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Great trail, easy to navigate. Lots of spider webs, but hey, we are in the woods.

OH MY GOD! Tick city!! Three of us went on this trail and yes, it was beautiful but took a terrible turn towards the end with all the ticks. Beautiful hike but beware!

backpacking
8 days ago

We did a two day overnight on this trail. Camp sites are nice. Will do again in future.

walking
12 days ago

Horrible. Not worth it. Trails need to be cleared of brush and many parts are not walkable. Full of poison ivy and ticks. No warnings about how the place has become overrun with ticks until you do a lot of digging on the Hoosier National Forest website. I hope no one gets Lyme Disease here. Please go somewhere else.

Camped out here for a night...beautiful spiders, huge range of insects and daddy longlegs, keep your tent zipped up! August poison Ivy and ticks in abundance, the spiders so thick it's like watching the ground move. Totally overgrown trail with no usage, not many flat spots to camp for over half a mile...with your gear on you. be smart....wait until late fall.

Overgrown; covered in poison ivy, stickers and spider webs. Lake campsites are nice though.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail! Would not grade it as hard. More of the high end of moderate. Well marked. Dachshund friendly. Great workout. No real excess to the lake.

hiking
22 days ago

I'm not sure if these directions are correct. The trail they take you to is so overgrown. I thought people pay to get into Indiana state parks/forests? What does Indiana use that money for?

Not extremely scenic and the trail was littered with spider webs. Bring plenty of water as well, drank about 3 liters myself on the hike. The overlooks of the lakes however are pretty, and at one end of the trail, you end up walking through an open prairie which is a nice break from the woods.

Gorgeous views. We actually hiked at Hemlock on a rainy day, and it was a lot of fun.

Moderate well marked and not busy. , but mid July @ 94 degrees may not be the best time to try it.

Beautiful views along the way. Waterfall was a lighter flow than what I was expecting. But still very peaceful, not a crowded trail.

The trail was very overgrown in some places and there wasn’t really much as far as “neat scenery” to see. Ticks were terrible and after cutting the hike short a couple miles and taking a dirt road back to my car I found over 30 ticks on myself. Maybe I must have just done this trail at the wrong time of the year, but not sure I’m even up for trying it again at a different time of the year. Ooh and there was horse droppings EVERYWHERE along the trail.

Was on this trail yesterday and got lost when I got to the Creek… Not very well marked on the other side. Literally spent four hours yelling for help. Luckily I remembered honeycomb rock when I saw it and was able to find the path again. One of the scariest days of my life.

It’s a decent trail with low traffic. Not hard but not a moderate run either.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail and quite scenic. Watch out for ticks in the overgrown grassy areas. Also, those spiders like to web at face level :).

There was Horse poop, deep mud and to many spider webs ! An easy hike on gravel that I am not fond of especially when going down hill. I did enjoy the view of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

David and I decided to go even tho the forecast called for more rain. It turned out to be a good day for hiking with no rain. We left the parking lot at the trail head and went on the western loop. We had read that the eastern loop was more flat and dry. The whole trip of 10.8 miles was mostly level with a mild hill here and there. One thing that was relayed to us that was correct was the muddy condition. They have had a lot of rain lately and the trail showed it. There was good water in every creek crossing which is not usual. There was also three small ponds along the way. I carry a filter always and on this hike I could have left the bigger water container at the truck. On this hike I must say that the eastern part of the loop was a lot more muddy. The maintenance personnel had done a good job of keeping the trail open. The night before we hiked this area had a little wind. There was several small limbs across the trail but nothing that caused any trouble for us. The trail had been mowed within the last two or three days so for the most part the trail was in good shape. There are ticks out there. I used deet and did not have one on me. David did not use deet and had at least four. I liked the fact that we had the option of making the trip shorter if we ran out of time. Another good point for this trail is you are in an area that has several wild caves close by. On a future hike we may make this hike in one day then camp and the next day do a cave trip. Lots to do in this area.

beautiful place to get away from it all.

backpacking
2 months ago

Good trail, don't do it after a rain though, trail will be really muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Not too many people on a Saturday morning. Not a "hard" trail as stated, closer to a moderate.

hiking
2 months ago

Not what we expected. Very secluded at the end of a dead end road. The trail was very over grown in areas, very little scenery and some portions were in bad shape related to horses. The biggest issue we had is the area is badly invested with TICKS!. This is not a trail we will do againn. There are too many other beautiful trails. No area to sit either before or aftert the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Cell signal made it easy to follow the map.

Been going here for years and it's still one of my favorite places to go in the Southern Indiana Area! Very nice and peaceful place to go and get away from people for a day or two!

hiking
2 months ago

A good choice for us. Good shade from the heat, good variety of up and downhills. Very pretty, but lacking in scenic lookouts since there's no large peaks around. I'm 45 in fair shape and would consider the full loop moderate. Don't let the 'hard' label worry you too much. We spotted several toads, a few turtles, a snake, and some very active fish once we reached the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday, May 26, in late afternoon on a hot and humid day. On the entry trail, I saw a few hikers and campers, but shortly after taking the right to start the loop, the trail was empty. The initial descent went fast. I did not have any problems with spider webs, although there were some annoying flys that liked dive bombing my head for part of the way. At the bottom of the first descent, I passed a group of husband, wife, kid and the wife was not looking happy and wanted to turn around, presumably because of the kamikaze flys in that area. I pressed on and was soon past the threat.

On one of the ridges up higher, I encountered an area with some open space and very tall trees. Here I spooked a very large bird. On my drive in down the gravel road, I saw an owl, so my first thought was that this too was a large owl, but another flash of it seemed to show a big bushy tail that made me think wild turkey. And then shortly later, i found a hawk feather, so it is still a mystery if i saw a hawk, turkey, or owl, either way it was a huge bird, very impressive.

Later I approached a small stagnant stream where suddenly dozens of frogs, spooked by my approach, began leaping en masse into the water. Then towards the end of the hike, I noticed a 3 foot garter snake slithering away and managed to snap a pic.

Deep towards the final leg of the loop, the trail splits at a really wide portion of trail. I decided to extend my hike a few more miles and take this path less traveled. The trail dead-ended at a random cemetery in the middle of the wilderness. I tried following what looked like a path to regain the trail, but it led me deep into untracked wilderness. I used my phone GPS and the AllTrails app to try to follow where the trail should be, but I ended up just getting cut up by thorn bushes and covered in ticks! Just as I was going to give up and bushwhack back, I noticed the semblance of an old trail, untraveled for several years. It was still hard going, but at least I was able to pick up my pace. I should have looked closer at the map because it did say the trail was (old). I was relieved when I finally made it to the Axiom branch where I promptly removed 3 ticks from my calves and spider webs from my hair. By this point, I just wanted a hot shower and a McDouble, so I double timed it out of there and didn’t look back.

Overall great hike if you ignore my adventurous stupidity made possibly by my overconfidence in gps :)

Beautiful & just the right length to take my mom on her first hike. Most beautiful after a rainfall so one can see the waterfall in action.

Very awesome hike with neat views. I took my puppy and ended up going 6 miles for 3 hours total. Two other people had dogs and both were off leash, so that was annoying. One was well trained but the other was obnoxious and got my dog too excited. Also passed by lots of backpackers and runners. Ended up with 4 ticks at the end, so watch out.

edited to add that it definitely wasn't too hard but it was moderate.

My husband and I stopped at a campsite in Hoosier on the way back from Shawnee and the camp host told us we HAD to hike this while we were in the area. She was right! This was an amazing hike and although the trail is on the shorter side, you can spend hours here checking out the caves, waterfalls, streams and rock formations. Unfortunately the falls were kind of a trickle when we were there, but that made the streams fairly dry which isolated little pools full of life, there were fish, crayfish, salamanders. Absolutely take the little optional loop halfway through which takes you to an awesome cave.

3 months ago

SAFETY WARNING: this trail is located 5 miles from birdseye trail in birdseye. This trail has no mile markers and doesnt lisy the distance at the start either. it is 3 times the distance 11.8 miles. Most importantly this trail is not listed in google maps, whereas birdseye trail in birdseye that is 12 miles long and unmarked IS. I dont know what ridiculous oversight allowed this to happen but any experienced hiker knows this is extremely dangerous to a non experienced hiker. the trail being rated as "easy" , this should certainly be noted. This is a disgrace. I almost died as the sun was going down and there are bobcats in the area and i had no extra water or food beyond the 2 bottles i brought and an apple. Found out i can call 911 on satellite.

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