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Located in the beautiful hills of Brown County off Highway 46, you will especially enjoy the variety offered in Indiana's largest state park, including nearly 20 miles of roads, with numerous scenic vistas. Comfortable accommodations at the rustic Abe Martin Lodge, large campgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, interpretive services, and extensive horse riding facilities are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year round.

Nice little loop trail. Fairly easy hike. Perfect distance for a quick hike in the woods.

Hiked this 01/07/19, from Ogle Lake and Trail 4. There is indeed still a tree down blocking the trail between the steps on Trail 5 and the parking lot in the campgrounds. Someone has made a workaround path around it, but it is slippery when muddy and a little steep. We managed it, but it was a little tricky.

20 days ago

nice walk, first walk

Family trip for New Year's Day, 7 and 8 year olds led 90% of the way. Fun downhill start with loop around the lake then back up for the finish! Over 400 stairs round-trip, but plenty of natural, well-kept trail.

There is a detour due to some stairs that collapsed. To detour around from the lodge take trail 3. Go down the hill past the amphitheater and follow the trail to the parking lot for the horse track. At that point you will see metal signposts pointing to the left for trail 2 while trail 3 goes right.

One of my friends favorite trail. We went late fall. It was nice to see water in the streams and in areas we have not seen all year.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice late fall hike with the wife and 2 dogs. The pretty leaves are long gone, but still good things to look at with the lake and terrain. Enjoyable hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I normally go on more backwoods trails. I went to the nature center that had a bird growing window, and from there hit the trail. This trail had stairs and can be difficult for anyone with knee issues. I found the trail easy, quick, a great place for a photo of the lake with fall colors. It has roots on the path around the lake and there's a small waterfall. (I feel it's an exaggeration to say waterfall). I would do this trail again for the colors and picture opportunities, plus, the nature center with the knowledgeable and friendly rangers. ...if ...its late in the day and you need to fit a hike in, go here.

Watch out this trail is under construction so hard to complete the loop right now.
Don’t know how but my garmin GPS recorded 2.8 miles not as advertised, other than that awesome views.

Trail is an out and back right now due to downed trees. Went out with our kids and had to turn around. There is a sign in. Sheet at the beginning. Nothing was noted about the trail damage.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked Trail 7 around Ogle lake today about 1 week past prime fall colors, but the Beech and Maple trees were still beautiful. The trail felt a little shorter than the claimed 1.5 miles, but we didn't track it to be certain. Quite easy trail with little to no elevation to speak of. Although trail maps show the trail going away from the lake a bit on the North side, it appears the trail does stay near waters edge the entire loop. Heavily trafficked especially during prime times in the park. Nice views of the lake on all sides.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail overall. Other than the long uphill stairs and one other short section, the trail was not too difficult and mostly flat or slight inclines/declines. My wife and I started from Ogle Parking Lot and hiked in a counterclockwise direction. We were about 1 week past prime fall colors, but still beautiful as the Beech Trees and occasional Maple were beautiful. The trail map provided at the gates are not drawn to scale or at least not that great to rely on in regard to how close you are to a road, etc. The rail actually goes right next to Hesitation Point and the main road whereas on the trail map provided, it is not that close. Trail markings were mostly good. Also, it appears unless you hike out and back to the West Overlook, the trail is closer to 3.2 miles than 3.5 miles. We will hike again in the future.

trail running
3 months ago

Seems to be a theme in Brown county state park. There wasn't very good markings of where the trail actually was or where it changed to #5. I'm glad I had this app to help me know where to go.
Though, it was a beautiful area with some pretty steep inclines.

trail running
3 months ago

Best views in Indiana. Nice rolling hills great for a day hike or to venture out with the family.

backpacking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

Great path if it was marked correctly

We enjoyed it.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail! Great hike with kids!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with kids!

on Hiking Trail 10

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is well marked, offering a variety of paths - rocky, root strewn, well-packed earth, and natural stairs created by stones. We went early (9:45 am) and took our time so the inclines didn’t seem daunting. Noticed more valley scenes that vistas. Little bit of rain, but with the leaves still intact, we hardly felt a drop. Nice experience and exercise. Would definitely recommend.

good conditioning from lake to bench.

It was fun, a little challenging and about the right distance for a moderate hike. There was only one place where the direction sign was missing that kept us from staying on path but thanks to the AllTrails map we corrected rather quickly.

hiking
5 months ago

We were the only hikers out amongst the mountain bikers. It was a great hike, long but peaceful. We had our dog with us and he did great! We will be back.

Nice easy trail

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice back country trail. Can be overgrown in the summer. Bring your own water or filter.

hiking
6 months ago

Walked this trail with me 2 yr old grandson and his mom. Excellent day.

6 months ago

Hard rain but we persevered. Can’t wait to return and try it dry

Challenging enough to be interesting without being too long or exhausting on a hot day in July. Saw lots of turtles and one adult northern water snake

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