Explore the most popular trails in O'Bannon Woods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

O'Bannon Woods State Park (formerly Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area) lies in the central and extreme southern part of the state, bordering the Ohio River. It is nestled inside 26,000-acre Harrison Crawford State Forest, but is managed separately, along with Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area. For more information about O'Bannon Woods or Wyandotte Caves, contact the park office at (812) 738-8232. OBannon Woods was the location of one of the few African-American Civilian Conservation Corps units. The property also has a uniquely restored, working haypress barn, complete with oxen for power and a pioneer farmstead. The area offers electrical campsites, as well as the Stagestop Campground, which offers primitive and youth camping. A canoe access ramp is also available at the Stagestop Campground. Indianas first natural and scenic river, Blue River, flows through the state park and forest. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site is located near the park. Visitors can learn about early Indiana history as they tour the beautiful first state capitol building, built entirely of limestone, and old town square.

hiking
blowdown
13 days ago

One or two simple blowdowns but all in all a good Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. It holds true to its name. It is a hard trail with lots of hills but is very well marked so getting lost is hard to do. Defently plan water drops every creek was dry. Also lots of ticks just like everyone else has said so be prepared. Also trail is more around 25 miles there was no closures when we went. We did it it two days but that was pushing it with terrain etc defently better to spread over three days. All in all enjoyable and a great adventure would do it again.

Great hike with great views. Would do it again with a few exceptions...... ticks are AWFUL! Bug spray didn’t work. Would never take a dog on it again for this reason. Stash your water in at least two locations. There is literally no water source for miles. Trail can be very difficult to navigate in sections especially those areas in the southern portion. Ultimately I would do it again... great hike for Indiana!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Some of the trail is not marked clearly, use app to ensure you don’t get off track

This trail is extremely hard when it’s is soaked. The trail turned into slick mud and became extremely hard to navigate safely. Second thing contact was made prior asking about any closures or detours and the rangers stated there were no closures. Ended up after 10 miles in the trail was closed and rerouted from the picnic area to the Ohio shelter. The reroute was not marked for the trail to get back on. We ended up hiking an extra 6 miles on cold Friday road to get to the next shelter at homestead. If it is wet there is no where safe to place a tent in this area due to it holding water bad. Thankfully the 2 people that were in the shelter let us share it with them which was good since it had started to pour and the temp had dropped to the 30’s. Be prepared for things to change and trails to be closed even though they say they are open.

This is an awesome trail even for a beginner! There aren’t a lot of steep hills or obstacles to maneuver. I HIGHLY recommend using the app map during the hike, it seemed very easy to veer off course.

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muddy
2 months ago

This was my longest route to date on these trails. Very sunny and a little bit of road walk

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

This was another great day-great Hike and weather until the storm at the end.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
2 months ago

My 7 year old son and I hiked from the disabled hunter parking area to the Indian Creek Shelter on Friday, April 5. We had a great time and enjoyed the challenges the trail provided. For all the talk of this being a dry trail, there were several muddy sections that we had to muck through. I also marked an area that was harder to follow due to the blow downs. There were several streams and springs along the trail until about a mile before the shelter. These probably dry up in summertime, but had plenty of water to filter after the spring rains we've had. There were two wildlife ponds that I marked that probably make it through summer. You now check in at the forestry office instead of the State Park office or main gate. The shelter was nice, but had lots of mouse litter and some trash left by previous campers was disappointing. The views along the bluff near Indian Creek made the challenges worth it. I reccomend this section of trail for anyone looking for a decent challenge with kids that aren't afraid to hike and want an overnight in the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

Only did the FireTower trail and the Rocky ledge trail loop and doubled back 7 miles out/loop/ and back, very enjoyable!

blowdown
3 months ago

My wife, dog, and I did a chunk of this trail 3/21 - 3/23. Trail was pretty easy to follow minus a couple areas where we immediately knew we weren't quite on the path but still headed in the correct direction. Mud was an issue being that it rained Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We started about 1pm at Old Forest Rd. after stashing water at Cold Friday Rd. We were pretty flexible with planning since neither of us had any prior backpacking experience. After staying at the primitive shelter on night one and the Ohio River shelter night two (caught a sunset and sunrise there), we finished our time by hiking to the Pioneer cabin and up the road towards the park office. We felt we could have finished the trail with another days food supply, but decided to cut short based on supplies and pacing. Great experience though. Look forward to doing it again, maybe with some friends.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 months ago

My 14-year old son and I hiked the full loop this weekend (3/23 - 3/24). We measured the full loop, as far as our total trip distance, at a little over 23 miles using the AllTrails app. This is a tough, tough trail with a lot of steep ups and downs. We stashed a water jug where the trail intersects Cold Friday road and then parked and started up by the intersection of Highway 462 and Old Forest Road. We hiked clockwise, so crossed our water drop at about 8 miles. There are a lot of blowdowns, but this trail is really well marked. We had to scout around for a trail marker a couple of times, especially in the Blue River bottoms on the west side, but we always found them. If you watch for the green and white markers and boot / shoe prints of others who have gone before you, you won't get lost. I read one review that said the Indian Creek shelter had the best view and I disagree. This time of year (March), the shelter where we stayed (Ohio River shelter) has a phenomenal view of the river from up on a bluff and the shelter was nice. It's also a nice halfway point if you're doing the trip in 2 days like we did. It was a bit mucky in spots, but hey, that's part of hiking, right? I'll definitely do this trail again.

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blowdown
muddy
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

The trail is very fun and great for early spring hiking. If you want to hike this trail I would stash water at the road access points, hike clockwise, and pack lots of calories. WARNING the full loop is not 25.5 miles it is 35 miles. The Ohio river shelter is amazing and comfortable.

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muddy
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
closed
muddy
off trail
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

aht day 3 complete

hiking
3 months ago

aht day 2

hiking
5 months ago

aht day 1

backpacking
6 months 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!!

backpacking
9 months ago

Ticks everywhere. The trail was overgrown and I couldn’t help but get these tiny ticks all over my legs. Bring lots of bug spray!

backpacking
9 months ago

Very poorly marked trails. Very easy to get lost. Very very overgrown trails. Very steep trails throughout. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to even my worst enemy.

Awesome trail. Well maintained and challenging.

backpacking
11 months ago

Went with my wife on her first backpacking trip. Didn’t get full trail in and had spots that were grown over and had to carefully look for blazes. Plan to do myself in the near future.

backpacking
11 months ago

My wife and i starting at Rock Creek Trail head and moving counterclockwise. we cached two gallons water one at Pioneer Picnic Shelter and one where the trail crosses Cold Friday Road,we Hiked approximately 17 Miles(counting the reroute) the first day and camped at Homestead Overnight Shelter on Day two we hiked 11.4 miles to are car we did get a pretty hard rain storm early the morning of the last day we where there but the creeks where steal dry. We complete the trail in two days and one night. The trail is pretty challenging with lots of ups and downs. There is a reroute at Pioneer Picnic Shelter that includes a road walk and an incredibly muddy and poorly marked horse trail that was pretty terrible. The overgrown parts of the trail has a very high Deer & Wood Tick presence. Water is very scarce on this trail as well, with lots of dry creek-beds witch we new that why you shoud cache water along the trail all in all we did have a OK time but will not becoming back any time soon this trail would be good to hike in early spring or late fall when the ticks are not so bad.

This was a very challenging hike. The amount switchbacks were surprising. I have gone on plenty of other hikes, but the bugs on this one was too much. Nats, big spiders, plenty of mosquitos. On the second day of the hike the trail came to a fork in the road, with no sign as which way to go. That added more time to the trip. We ended up having to hitch hike back to the car.

hiking
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

trail and hike was great BUT like the good State of IN. no notices of logging, closures and detours. We hiked within .25mi of night shelter and was met with closures and detour. Sleeping out is great except when one has planned for a shelter for the night. Other than the unannounced closures and Detours the trail is good the hike was great.

backpacking
Monday, June 04, 2018

Our plan was to complete the trail in two days and one night. The trail is pretty challenging with lots of ups and downs. There is a reroute on the Southwest edge of the trail that includes a road walk and an incredibly muddy horse trail that was pretty terrible. Can't speak for the East side of the trail (see story below) but the West half was very overgrown in parts and has a very high Deer & Wood Tick presence. We pulled about 2 dozen off my legs alone after our first day despite Permethrin treated clothing and Picaridin bug spray application. Water is very scarce on this trail as well, with lots of dry creekbeds. Most of the water sources that we found were contaminated with horse excrement due to the high volume of horseback riders. Hiked approximately 15 miles the first day (counting the reroute) starting at Rock Creek Trailhead and moving counterclockwise. Before we started hiking we cached two gallons water where the trail crosses Cold Friday Road, by the time we got to the cache the following evening, someone had taken every drop of our water. This left us exhausted, with very little water, and the sun just off the horizon. Ended up having to cut our trip short and road walk out the next morning. Thankfully we were able hitchhike on a local's tailgate back to our car. My suggestion would be to hide and label your water if you decide to cache water. Hopefully someone isn't as inconsiderate to your adventure as they were to ours.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Very challenging trial, marked ok, but no water sources, creeks are always dry, Mid-May we were constantly pulling ticks off.

backpacking
Monday, May 21, 2018

I hiked most of this trail this past weekend with some scouts who were prepping for Philmont. The trail was challenging and pushed all of us We started at Old Forest Road, traveled clockwise, and finished by exiting the gravel road that runs from the Old Iron Bridge (OIB) to the entrance of the horse camp. The trail was nice and well marked, even through the small reroute on the southern end. The trail was slick in many places due to moisture. Water was non-existent existent. The portion on the trail in the reroute that is shared with horses, was destroyed and muddy as heck but, it was pretty short. While the hike was nice, there weren't many views because of the foliage. One note as you are planning your water caches. The park map shows that water is available near the trail, at the end of the horse camp. This is not accessible for hikers becuase of the steep hillside between the trail and marked water. Even the walk from the trail, up the OIB access road, through the horse camp, isnt reasonable. This source was marked for the horse camp. We dropped water where the trail crossed Cold Friday Road and again at the Pioneer Picnic Shelter. A third drop near the OIB would be nice if you didn't want to try filtering from the river but, I'm not sure how that would done. Have fun and be safe.

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