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this is a must-visit

This is the coolest little loop trail in Indiana. It's literally a playground. There's cool stuff tucked away off trail everywhere. I'd come back to this trail just to get off trail. So fun.

Perfect for a short, quick hike. Well maintained, well marked trails. Awesome geology.

Great scenic hike with a ton of views to see and explore. The trail is easy and please take the second loop on the trail. You don’t want to miss the second waterfall along with a large shallow cave! You can walk inside the cave while being right behind the waterfall.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail that is easy/moderate. During wet or rainy times, the trail can be slick and muddy in many places. Twice we lost the trail, but that is also easier to do when the ground is leaf covered. We crossed at least 10 streams in total. The lake is visible from most of the trail except for a couple of areas.

My wife and I completed this trail on a 35 degree (at most) day and for the first time on this trail, plenty of water was flowing over the falls. And, due to the cold temps, plenty of ice at the bottoms of the falls. This is one of my favorite hikes in terms of scenery, bluffs, cliffs, rock faces, and similar. Absolutely beautiful area. Overall, this is a easy to moderate trail with only a handful of sketchy areas for the really young or old. Exploring around and off the trail is what makes this trail so fascinating! See our photos here.

Visited on a Monday morning and only saw two others on the trail. We basically had the whole canyon to ourselves! Very beautiful!

Beautiful hike this time of year with leaves starting to change color and falling on the pathway. Hike was very peaceful, not crowded. Good mix of easy terrain and hills for refreshing exercise. I enjoyed the view of the lake through the trees!

hiking
1 month ago

challenging hike with lots of spider webs. some good views of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

It was wet and muddy, yet nice. challenging hike.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful scenery. Lots of colorful fungi. rocks and lots of acorns made it rugged. The best marked trail.

hiking
1 month ago

love the trails. rugged due to lots of rocks and twice turns. beautiful scenery.

Camping is no longer allowed on this trail. Beautiful hike!

Nice trail, beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, the waterfall was dried up on our visit. There is a single disperse campsite located to the right of the entrance.

hiking
2 months ago

Slightly overgrown. Lots of spider webs and chiggers.

Diverse

Good hike. Great little place and well marked. Just make sure you take at the loop!

hiking
3 months ago

Not a bad hike, just uneventful. Upkeep not great.

did the north loop. tons of spider webs the entire way, had to walk with sticks in front of us. trails were rough from the horses. probably won't do this one again

hiking
3 months ago

Good workout. Narrow trail as grasses and weeds very prevalent.

Great hike, even without the waterfall running and the creek beds being pretty dry. Definitely take the optional loop when you get too it. The shallow cave at the top is awesome.

Trail is the best marked trail I’ve been on. Easy grade changes, rocky trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a wonderful 2.5 mile trail to hike. It had good elevation and turns with very good trail markers. The dense trees provided a perfect canopy on a hot, humid morning. We wished we had time to hike the entire trail. To get to the trail entrance, follow the golf course signs to the practice area and first tee.

OH MY GOD! Tick city!! Three of us went on this trail and yes, it was beautiful but took a terrible turn towards the end with all the ticks. Beautiful hike but beware!

trail running
4 months ago

Rocky but good

Camped out here for a night...beautiful spiders, huge range of insects and daddy longlegs, keep your tent zipped up! August poison Ivy and ticks in abundance, the spiders so thick it's like watching the ground move. Totally overgrown trail with no usage, not many flat spots to camp for over half a mile...with your gear on you. be smart....wait until late fall.

hiking
4 months ago

I'm not sure if these directions are correct. The trail they take you to is so overgrown. I thought people pay to get into Indiana state parks/forests? What does Indiana use that money for?

Very nice trail! A great workout for our family of 5, (13 yo, 10 yo, 8 yo). All sweating and ready to take the shortcut loop on trail 2, which after a mixup on where we were supposed to start ended up being 3.5 miles. Wish we could’ve seen with full creeks but nothing trickling during our visit.

Gorgeous views. We actually hiked at Hemlock on a rainy day, and it was a lot of fun.

I enjoyed this trail as it had some pretty scenery and two spots where you could walk down to the lake. It was definitely over 6 miles by the time we were done but like I said there were side trails to the lake that we walked down. We crossed a couple of fields during the hike and the last one wasn't marked very well so it was a little confusing but it brought us back to an access road used by DNR. Overall nice trail!

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