Looking for a great trail in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, Indiana? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve ranging from 1.7 to 3.1 miles and from 606 to 803 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

If you’re an older person you won’t be able to do this trail unless you trek through some brush. The trail seems to not be labeled and it’s difficult to figure out which way to go at times. Make sure you go all the way clockwise or counterclockwise when doing this depending on which way you want to end.

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muddy
1 month ago

This is a short, easy trail located very close to the heart of Bloomington! While being relatively easy, there is a steep hill to start out the loop (in either direction). I personally prefer to take the trail clockwise- but both directions are just fine. The trail does get fairly muddy after rains and parts of it can stay muddy for several weeks after a substantial rain. This is a popular trail but if you are able to hit it early in the morning, or in the afternoon in a too-hot-to-be-out kind of weekday you can have it pretty much to yourself. Of particular interest to those hiking with small kids- there are frequently dozens, or hundreds, of small toads on the eastern part of the trail during late spring/early summer!

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

love this trail

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muddy
scramble
2 months ago

It was a bit muddy and slippery in places due to recent rain. There is one point where the trail takes you down to the lake , it’s got quite a bit of lose rock and I wish I’d had my walking stick with me. I love this trail though.

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bugs
muddy
2 months ago

I live in Bloomington, so it’s nice to be out in the woods in 15 minutes. This trail is great-nice views of the lake. It’s more difficult than I thought, though. Some slick spots and steep hills. Not complaining, just an FYI. Also, this trail isn’t a loop.

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muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Really pretty trail. Not super groomed so be ready to walk over water and tree roots. Pretty close to the road. Overall I had a pretty good experience and my dog loved it!

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3 months ago

waterfall was cool. right next to a children’s playground which makes it a noisier hike but still decent

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4 months ago

Nice little hike! Loved seeing the waterfall. Great short hike for families and little kids.

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muddy
washed out
4 months ago

The creek has flooded a few times this spring, which has washed out the trail in a number of places. Hopefully, the trail will improve with new growth and some maintenance.

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muddy
6 months ago

I took the H (hiking) trail up along the ridgeline. Very pretty, dense woods, even on a cloudy, damp day. A few peaks at the lake below on the switchback end of the trail, but mostly dense woods Lots of muddy spots, given all the rain recently, but doable even in my tennis shoes. Saw 3 deer and several squirrels. Was surprised at highway noise this which detracts from the nature a bit.

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muddy
6 months ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end. Trail is very wet and washed out. Bring your mud gear. Great little fall. Paved trail half way there and then mud the rest of the way.

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7 months ago

I love this trail. Steep cliff faces and views of the lake through most of the trail. Some challenging hills, especially when muddy. One technical part that is almost a climb. Took my border collie and she loved it. It’s a bit of a walk to the trailhead because parking is at bottom of hill. Cars drive way too fast on the road next to Griffy.

A couple steep slopes but otherwise an easy hike. Nothing spectacular in terms of view.

beautiful trail. clearly marked the whole way

Needs some work, there were a few moments where we lost the trail. No trail markers, so I’m not certain how far we actually walked. Otherwise, it was nice and quiet with a great view of the lake!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

If you walk entire trail you'll find the gem of this trail. At the south end of the trail is a waterfall, hence the Cascades Park name.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Beautiful scenery with the lake. The trail needs work. As we approached the top corner of the lake the trail basically disappeared, so we made our way back having got a total of 1.4 miles from start to finish.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Not a bad hike, but definitely a very easy hike. I'm not sure why it's rated as moderate. Nice for an afternoon/evening hike.

Nice trail when it’s not busy. Go on a weekday if you can. Parking can get tricky on nice days.

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