Explore the most popular wildlife 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 easy trail

hiking
30 days ago

Walked this trail with me 2 yr old grandson and his mom. Excellent day.

Hard rain but we persevered. Can’t wait to return and try it dry

Challenging enough to be interesting without being too long or exhausting on a hot day in July. Saw lots of turtles and one adult northern water snake

2 months ago

The trail was a lot of the same view throughout. Lots of trees and wooden steps. Glad I wore long pants due to the path being narrow and overgrown with weeds. Trees down and in the path requiring you to climb over. For a lot of the hike you can actually see and hear traffic due to the trail being so close to the road. Not my favorite hike, probably wouldn’t pursue it again.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail, easy walk to a really nice lake also

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike for a beginner but absolutely rewarding and worth it upon completion!

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
6 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!

hiking
10 months ago

The views became monotonous.

Pretty hike but very crowded

11 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
11 months ago

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

walking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Challenging elevation changes. Very peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

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