Explore the most popular lake 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 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
15 days 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
22 days 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.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful day.

trail running
4 months ago

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

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

hiking
6 months ago

The views became monotonous.

Pretty hike but very crowded

7 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
7 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

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!

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.

9 months ago

little weedy this time of year. nice hike though

hiking
10 months ago

Great hiking trail!

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 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.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Loved this little loop. Started at Racoon Ridge Campground, headed to Ogle lake via Trail 4 and did a quick loop around it then headed up trail 9. There were some steep parts getting up to the Trail 9 loop but it was well-worth it. Super quiet up there. Only ran into one other (very friendly) person. We let the dogs run around off leash up there. There was a great picnic stop up there too.

This would also be a great trail running loop

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Loved this little loop. Started at Racoon Ridge Campground, headed to Ogle lake via Trail 4 and did a quick loop around it then headed up trail 9. There were some steep parts getting up to the Trail 9 loop but it was well-worth it. Super quiet up there. Only ran into one other (very friendly) person. We let the dogs run around off leash up there. There was a great picnic stop up there too.

This would also be a great trail running loop

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

Just an FYI - you might want to consider taking the trail clockwise (turn left at the first wooden bridge) otherwise you walk up the 150-step staircase instead of down it (:

*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
Sunday, November 20, 2016

This trail didn't fee at all "remote". It's well marked and has some interesting features but definitely not anything to write home about. I'd come again with family.

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
Sunday, October 30, 2016

If you are a serious hiker stay away from this trail.
Way to many people.
You think you are hiking to a remote lake but what do you find but a parking lot with a play ground with a tun of people.
Also a good portion of the hike runs along the road.
For the casual hiker it may be ok but not for serious hiker.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Without intending to, I hiked this counter-clockwise. I am sure this increased the challenge, but I figure it just builds more muscle :) Very nice trail. There is quite a bit of poison ivy along the trail in the beginning, so be careful. I added trail 7 around Ogle Lake. Not sure why this is showing I gave it three stars. I gave it five.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

While a lot of the board walks are in bad shape (many are broken or have been flooded to make them tilted) this is such a beautiful hike it deserves 5 stars. Tacked this on to my trail 8 hike, so it didn't bother me that it is pretty short.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Good solid hike on well marked trails. Took the family and went counter-clockwise. Should have read the reviews first because about 3.5 miles into the trek was almost 150 steps up. At least they were kind enough to add a bench halfway up to catch your breath. Unfortunately the park map states it is 3.5 miles but both mine and my son's pedometers put it between 4.8 and 5 miles. My kids thought I tricked them into a longer hike than they wanted.
Lots of roots and fallen trees which adds interest to the trail - watch your step.

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