Photos of O Bannon Woods State Park Trails

backpacking
1 month ago

I've backpacked this trail 4 times. Here is all you need to know.

1. Get a map, but don't depend on it. The maps they have for this trail are not great. The "rendezvous point" is not marked on trail with a sign of any type.
2. Water sources are scarce. Stash water and make sure you mark your water.
3. Backpacking this trail in the summer is hellacious. Ticks are insanely bad. I've pulled over 60 off of my body on this trail before.
4. There are only 2 real shelters on this trail. Both are pretty cool. One is historic with a chimney, the other overlooks the Ohio. The Ohio shelter is very, very cool.
5. Parking at Disabled Hunter is a good spot to park. You can hit the trail just down the road opposite the direction of the the park entrance.
6. Show up when the office is staffed or the front gate is staffed and ASK ABOUT ANY REROUTES OR TIMBER THINNING. This is a HUGE pain in the ass to deal with if you get blindsided by it.
7. All creek beds are dry.
8. Go in the Fall when the leaves first turn and the disease carrying psychos are gone. The trail is completely worth backpacking then.

This trail has so much potential. It could be so much greater than it is. Props to those who upkeep the shelters. Take your trash out with you, ya dingus's!!