Explore the most popular kid friendly 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Good views. Like the dam and the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

What a beautiful day.

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

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

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

Pretty hike but very crowded

hiking
9 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Challenging elevation changes. Very peaceful.

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It was pretty dry, but I can see that if it was muddy it would be almost impossible.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great trail!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fairly difficult hike but worth it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nice hike. No one around today.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Ok, leisurely walk around a small lake.

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

It really makes no difference if you take this trail clockwise or counterclockwise! This trail can get pretty muddy after a good rain.

*NOTE* This trail is not ideal for older adults or individuals with mobility issues. If you're planning a trip with someone who needs these sorts of considerations, I recommend the Discovery Trail behind the Nature Center, the paved Friends Trail next to the fire tower, or possibly Trail 6 around Strahl Lake if they're up for a little bit more of a challenge!

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

A favorite trail from my years in Indiana. The last time I visited was right before I moved to Colorado, and my mom and I trekked out and back instead of around the loop. I hiked with my dog and a fully loaded pack, and I would still/also rate this hike as moderate, though the final hills on the way back do feel steep if you've been hoofing it the whole time.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great mountain biking!!!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

This was a nice little hike on a beautiful fall day. Some stairs. This is also a very busy trail. There are some boards along the bridges that need to be replaced.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Hiked it in the rain so it was pretty muddy and slick, but the fog/mist gave it a mystical quality. Not much in the way of panoramic views but the surrounding countryside was pretty. The hike is rated as "Hard", but I am not even an avid hiker and I would probably list it as Moderate (a few inclines to get the heart pumping but nothing seriously challenging). Definitely recommend hiking boots - especially if the ground is wet.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Nice little hike half of it is down hill and half up hill watch out for the rattle snakes.

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