Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Morgan Monroe State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Our first time in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Awesome trail with some nice and easy elevation changes and a variety of landscapes to enjoy. Trail is in excellent condition and the rock formations are fun to explore.

hiking
6 days ago

Another section of the Tecumseh Trail in the books. Today it was the 10.2 miles between the Prang Pond parking area and the parking area at the gate on Scarce O' Fat Ridge Road. The section between Prang Pond and Yellowood was mostly flat, with only one big hollow. Thanks to whomever raked the trail to the top of High King Hill -- it made for an easy-to-navigate trail. The entire section was easy to discern, and blazing was excellent until the ravine on the back side of High King Hill until Scarce O' Fat Ridge road. The blazes in that section were very faded, but the trail was still easily followed. A very beautiful 60-degree sunny day (November 10, 2019) for a hike through the autumn woods.

backpacking
8 days ago

pretty good trail. nice park. only one spot to get water. honey Creek. I would suggest starting on the opposite side of the loop as honey Creek because if it's dry there won't be any water until half way around. camel up and hike to the top of the ridge and camp there.

on Tecumseh Trail

backpacking
blowdown
13 days ago

Good trail but a lot of fallen trees you got to climb over. a bit of road walking

on Tecumseh Trail

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Started at Richards Road and ended at the Prang Pond parking area on 11/2/19 for this 12+ mile section. Trail was pretty uneventful and had nice Autumn colors. All the creek crossings had water. The only complaint was that blazes were pretty sparse on the part of the trail just north of Lanam Ridge Road. With the fallen leaves obscuring the trail somewhat, it made it a little tricky at times to discern, but not overly terrible. More blazing would have rectified that. All in all, a good day's hike.

hiking
private property
17 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Decent trail but too much road, pretty average in terms of Indiana scenic views other than when you go all the way down to the “low gap.” It’s almost a sort of enclosure, you can see dozens of names carved into the stone and the temperature drops a little bit down there. Grab a buddy and hit this trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Best trail in Martinsville by far. I loved how it was mostly a narrow dirt path. A lot of trails these days have asphalt and road incorporated into the trail. This trail had very little and was a lot more secluded and enjoyable. Felt like I was lost in the forest almost, with it sometimes being a challenge to figure out which way to go. That’s what makes it fun. I saw a dead deer haha and multiple wild turkeys. Lots of spiderwebs in my face! Bring a buddy or two and hike this trail!!

hiking
26 days ago

Not good for backpacking!! Not enough sites. Sites to close to trailhead. People bringing in stuff with wagons and such.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked the section of the Tecumseh Trail that overlaps the Low Gap Trail yesterday (October 19, 2019), so today I did the section from just east of Low Gap Road to the crossing at Richards Road. Since it was getting late evening and I had no shuttle and was parked at the Bear Creek Lake pull-off, I chose to hoof it back on Richards Road past Waycross and back up Bear Creek Road to the vehicle.

running
27 days ago

Nice trail to get your blood moving and heart rate elevated. Constant ups and downs. many stream crossings that were all dried up in October, but I imagine could be quite wet and muddy in spring time. Very well marked. I didn't get lost, which is saying something

Great trail for a short little hike or run. perfect to get acclimated to running trails. trail was in good condition and well marked.

hiking
27 days ago

Got a little confused in the parking lot due to reading reviews about a gravel section and missed the trail initially and hiked the rock shelter trail and back. LOL! Oh well, it turned the hike into 12+ miles. Just in case someone is unfamiliar with the area (and to spare them my embarrassment) the Low Gap Trail crosses the parking lot close to the road. I hiked clockwise so that the oft-mentioned gravel road would be early in the hike. For future reference, the gravel section is 2.2 miles in length and is bisected by Low Gap Road. The Sweedy Hollow portion was very picturesque, with lots of interesting rock formations. Very hilly in spots, but nothing too difficult for hikers in reasonable shape. Saw a very beautiful 4-foot black rat snake out enjoying the sunny fall day. After taking a few photos, I nudged it off the trail just in case some snake hater came along and killed it out of needless fear.

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Hiked the trail over 3 days. Great trail for a beginner. Some of the hills were tough at times. Get the trail map from the Headquarters as this app was off route a couple of times. New blazes headed into Fox’s Den Shelter help tremendously. Thank you! Just a note...I think I dropped my wallet there. If you find it I’d love to hear from you. 317-417-1828. Overall great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Meh. We hiked counter clockwise and it is a typical southern Indiana trail in terms of hills and ravines. The gravel road section, which I estimate to be over 2 miles long, sucks. Nothing to look at and the gravel is rough on the feet. This is a good trail to get out and stretch your legs for 4 hours or so.

Pleasant walk in the woods to a scenic rock shelter. Only one serious climb; rather crowded for a weekend hike.

I began at the trailhead and took a left for a good day hike rather than the original ten mile loop given. Beautiful canyon with lots of good rocks. Quiet with very little traffic. Pretty steep stair climb to get out of the ravine but overall a pretty moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Like mentioned previously, trail does not follow map towards the end. Just keep going and you'll merge back on. Will work up a nice consistent sweat for you. Anyone and their mom could make the hike. If you do not train often, you will be winded torwards the 6-7 mile mark. Started at 8am and finished within 3 and a half hours. saw two solo hikers and a trail runner and that was it. Enjoy the solitude.

Trail was in good condition nothing new. My three year old son did this trail for his very first hike.

Beautiful trail that's easily marked and has cool rock cave formations that you can walk under. Few bugs out today and no issues on the trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Just finished this on an overnight trip. Not to challenging, but not easy either. There is back country camping, must see rock shelter. Good section of this trail is all gravel on a private road, not pleasant to be on. Did come across a timber rattle snake on the trail, pay attention to your surroundings here.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful very clean excellent trail

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Good trail... you walk down a gravel road for quite some time at the beginning/ end (depending how you plan it) - but it's beautiful once you get away from that. Take time to see Rock Shelter!!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Low Gap (but detoured to see Rock Shelter) ... It was a great 1st backpacking trip! Views were beautiful - everything was green & full of life! We hiked half way in and camped over night (most campsites were nice - but had a few dead trees to watch out for). Saw lots of colorful mushrooms, some flowers, & good variety of plants/ trees. Rock shelter was really neat!!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

I love this trail. It’s not a nice pleasant hike. It’s about as challenging as Indiana has to offer in the area. If you want to run something tough, take this trail. Try to be the second person to run though as it is spider city.

Great little hike. Fabulous Rockhouse. Nice woods.

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