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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is home to several rare plant species and is considered one of the best remaining examples of mature upland forest in this area. Due to these unusual and fragile characteristics, as well as the scientific value of the land, this area has been set aside for preservation and protection. To help protect the unique features and qualities of this natural area, some activities are prohibited, including horseback riding, mountain biking, off-road vehicles, dumping, military excursions, campfires, and swimming.

Great trail. Copperhead are pretty prominent in the area though. Our dog did get bit and the vet said he usually gets loads of bite wounds from the Griffy area. Snakes are always a possibility so be careful.

on Boat House Trails

hiking
5 months ago

Well-maintained and well-marked. Griffy Creek Trail (C), and Lanam Trail (L) continue beyond the nature preserve's boundaries. Griffy Creek Trail parallels a dry stream bed that offers geodes, fossils, and a chance to meet some turtles.

beautiful views, some down trees. no big deal. some difficult spots, great hike. I did mine when the sun was rising, amazing.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a nice trail. We completed the 3.3 mile round trip with our 4 year old, 3 year old and 4 month old. Some parts were really in need of repair, they have been almost completely washed out. That said, the trail was beautiful and it was nice to have picnic tables by the lake for lunch before heading back on the trail for the trip back.

10 months ago

Great lunch break but needs some cleaning.

10 months ago

Best to come during week if possible.

trail running
11 months ago

Griffy Creek trail is a nice flat trail run, though there are a few places where you just hop the (shallow) creek. RT from parking lot to end of trail is just over 5k

Good trails but not well marked. Very glad for app GPS!

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Did both the North Shore Trail and Loop. Both were very exciting and fun, with a lot of altitude changes and great views. Although the trail is not marked well at all, the path is pretty cleared out so you can find your way through. So many nice spots to sit next to the water. Definitely recommend this one for avid hikers!

Very beautiful trails with awesome info signs and sights! Besides it being muddy, it was an enjoyable loop. Definitely recommend

hiking
Friday, March 18, 2016

Trail was not very well marked, and we were confused a lot about where to go - but in the end it was a good, solid hike. Should be rated "moderate" in my opinion, there were a lot of slippery, steep hills and even a rock face we weren't sure how to get around. Very pretty, though - I will be doing it again now that I know the route!

paddle sports
Friday, January 08, 2016

Nice trail but the best thing about this spot is kayak rentals. Nice bird watching. A fun place to go but crowded on nice summer days.

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Just a beautiful fall day in Bloomington. Trails were marked well. Lots of leaves so you just had to watch your step for rocks and roots. We combined a few trails for a good 5 mile hike. It was pretty busy, but never too many people to slow us down.

trail running
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Well maintained easy to navigate trails very close to town. With that they can be pretty "high traffic" but thats to be expected when you have such great trails this accessible. I love to use the trails for trail running because they are closer to my home than Pate Hallow, and there is still plenty to see along the way. All of griffy would be great to take out younger children or those of you who want to get out in the woods but don't have time to run out to the Deam or Morgan Monroe.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Great trails

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Griffy Lake is a beautiful and well maintained nature preserve just outside of Bloomington. The trails are easy to moderate, in good condition, with trail heads close to the boathouse and parking area. These trails aren't the longest you will hike in Indiana by any stretch, but they make it up in scenery. Many of the trails hug the edge of Griffy Lake, bending around steep vertical banks and rock shelves (there are also plenty of flat rocks for skipping, just mind the boating enthusiasts). Kayak and canoe rentals are available at the boathouse and charge by the hour. Unfortunately, camping and campfires are not permitted.

Multiple trails make up the system around Griffy Reservoir (aka Griffy Lake). These trails are visited frequently and range from easy to moderate. The trails are decently maintained and well marked. There are numerous sites to pause and admire almost the system including the lake and numerous streams-creeks. There are trail closures due to weather, damage, and research areas so watch for posted signs at trail heads.

hiking
Saturday, November 08, 2014

Nice loop trail that connects to the IU Research Trails. This one has some shorter trails that branch off from it including one that leads down to the lake. Lots of deer on the trail this morning.

hiking
Saturday, November 08, 2014

Nice set of trails just south of Griffy Lake. Trails on both sides of the road and most are really well marked loop trails with lots to see and some info signs about the preserve along the way.

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