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on Peninsula Trail

7 days ago

Nice trail. We we’ve been backpacking on this trail twice, once in February and once in August and it was a good experience both times. Park at the Grubb Ridge parking area. From there it’s a fairly easy 1.5-2 hour hike to the shore. There are many ready to go campsites right on the lake. This is a popular camping area and there was quite a bit of trash left behind at some sites. On our February trip we got some rain/slush overnight and the trail gets very muddy quickly.

on Low Gap Trail

7 days ago

The Low Gap is a great trail for quick overnight backpacking trips. While the trail isn’t overly difficult there are some elevation changes that will get your heart rate up. Also, some creek bed hiking (beware of slick smooth rocks). The scenery in the forest is nice, particularly in the fall. I’ve been here several times and have not seen the sort of litter you see at campsites on other trails, which is nice. There are several established campsites in the backcountry area. Look near Gourley and Shipman ridge for some really good spots. There is one thing about the trail that to me really makes it more of a 3.5 star, the infamous overly long gravel road portion of the trail. The large pieces of sharp gravel can hurt your feet even in decent boots. Even with the gravel this is a worthwhile trail and worth repeat visits.

Great trail! The sink holes, creek crossings and natural bridges were all amazing, as were the fall colors. The trail was clearly marked and well-maintained, and the interpretative signs were interesting and in good shape. I’d love to do this trail again.

fun trail!

backpacking
20 days ago

The Tecumseh trail is the primary through hiking trail for central and south-central Indiana hikers. There is also the Knobstobe, but it is located much farther south and less accessible for hikers that reside in the Indianapolis area. I have through hiked the Tecumseh trail several times and during all seasons. I have also hiked it north bound and south bound. Despite logging along several areas, the trail is still very worth while. Every time I spend time on the Tecumseh trail I come out as a better version of myself.

Great moderate trail took the Cub Scout troop and they loved it.

Nice trail. We enjoyed the time out in the woods. Quite a few other hikers. Needed to watch our step as the trail was shared with horses.

Very cool trail! Not a very big area, but full of features. Definitely will revisit again.

nice trail. Would rate it as moderate myself. I'm overweight and not in the best of shape and had very little difficulty. There were some sections that offer a little bit of a challenge though. Overall I really enjoyed my time on the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Single track that is more geared for bikes than hikers, but still accessible on foot. Nice oasis in the middle of a lot of businesses. Definitely ensure that there has not been recent rain or you will have muddy pathes!

thoroughly enjoyed this hike and want to try it on a wintery day.
I chose to go clockwise on the loop with the goal of visiting the Terrill cemetery...it is Halloween season so had to investigate.
Very creepy place and didn't stick around long. I doubled back and hiked the rest of the loop. The sections of the trail that are covered in pine needles were a treat to walk on!
I hadn't hiked since late winter so the length was perfect and I wasn't too tired after 9 miles.

backpacking
27 days 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.

trail running
30 days ago

More bikes than runners / Hikers on this trail but its an awesome single track for the whole 6 miles. For almost being in the city this is a great escape.

backpacking
1 month ago

Started near the Tecumseh Trail head near Low Gap. The park is finishing the trailhead parking and park office across the street. So you have to park a 1/4 mile up the road at the Fire Tower. No biggie. the tail itself is well marked. However there was a reroute around Big Bear and reconnects just north of Fox Den Shelter. This is a little difficult to navigate but doable. My dog Sasha and I made it to Fox Shelter by 5:30pm the first night and Yellowwood lake to camp by 6:30pm the second night. It rained HARD on day one making switchbacks slippery. Then it temperatures dropped from 50°s to late 30°s at night. The logging really became a little annoying. But I do understand the need to revitalize the forest. Carry your water in. Most water supplies we're dried up. Look at a 4day/3night trip. All in all it's a great hike.

Completed the loop on October 13. Trail is a nice endurance hike, as we are preparing for Bright Angel in Grand Canyon. Not a lot of stunning scenery, and a lot of gravel road. Trail is poorly marked, so pay attention!

backpacking
1 month ago

1st ever backpacking trip was here

backpacking
1 month ago

Did an overnighter on this trail for a bachelor party. Good trail to hike. Saw a few mountain bikers on our hike out. The leaves were still thick on the trees so we couldn’t enjoy some of the views others posted about. Overall a good trip. The map shows streams close by: don’t rely on that for water. Pack it in.

Easy beautiful hike ... well worth the walk to see the cool rock shelter as the entire walk is nice. The trail also passes a small pond in an unexpected place. Parts of the trail include a gravel road but even it was lovely winding through the trees.

The trail is not super well marked. When in doubt on which way to go, look for white paint blob on the trees. If it has rained prior to your walk, wear appropriate shoes as the trail gets muddy.

My phone clocked the trail around 2.7 miles total.

Lack of parking. We parked on gravel road with other cars and got an $80 ticket. Watch out for horse poop

hiking
1 month ago

Reached the trailhead around 10:30 on a Saturday and the lot was full. We had to park at the fire tower which added an extra 3 miles onto our hike there, and 2 on the way back because we took the road. The trail is shared with bikers and horses but we only saw horses. All were very friendly and we all shared the trails very nicely. The hike was mostly flat with a few small inclines. The trail is marked pretty well but it would be nice if there were more signs. The path was usually beat down pretty well but having never been, it’s be nice to have reassurance with signs. The turnaround point at the beach is beautiful and totally worth the hike. There are 4 campsites right along the water that I hope to stay at next time!!! The trail wasn’t too busy in October but there were a few groups and some solo hikers/backpackers. Not to secluded/not too busy. It was a great day!

surfing
1 month ago

Only gave 2 stars i’d have given it more definitely worth it but never found anywhere to surf

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the 3 mile, was nice, some nice scenery. will have to go back and hike the other trail.

This is a well maintained trail. The cave is short, but fun and seems be be a little tighter with each return visit. Creek crossings are simple to navigate. Trail 10 is a good hike if you like hiking in creeks.

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.

First time in Fort Harrison. First time using this app. Enjoyed both. Chipmunks and squirrels and deer, oh my!

Nice little place to go hiking but beware: you’ll spend most of your time worrying about bikers coming up on you rather than relaxing and enjoying the surrounding nature.

One of my fave hikes in the state park. Not generally very busy and a nice place to go on a hike to escape the city life for a bit.

hiking
1 month ago

The fire road is lengthy and the less pleasant of the trail but the rest of it is nice. If you like trail running it’s not bad. Still have to keep your eyes open for roots and such. It’s reasonably close to get to from Indy and in general a nice hike. This time of fall with the sudden warmer temps bring a ton of gnats and mosquitoes so be prepared (end of September).

Short, but nice trail (approx 3 miles total). I think it is more of a moderate than hard trail. Path follows a scenic river with some great rock wall formations. Some elevation and climbing, but manageable. A couple narrow spots that would prohibit small kids. Highlights are honeycomb rock and devils backbone.

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