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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.

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.

on Low Gap Trail

5 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.

hiking
19 days ago

We took part of our scout troop on a hike from the youth tent area. the worst part is having to walk the road a ways from the campground to catch a trail. The trails are all in good shape and easy to follow. We took parts of trails 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and didn't find any to be terribly difficult. one step climb up a hill and a whole bunch of stairs near Donaldson Cave were the worst parts.

Lots to do at SMSP. Take your time and enjoy it all.

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail on a Saturday and it may have been better on a weekday. The trail was pleasant but it crossed roads several times, and only briefly did we ever get away from the sound of traffic. We did not get a peaceful, quiet trail experience in nature today. It's rated "rugged" but it was easy hiking. I would've rated the trail higher if it didn't have the traffic noise.

a definite repeat for sure.

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!

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).

this was one of the best parks I have been to in a while in the midwest. It is clean and taken care of. The trails range from paved and flat to rugged, traversing the creek, up and down tougher hikes for an average person. I really enjoyed my day and was able to spend 3 hours moving through the park and viewing the awesome landscape.

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.

I went on 9/19/18 from 1:20pm-5:30pm. Gnats started to annoy the hell out of me around 1/5 of the trailer and they literally made it horrible for me and I really just wanted to get the hell out of there. Other than the gnats and the cobwebs and spiders I ate and displaced which was about 100 of them it was pretty cool. Saw some chipmunks and some squirrels, and also some frogs. Oh and I saw one guy with a HUGE German Shepherd. Lol thank god he was friendly

Diverse

I have been strolling this trail since I was very young. great place to take the family for a hike.

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

Good stroll around the lake. Always less busy than the village trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the trail as this was my first time backpacking.

hiking
2 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.

trail running
2 months ago

Almost a perfect trail running trail for beginners, trail is mostly gravel with a few not so bad up and downs. Park is really clean, and at-least the day I was around I had the place to myself.

Close parking to refuel between laps, bathroom at the entrance, only real downside is I had 0 cell phone reception the whole Time I was in the park.

Wanted to try the run all the trails in one shot, once you got to the far turn on the big trail which to be fair is just a fire lane, it was completely over grown with very little traffic. You had to be careful about what you was stepping on seeing as the weeds was chest high for miles.

The first few smaller trails was more heavily trafficked by bikes than hikers it seemed. The smaller trails also had far better markings than trail 8. Once you got onto trail 8 it could be very easy to wander of the trail especially around the big turn. Overall I spent about 2 and a half hours doing the full circuit.

Another downside is the distance you need to park from the trail head was a bit annoying.

Bridge was still out and you did need to get your feet wet on the poorly marked reroute coming and going which didn’t help.


If you just want to take a casual stroll through the woods, stick to trails 1-4 and you’ll probably have a good time (after the bridge is rebuilt). Other than that wouldn’t recommend going the full distance on this one.

Yesterday was brutal as I 2asnt mentally prepared for a 4 mile hike. We did it though in under 3.5 hours.

Very pretty! Ran into a handful of people. Your feet will most likely get wet! Will be back

Bridge out. Rerouted but have to walk through 4 inch deep stream. Since this is someone’s gravel driveway not sure you could find rocks to use for hopping or if they’d be there when you returned. I’ll wait til the bridge is replaced

hiking
2 months ago

This trail only took about 3 hours to hike. I wouldn’t rate it as hard, it’s an easy/moderate trail. There was definitely a section of gravel road that I was disappointed to hike about halfway through the trail: bug and mosquito infested by the way. So in warmer times of year bring a buff to cover your ears/face because you’ll likely need it. After re-entering the trail from the gravel road, you’ll go down into a creek bed which is the best part of the trail!

hiking
2 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.

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