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First, this place is huge, I’ve went twice already and still have been everywhere. The trails are not marked very well at all but I enjoy just walking wherever my curiosity leads me and I have a good enough sense of direction that it’s not a problem for me to find my way back. You also get cell signal so you can just mark your car on maps and follow that back if you need the extra help.
I went on a Thursday morning and only saw two other people walking and one biker. I then went on a Saturday morning and holy hell it was busy and there were so many bikers. The trail gets narrow in parts so this makes navigating bikers tricky at times. I wouldn’t go back on a weekend.

This trail was not at all as I expected, but so worth it. Hiked/Ran the full loop with all 6 expert routes, and I can see why this trail is graded hard. It was a true workout with several hill climbs. Passed only one other hiker and no bikers, but the parking lot was full of cars by the time we finished the hike. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Well-marked and shaded the majority of the time. As others have indicated, bring bug spray.

This is a beautifully maintained bike trail. It says hikers are welcome on the sign, but the trails are too narrow to allow bicyclists and hikers through at the same time. Bikers had to stop for us to get out of their way. All were extremely nice about it (thanks!) but we felt like we were imposing more than sharing just by being there on foot.

Didn’t see a soul on this well maintained trial which is clearly maintained for bikers but I ran the trail. Not a lot of areas to step aside should the need arise. Well cleared generally but be aware can be very slick in the morning if dew is heavy or within hours of a rain. First third of seven miles in heavily shaded, middle third is meadows ad final third is wooded. I will visit overtime I am back in Indy as time allows. Beats the treadmill at the hotel any day.

This is really a mountain biker’s trail. Not a hiking trail. There is a turn every 10 yards or less. Not ideal hiking.
If you go, take your bug spray. It is pretty dense woods.

hiking
17 days 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.

Amazing trails to run, hike, and take dogs on! Gorgeous views, right near the White River and an amazing playground. 5/5 stars.

This is my favorite trail at this park. I like the way it meanders and undulates. It’s well maintained and marked. I did miss a turn (my fault) and made an unexpected loop a just over two miles in, but I didn’t mind as appreciated the extra distance.

I’m not certain if mountain bikes are allowed, but I was hit by a mountain biker during my hike. I noticed him as he was approaching from about sixty feet behind me. He shouted “Coming through!” at 30 feet away. I wasted no time jumping off the path, but as he was leaning into a turn, his shoulder clipped my shoulder. He didn’t slow down as he approach me and was going way too fast to make a pass. He shouted “My fault!”, but he didn’t even stop to see if I was ok.

I was so shocked at what just happen I didn’t have the words to say anything as we could see each other across from one of the ravines moments later. He wouldn’t look at me.

I wasn’t hurt, but I was pretty upset about the situation as I almost had my six yo daughter come along with me. She decided to stay back last minute as she’s had come down with a cold. I felt what the cyclist did was very reckless, and I’m thankful my daughter wasn’t there as she might have not made it out of the way.

I’m an avid cyclist, I commuted to work by bike for seven years, and support bicycle advocacy groups. I believe mountain bikers should have a place to ride. However, this cyclist was completely reckless. I’m glad I didn’t run into him back at the parking lot as I sure I would’ve said some choice words (not my character).

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!

I enjoyed this trail, in the middle of the day, in mid July. The tree canopy provided lots of shade. The trail moves up, down, left, and right which kept it interesting. The lack of trail markers and use of different coloured flags took away some enjoyment as I wasn’t always sure of where I was. I helped a group of boys find their way as well. Not a safe idea with sketchy trail markers. Note also, this park doesn’t have garbage cans. Your asked to carry all your garbage out. Enjoy.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun trail and some great views of the lake. Moderate to difficult, trail well marked, lots of light to medium elevation changes and wood plank bridges throughout the trail. Most of the trail has tree cover. A bit deceiving as there is a lot of winding particularly on the back half of the trail. Trail could use a bit of maintenance, some areas have more vegetation on trail...a few trees were down, but only a couple spots where you have to walk through or around. Hit several spider webs but no ticks. A few hikers out, couple trail runners and several on horseback. Ladies at front gate we’re very helpful by sharing the type of traffic on trail. Good to know what to expect in advance. Peaceful yet challenging ride and plan to ride again soon. 100 min ride with several water breaks. Good cardio workout and you will definitely feel the burn in your legs. My son has hiked and backpacked the trail several times, good training for section hikes. Whether you ride or hike, take plenty of water. I have also camped and fished at the park. Well kept and very clean. Good luck, have fun and be safe.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail June 30th 2018. You are in the shade 95% of the time. There are a few open grassy spots along the way, the longest stretch being on the back side of the dam. Well marked. Definitely narrow. I only met 4 riders along the way. Often times the only way to give right of way for them is to be in the brush. I picked up my first ever poison ivy rash. I had no issues with ticks. I completed it in 4.5hrs.

walking
1 month ago

Great trail with wonderful, woodsy, views. My pregnant wife and I walked at a relatively slow pace and completed it in an hour and a half.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a gorgeous trail, mostly all in the shade. Nostly for mountain bikes but an awesome hike as well, we loved hiking it!

This is a nice meandering trail. Use caution as it’s a MTB trail too. No benches or pic-nick tables on this trail.

Love the terrain and the trail- I was expecting more bikes but no issues. I was trail running and at some point I missed a sign. But it was a nice easy run.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Took us approximately 1 hour to complete. Not too busy, but did step off trail to allow bikers to pass by. Would definitely do this trail again to train for trail running.

trail running
1 month ago

I have been running there to train for a Spartan race .It's a good challenge.

trail running
1 month ago

This is the long trail in Fort Harrison. Beautiful trail with loads of trees and wildlife. Little slick in spots after the rain but not too bad

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty but nothing ridiculous. Easy to follow. I was never confused about which way to go unlike many trails around Indiana. I would pack a sandwich and or snacks. I did the 10.5 miles in 5:10 with a stop to make lunch. There are lots of trees down that you can navigate around. Didnt see a single tick.

It reminds me of the Shoen creek trail and Lawrence creek trail in Ft Ben Harrison State Park except 10miles.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail, decent amount of elevation change. Nice views and fun terrain. Would categorize it as a moderate trail run for sure, it's not easy. Not much traffic so that was very nice, certainly a hidden gem. Quite a few downed trees in the trail but was warned about that at the front gate.

Nice trail. We got a bit turned around at one point and looped back to somewhere else on the trail. But we were able to take a shortcut back to our car from where we ended up. It was really pretty though. Nice flowers and beautiful trees. Very wooded, easy trail to hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Definitely for biking, not for hiking. (sorry)

hiking
3 months ago

Great trails! Pretty narrow in most spots though, and can be difficult to navigate / there’s not a lot of markers. I took my small dog with me and he had no issues with the trail. Will definitely go back.

Trail was fun. Lots of walking bridges and steep hills. Mainly made for mountain biking however was a fun hike as well. Stuck to the expert trails for the most interesting sights.

Loved it!

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. If your gonna run it, dig deep and focus. A lot of ups and downs. Your legs will feel like jelly when your done. However, it's worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike. Good for dogs. Only thing is to watch out for bikers. I met some speedy bikers along skinnier parts of the trail and they’re traveling pretty fast so just be careful. Also, many bikers don’t yield to you like they’re supposed to. Lastly, it’s not a really well marked trail. There are multiple splits that don’t tell you which way to go, so be wary of that.

Relaxing and surprisingly dry.

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