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great place.

a definite repeat for sure.

Fun small hike but I'm not sure if I'd recommend. Parts of the trail are grown up(August 2018). I use deet spray but still check for ticks. Only two managed to get on me.

This trail seemed to not be traveled often as there are spiders and web everywhere. I can deal with webs but come on... Not every 5 feet.

I also picked up what I believe to be chiggers bites on my lower legs/ankles. No big deal... It has just made for an itchy couple of days. I hope the next leg of the trail isn't as bad.

The trail isn't really that hard in my opinion. Miles 4 to 5 get a little steep but it doesn't last long.

I'm not sure if I'll ever take this leg of the trail again.

been hiking our beloved k.t since 1982

rugged trail. breathtaking views. like being in the appalachians

backpacking
1 month ago

Ticks everywhere. The trail was overgrown and I couldn’t help but get these tiny ticks all over my legs. Bring lots of bug spray!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very poorly marked trails. Very easy to get lost. Very very overgrown trails. Very steep trails throughout. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to even my worst enemy.

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.

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

trails are in awful shape

hiking
1 month 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!

trail running
2 months ago

Nice hike, has a little bit of everything. Little creek sidewalk, some vertical accent and decent, had a little walk on a gravel road. Would recommend you bring a stick for cobwebs, and possibly long pants. Some areas were a little overgrown. A good break away from typical Brown county hikes, probably will end up doing it again down the road.

could be a really neat trail but hilljacks on horses have brutalized it.

backpacking
2 months ago

Went with my wife on her first backpacking trip. Didn’t get full trail in and had spots that were grown over and had to carefully look for blazes. Plan to do myself in the near future.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail itself is nice., Good inclines, white diamond blazes on the trees. The trail head sign was slightly covered today. My friend and I hiked it counter clockwise. To hike it clockwise walk down the gravel road a bit and pick up the trail with the sign that is marked “High King Hill”.

If hiking it counter clockwise you’ll come to a shared trail/road that has blazes all along the way and it eventually comes to a T. Go left and you’ll see trail markers on the left. It says it’s the Tecumseh trail but it carried the white diamond blazes and brought us to the bottom of High king hill. A few downed trees at one point which required climbing but nothing hard.

The road in is gravel and had signs that cautioned about flooding. So keep in mind how much rain we’ve had when you’re heading to the trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

My wife and i starting at Rock Creek Trail head and moving counterclockwise. we cached two gallons water one at Pioneer Picnic Shelter and one where the trail crosses Cold Friday Road,we Hiked approximately 17 Miles(counting the reroute) the first day and camped at Homestead Overnight Shelter on Day two we hiked 11.4 miles to are car we did get a pretty hard rain storm early the morning of the last day we where there but the creeks where steal dry. We complete the trail in two days and one night. The trail is pretty challenging with lots of ups and downs. There is a reroute at Pioneer Picnic Shelter that includes a road walk and an incredibly muddy and poorly marked horse trail that was pretty terrible. The overgrown parts of the trail has a very high Deer & Wood Tick presence. Water is very scarce on this trail as well, with lots of dry creek-beds witch we new that why you shoud cache water along the trail all in all we did have a OK time but will not becoming back any time soon this trail would be good to hike in early spring or late fall when the ticks are not so bad.

This was a very challenging hike. The amount switchbacks were surprising. I have gone on plenty of other hikes, but the bugs on this one was too much. Nats, big spiders, plenty of mosquitos. On the second day of the hike the trail came to a fork in the road, with no sign as which way to go. That added more time to the trip. We ended up having to hitch hike back to the car.

trail and hike was great BUT like the good State of IN. no notices of logging, closures and detours. We hiked within .25mi of night shelter and was met with closures and detour. Sleeping out is great except when one has planned for a shelter for the night.
Other than the unannounced closures and Detours the trail is good the hike was great.

backpacking
4 months ago

Our plan was to complete the trail in two days and one night. The trail is pretty challenging with lots of ups and downs. There is a reroute on the Southwest edge of the trail that includes a road walk and an incredibly muddy horse trail that was pretty terrible. Can't speak for the East side of the trail (see story below) but the West half was very overgrown in parts and has a very high Deer & Wood Tick presence. We pulled about 2 dozen off my legs alone after our first day despite Permethrin treated clothing and Picaridin bug spray application. Water is very scarce on this trail as well, with lots of dry creekbeds. Most of the water sources that we found were contaminated with horse excrement due to the high volume of horseback riders.

Hiked approximately 15 miles the first day (counting the reroute) starting at Rock Creek Trailhead and moving counterclockwise. Before we started hiking we cached two gallons water where the trail crosses Cold Friday Road, by the time we got to the cache the following evening, someone had taken every drop of our water. This left us exhausted, with very little water, and the sun just off the horizon. Ended up having to cut our trip short and road walk out the next morning. Thankfully we were able hitchhike on a local's tailgate back to our car. My suggestion would be to hide and label your water if you decide to cache water. Hopefully someone isn't as inconsiderate to your adventure as they were to ours.

Very challenging trial, marked ok, but no water sources, creeks are always dry, Mid-May we were constantly pulling ticks off.

backpacking
4 months ago

I agree with other hikers that this is definitely a horse trail. Very difficult to walk on the path due to hoof imprints in the ground. There was a nice small strip above the lake, however, where horseback riders aren’t allowed. We didn’t go down all of the way due to storms, so I’m not sure how the rest of it looks, though. Probably won’t go back, but it was a quick getaway hike within short driving distance.

backpacking
4 months ago

I hated this trail. It was marked fine but terrain that could have easily been done with switchbacks was straight up and down. We did most of it in two days, but ended up hitching it out at our second water drop because the second shelter was closed due to logging. We didn't find out until we got to the first shelter.

I was able to walk it in a day but I started at 6 A.M. and finished at 8:30 P.M. It is a challenging trail with plenty of hills to climb. I would recommend taking at least 2 days to hike it if you have time. Also pay close attention at the detour to stay on the right trail. I didn't rate it very high because the woods are logged and there's not much to see. I would rather hike in old growth forests where you don't have to worry about getting sunburnt, but if your looking for a challenge this is the place to go.

This trail is amazing for Southern Indiana. I backpacked the trail in about 31 hours by myself at a higher-moderate pace. Plan on bringing about 3-4 gallons depending on your length of stay. There are great places to plant water along the route as well as a couple of maps online to plan ahead. During spring, the river portion of the trail was extremely muddy and the trail became more of a guess and check mentality. Certain routes at about the halfway point were closed down due to forestry efforts in the area, but the re-route wasn't bad at all. Definitely would recommend

backpacking
5 months ago

Difficult trail from ascent/descent to water availability to navigation.

backpacking
5 months ago

This was a challenging, but fun, trail. We started out last Friday and finished Sunday. I must say, the Southern part of the trail is much more difficult than the Northern. At one point West of the Old Iron Bridge, there is no trail. Only thick mud so it was difficult to follow anything and very slow going for about a mile and a half. Friday we hammock camped at the Pioneer shelter and woke up to a downpour. From there, hiking counter clockwise, we hit the detour which includes a road hike for about a mile or so. Once back on the trail it was decent for the rest of the detour. Although. it does take you on a horse trail, which in the rain, is a muddy mess. Night 2 we stayed at the Indian Creek shelter, again in our hammocks and the rain came again. The 9 mile hike out the next day was a breeze. Overall this is a very nice trail with some challenging climbs. Especially in the rain. We didn't need our water drops either day because there was water EVERYWHERE. I will caution you, when we got there Friday morning, everything was dry. So, if you're going and there is not a 100% chance of rain, drop off water.

Lovely walk in the woods. Up a hill, along a ridge and fire road, down into a valley with streams, back up to the ridge, then down to the parking lot.

Pretty fun trail! A lot more up and down than expected. Be sure to pack lots of water and drop off water at one of the shelters along the trail.

The area west of the Old Iron Bridge along the river becomes a thick muddy swamp for 1.5 miles. It's slow going and can be hard to follow the trail.

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