Explore the most popular forest trails in Brown County State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good views. Like the dam and the lake.

Peaceful trail. I hiked in winter and it was extremely quiet. It had been a while since I had been on a trail and this one was a perfect for the first one back.

1 month ago

What a beautiful day.

My wife and I are fairly experienced hikers and we both agreed this trail should be rated hard for the ascents alone. It's a real workout, but a lot of fun! Incredible views! Nice bench at the loop! Will definitely return!

We loved this trail. Beautiful views around the lake, very peaceful. My golden retriever had a great time too!

Awesome thrill ride!

This is NOT A HIKING TRAIL. This is a mountain bike only trail. It’s a very fast trail with jumps designed specifically for bikes. Very dangerous for hikers.

4 months ago

A paved trail. Ideal for the nature lover that has mobility difficulties.

5 months ago

The views became monotonous.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Lovvveeeddddd gorgeous views too

Pretty hike but very crowded

6 months ago

About the most variable terrain you can find for Indiana. Some good lookouts. The lake trail was nice too but very crowded.

6 months ago

Enjoyed our hike, with a nice breeze on a hot, humid day.

This was a nice easy hike. Most of the trail was well kept, but the west side of the lake was much less travelled and seemed to be a bit more overgrown. The trail back up to the nature center was the most difficult part of the whole thing. If you come from the Strahl Lake parking lot, there are a fair number of steps to get up to the lake.

Great trail! Good mix of elevation to keep you interested. Started at the lake and did the extension and loop and back. Took just over 3 hours.

8 months ago

Be prepared for a serious climb up some steep stairs and you'll need to climb over a down tree so if you're short like me (5feet nothing) this can present a fun challenge. Enjoy!

Started at Ogle lake, looped and finished back at the lake. Rugged feel to the trail, saw probably a dozen other hiking groups on the ~ 3 hours on the trail. There isn't much to see on this trail in the summer, it's almost completely under the canopy. Good workout though.

Easy trail, with some slight ups and downs. Heavily trafficked in June. We took this trail in combination with trails 4, 5, and 8, to make for a good 3-hour walk.

8 months ago

little weedy this time of year. nice hike though

9 months ago

Great hiking trail!

9 months ago

Very short, pretty hike. If you are looking for something more difficult I recommend taking trail 4, 5, and 8 as well.

we actually hiked this with trail 7 and 4. very nice trails and a good hike!

Great family hike with our 5 & 4-year old kids. The north lookout was the highlight of the hike.

took this trail as a night hike and followed it up to the west overlook of trail 8. looped trail 8 and met back up with 9 at the lake then finished with the 1.7 extension. all in all about 13 miles. a little under 4 hrs moving time.

10 months ago

Nice loop hike, with creeks and very pretty lake about half way. Long set of stairs make the climb out easy. Lot of down ash from ash borers. It follows the road for quite some time but traffic was mild. Highly recommend the nature center.

This trail was a challenge for a beginner hiker. The elevation changed were rough for someone out of shape. Be prepared to get feet wet as there are some Creek crossings as well as muddy places in the trails. It however is very nice as I went in the middle of the week and saw very few people. Plus being immersed in nature for 3+ hours and never heard a car or a plane was nice.

Everything turn was challenging yet fun. Can't wait to do it again and again.

11 months ago

Nice but you'll have some of trek by road... added an extra 1.2 around Lake Ogle.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Ok, leisurely walk around a small lake.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This trail meets up with trail 7 to go around the lake. It was awesome! Go the extra 1.5 miles around the lake i- it won't disappoint.

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