Explore the most popular views 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
11 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
18 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.

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
2 months 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.

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

The views became monotonous.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Lovvveeeddddd gorgeous views too

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
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Challenging elevation changes. Very peaceful.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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