Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Nice hike downhill and down stairs from the nature center towards the lake loop and back.

hiking
4 days ago

Trail 5, Trail 4, nature preserve... great area of brown county. Connect to ogle lake loop to extend hike. Valley between ridges especially pretty with streams and lots of diverse plants and flowers. Ecology transitions as the stream delta meets the lake and you can find turtles sitting on logs in the sun and snakes swimming in the lake.

We did Brown County park in Spring with leaves just coming out. Wild flowers in bloom however. I would love to repeat in fall with the colors!

16 days ago

Great trail, clearly marked, the steps made for a good workout! Will be back again!

hiking
22 days ago

Combine this trail with the loop around Ogle Lake (trail 7) for a 3+ mile trek.

hiking
22 days ago

Easy hike, particularly nice on a fall day. Can get busy.

trail running
26 days ago

Great Trail! I went on a rainy week day and didn't see anyone else despite nearly 3 hours of running. The trails are well maintained and full of small rolling hills and stream crossings.

My only complaint would be the lack of markings. I kept having to look at my map as there were virtually no marks on the trails.

Nice little trail around the lake. Well traveled so markers aren’t really needed. Muddy this time of year since we’ve had a lot of rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. If you love to hike close to the creek this is a great trail for that once you make the decent to the bottom. Trail markers are well placed and in good shape.

Trail head is at the West watch tower. Plenty of parking for this time of year. I imagine it probably gets full quickly during warmer weather. Picnic benches at the trail head. Grass space available for a picnic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Great look out about half way. Has a lot of steps built to make your climb easy. Even for beginners this would be great

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.

hiking
3 months ago

What a beautiful day.

trail running
5 months ago

G
reat trail for running and loved attacking & surging up the long inclines!
Well-suited for endurance training!

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Times of heavy rains can be a slight problem on trail. Low lying areas near Ogle Lake could be flooded. There are also several small creeks you have. to cross. The trail ends when it meets trail#5, continue on 5 to trail #5 to it's trailhead. Nice views of Ogle Lake and woods. Steep climb to trailhead#5.

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

The views became monotonous.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Lovvveeeddddd gorgeous views too

Pretty hike but very crowded

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

A nice hike with a couple of challenging climbs. It is best to hike this trail in a clockwise direction. This allows you to take a short rest at the CCC shelter before finishing the last quarter mile back to the trailhead.

hiking
9 months ago

A great hike with a number of steep inclines. The lookout building makes for a nice resting point.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail has a step ascent that makes swift walking difficult for those with breathing obstruction.

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.

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