ive been going here since i was a child. its even become my adult escape just because of the drive time from fort wayne. be prepared for bugs, twisted ankles, waterfalls and deep breaths. many dont believe that there are hills in norther indiana. but once you go past that first waterfall and climb up from the bottom youll bite your tongue. I have found a total of 7 waterfalls on the south side of the river. go explore.

So much to explore on these trails even though they are impossible to follow. One of the best hiking trail places in Indiana in my opinion. I was confused why there were so many no horses signs when it was obvious that a lot of horses have been on the trails. The horses destroy the trails and make it very muddy in some areas

Some confusion about the Mount Etna State Recreational Area. No horses allowed there, if you were on horse trails you were in the wrong place. Mnt. Etna S.R.A is on the southeast edge of Salamonie Lake. There is a 13 mile trail (hike, bike, snowmobile) that loops from Mnt. Etna through Lost Bridge East to Lost Bridge West and back. The Bloodroot Trail(s) can be accessed from any of the above locations. You don't have to walk the same trail in and out. A very nice trail, well maintained, mostly wooded. There are also 6 backpack campsites (walk in only) available from the Mnt. Etna location. The trail shown for Lakeview and Boundry Trail is at Salamonie River State Forest on the northwest side of the dam, and yes there are horse trails there. The DNR has maps and info available on their website.

could be nice but horses have the trail rutted so bad I can't recommend it.

hard to follow the trail. not marked very well... not great for beginners.

Salamonie State Forest and Dam have plenty of trails hike, with scenic rivers, lakes and cliffs . Not all of the trails tie together. Many are separate and in different locations in the forest. The trail path's are not clearly marked and it can be easy to become disoriented and lose your way. In certain areas you are allowed to fish, hunt and camp. Both primitive and RV. The campgrounds are not very well maintained nor are they anything to marvel at. Overall it's a solid place to visit if you're within an hour travel time. I've been coming here since I was a child and will continue to do so but for no more than the hiking and fishing.

Beautiful and lots to explore! Will definitely be back.

A lake, river, and few waterfalls to see. Trails are not marked the best but not totally impossible to navigate with a little planning and a map.

awesome and fun. 6 backpacking campsites.

Good trip lots of horse ruts

I absolutely love this place. Great fall camping and can't wait to bird watch in the spring. Trails are very well maintained, much to do and see. I highly recommend this place.

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