way across if you step carefully. Some have walk-around trails, but a lot of those are also being utilized by riders and churned up as well. A few were a real pain to navigate around or through. There's also a lot of manure if that bothers you.

The ugly: There's a real garbage problem on the trail. Horseback riders apparently have no compunction about discarding their empties wherever they please. The area around the horse camp had a ridiculous amount of trailside trash - mostly empty beer containers. (Yes, I know it's the riders and not hikers because it was all Bud Light and Busch. Hikers who drink on trail carry hard liquor because beer is too heavy.)

Other: I found a few small streams, but we've had a pretty wet fall, so they're probably unreliable sources. I would like to have gotten over to the East side of the trail system, but there's no way to get from one side to the other without a significant amount of road walking, but its likely the horse and rider problems would be reduced further from the horse camp.

backpacking
3 months ago

Did the trail a few weeks ago it's very well maintained and marked. Had a great time with lots of great views!

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed my walk through this park. It was well worth the $5 entry fee. It sports a beautiful reservoir for fishing and has a nice campground for those that choose to stay a day or two.

I came on a late September afternoon. Low 70’s, sunny, and a gentle breeze-perfect for a quick hike. Wish I could have gone all the way around but only had the time and inclination to walk 4 miles or so.

My only complaints are that the trail was a bit tight in a few places and the road noise from county roads was a bit distracting. I was surprised to find no other hikers or bikers. I only met a whitetail deer, squirrels, Canada geese, and of course, crows.

backpacking
3 months ago

I hiked to campsite #4 during mid to late summer on this trail.

The first few miles are pretty boring, as said here elsewhere, but then you get into some trees and eventually near the lake.

When I was there, there was an infestation of spiders in the forest. I'm not joking when I say I walked through hundreds of webs and spiky butt spiders in the couple of miles of forest. They weave particularly strong webs so it is pretty annoying. Not sure if it was the time of year or what, but it's worth noting.

backpacking
4 months ago

Really great day and evening trip with a friend. We started at the entrance and hikes through to the second camp. Set out around 1:15 on September 15th and got to the East Camp Site around 4:30.

The trail was pretty tough at parts for the first half. We ended up getting of route a few times and needed to the use the app to get back on track. It gets especially confusing in the first 3 miles because of the overlaps with the road and poor markings.

After that it was a lot better but pretty tough at parts. Our packs were fairly heavy (around 20 pounds for an overnight, but we wanted luxuries, haha) so there was some slipping and sliding at parts.

We set up at East Camp and had to go back down the hill leading up to it to get water to purify and treat. We used a filter + iodine to filter it. Set up a nice fire ring and kept a fire going for 4 or 5 hours.

Sleeping was great as the temps dropped to around 65 degrees and without a cloud in the sky we were able to go without rain flys which is always a treat.

The last 3.5 out of the woods was pretty grueling. It was quite tough a parts, especially where the trail is clearly very difficult to maintain due to the hills, brooks and streams.

Overall, it was a really wonderful trip and we had a blast! Also the cows mooed all night, and I frankly couldn't stop giggling about that.

We set out to do the perimeter 5 mile challenge hike but we ended up doing trails 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10 and lots of back tracking due to trails being poorly marked This really needs to be addressed. Trail 3 was the most enjoyable and fun with the rock climbing, ravines, etc. I also really enjoyed Gypsy Gulch, suspension bridge and covered bridge. Everything was was just ok. We covered almost 7 miles and it was all pretty easy with only a couple strenuous areas. I’m glad we did it and checked it off the list, it’s worth seeing once but wouldn’t go back and do it again.

backpacking
4 months ago

Wonderful time backpacking this trail. It was blazing hot and humid the weekend we went, so we were glad to have broken up the sections by using the camping sites. Arrived at the park at 8 pm on the first day after driving down after work. We walked in 3 miles in the pitch dark, and the trail markers weren’t great—there were a number of splits that had no indicator of where to go. Bring the map and a compass for sure.

Day 2 we hiked 5 miles from camp one to camp two and found some of the steeper slopes very muddy and slippery... no problem with a day pack and nimble shoes. but 30 lb backpacks and boots required careful going. A hiking stick we picked up along the way helped with the muddly slopes immensely, so trekking poles might add a little safety for those backpacking.

Day 3 finished up with 3.5 nice miles. The heat was 95 degrees plus high humidity, so we were glad for shorter days, but the hike would be quite managable in 1 day or two days with better weather. Very nice camping experiences at both spots, we hardly saw any people along the trail and loved the various scenery and terrain that changed regularly.

Great for a run! Brush can get a little grown-in.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is the area’s premier mountain biking trail. It is not super technical but the climbs are challenging on the Kentucky side. The Barkley side is a good warm-up I recommend riding it counterclockwise starting at the north welcome station. This trail is fast and many of the people that ride it are out there to go as fast as possible. If you’re into that, this is the place to do it. A great ride is combining this with the north-south trail. I believe you can get in a tad over 40 miles for80 if you want to do an out and back.

very nice and quiet place for peaceful hiking and photography

nature trips
4 months ago

Very under managed and muddy. However, there are some amazing views on this trail.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Luv it here. My bike luvs it here. Good equipment is needed. Real singletrack. I recommend GU :)

These are mostly easy with 2 moderate hikes, very enjoyable. Creek is nearby so definitely will need bug spray to fend off the bugs.

backpacking
5 months ago

Trail was very enjoyable, has been awhile since the trail has been marked, a lot of the time we had to follow the permitter trail (blue) markers because the red was so faded or nonexistent. We set up camp about 2 miles prior to camp 2 so we could do some fishing on the lake. The trail wasn’t so bad aside from the lack of markings till the loop, neither side was great but when it came to the south/west portion it didn’t look like it had been maintained for a long time. Was full of thorns, and downed trees.

Friends I was with decided to walk out to the road before we even finished the whole loop. I dropped my gear off near the road and ran the trail back to the trailhead. Doing both I would have to say I think using the trail for a day run instead of a backpacking trip would be more enjoyable.

backpacking
5 months ago

One of the best places to backpack in Indiana. Some of the sites have great scenery of the lake. The only access to water is from campsite 6 so make sure that is something you bring

Good time...

hiking
5 months ago

good trail with dog.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great trail despite some areas in need of maintenance. We completed the full 10 miles in approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. Like many others have said, the trail is well marked, provides great views, and is in the shade the majority of the time. Exposed roots and fallen branches are concerning if trail running. The point of the trail for us was to get some mileage and climbs in before a trip to Arizona, and this trail provided that for us. Will definitely come back.

needs maintenance

hiking
5 months ago

Many hiking trails offering great views and beauty all around. The canyons are so much fun to climb in for all ages.

backpacking
6 months ago

The scenery is not super exciting for the first half of the trip, but once you loop around to the woods it gets a lot better. It is also used for mountain biking so the second half of the trail is a lot more windy, with small hills to hike up and down which we liked. We used this trip as practice for a week-long camping trip in August so we picked it for the distance/elevation changes and didn't care as much about the scenery.

FYI - no pit toilets so be prepared with a trowel to dig a hole and toilet paper. Also, the only campsite that has access to the lake is #6 (or #2 if you're looking at the map that just has two campsites listed) so if you are packing light on water with the intention to use a filter to refill, be sure to at least stop at this campsite.

closer to 10 miles and that was longer than I thought!! Nice trail that were well marked. Mostly shady with some open meadows. Around mile 8 were some odd cold air pockets which were refreshing and unexpected! My son and I had a lot of fun and are glad we can say we made it!

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