Explore the most popular Hiking trails in Yellowwood 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.

good trail

1 month ago

Great trail, can’t wait to go back. Trail head was a little elusive at first, I recommend parking in the parking lot instead of right by the trail head.

2 months ago

did it in 55 minutes hiking 5 years back.

Great trail! Did this in the fall and it was well marked. Took us two hours to complete

5 months ago

very peaceful trail with lots of trees and nature surrounding. trails were easily marked. Nice lake.

Yesterday was brutal as I 2asnt mentally prepared for a 4 mile hike. We did it though in under 3.5 hours.

6 months ago

This trail only took about 3 hours to hike. I wouldn’t rate it as hard, it’s an easy/moderate trail. There was definitely a section of gravel road that I was disappointed to hike about halfway through the trail: bug and mosquito infested by the way. So in warmer times of year bring a buff to cover your ears/face because you’ll likely need it. After re-entering the trail from the gravel road, you’ll go down into a creek bed which is the best part of the trail!

trail running
6 months ago

Nice hike, has a little bit of everything. Little creek sidewalk, some vertical accent and decent, had a little walk on a gravel road. Would recommend you bring a stick for cobwebs, and possibly long pants. Some areas were a little overgrown. A good break away from typical Brown county hikes, probably will end up doing it again down the road.

7 months ago

The trail itself is nice., Good inclines, white diamond blazes on the trees. The trail head sign was slightly covered today. My friend and I hiked it counter clockwise. To hike it clockwise walk down the gravel road a bit and pick up the trail with the sign that is marked “High King Hill”.

If hiking it counter clockwise you’ll come to a shared trail/road that has blazes all along the way and it eventually comes to a T. Go left and you’ll see trail markers on the left. It says it’s the Tecumseh trail but it carried the white diamond blazes and brought us to the bottom of High king hill. A few downed trees at one point which required climbing but nothing hard.

The road in is gravel and had signs that cautioned about flooding. So keep in mind how much rain we’ve had when you’re heading to the trail.

A fun trail! Not well marked but manageable. There’s currently a large tree down but you are able to get through/around without issues. Be careful of the horseflies, they wouldn’t leave my dog alone.

A pleasant, secluded, springtime hike on a moderately rugged trail up and down hills and along ridges. Trail varies among narrow but well-maintained paths, seldom used horse trails with the expected hoof wear on the path to abandoned logging and maintenance roads. Occasional blown down branches and trees, but easy to get around until cleared. Good groupings of early spring ground flowers, plenty of squirrels and some birds.

Do this trail at least 2 times a year and is good as long as have not had a hard rain. Low areas of mud. But beautiful views of the lake.

Not terribly memorable or scenic, but worth a look if the weather is decent. The last couple of miles are too close to camping, ranger station, etc. for my taste.

Lovely walk in the woods. Up a hill, along a ridge and fire road, down into a valley with streams, back up to the ridge, then down to the parking lot.

11 months ago

great trail, has some good climbs and challenges but nothing too serious. my only gripe is that the trail is not marked real good in some spots. all in all great trail and a beautiful forest to visit

11 months ago

Well maintained but there is one sign that is marked incorrectly and I hiked 4 extra miles because of it.

Monday, February 05, 2018

This is one of my favorite condensed trails. I hike it counter-clockwise.

Basically, there is a challenging hill near the start, and a challenging hill at the end. The rest is just fun.

There is a back road with large white rock chunks. This white rock was laid down in about 2014. I can't wait for it to sink into the ground. Also, I have seen rattlers on that white rock stretch, so watch your steps.

The white rock section only lasts for about a mile, and then the trails veers down into the hollow on the left.

I think the is slightly longer than the posted length, a bit closer to 5.

One other thing to listen for in the warmer month is sudden thunder storms. There really is not much shelter on the trail, so check the radar often, too.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Not too bad in the snow. However, it would’ve been hard to follow the trail were it not for someone who had walked it a few days before. I would be careful if you’re planning on hiking right after a snowfall.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Moderate hike with forest views. Blazes are faded but reliable, fairly well marked for the attentive hiker. We only saw onle other group of hikers as we were finishing ( on a Wednesday afternoon.)

on Scarce O'Fat Trail

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's a nice 4+ mile loop - not very difficult. The second half is very pretty, you feel like you're in the heart of the forest. However, we were fighting off mosquitoes the entire time so be sure to bring your bug spray!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Really fun trail! My wife and I have hiked it twice now and love the challenge, though I find it easier than it's described here.

Friday, July 28, 2017

We had a good hike this afternoon but for the life of me when we hit that gravel road I could not find where the trail continues so we doubled back. Novice when it comes to non-state park caliber marked trails I guess. If anyone can clarify how to navigate the fire Road/logging road that everyone's talking about in the comments that would be awesome.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It is labeled as hard, and it is if you aren't used to the hills and even the size of the rocks on the fire road. We did it at night, 2 adults and 3 kids. we made it, but our imaginations really had us moving at times. About mile 3 we were just over it. Got back to the car, hot, sweaty, and ready for bed. Kids passed out within 5 minutes of leaving Bloomington. Probably a trail that is more fun in the daylight. Either way, it was nice.

*Word of advice, however, when reaching the end of the fire road, pay close attention to the trail markers and the trees. They get a bit dicey at that spot. *

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Good trail.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trail. A bit muddy today, but not too bad. Some places had trees blocking the path, but again it was manageable.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We tried to walk the trail on a Monday after a 3-4 inch rain over the previous weekend. about 1/3 of the way in..it was totally impassable. If we had rubber boots..we might had kept going. It was too bad,because it was sunny and cool and the park was virtually empty. it was a nice,serene and beautiful walk.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This is not a hiking trail. This is a walking trail. Basically 4 miles of walking on a wide path in the woods and .7 miles of a narrower path and a little rock skip over a creek ( depending on where you park.). The only reason I can think this is listed as hard is due to the hill you have to walk up and the fact it's 4.7 miles.. If your looking for a nice long walk through the woods this is it, if your looking for a challenge look elsewhere.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Not hard! Moderate, but nice trail.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not a bad trail. It was a bit muddy as it had rained the day before. Not a lot of elevation change or steep inclines. More of a walk than a hike. The pine tree sections were nice.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trail is 4.8 miles v. The 4 posted at trailhead. My real issue is the 1 mile of fire road this trail is on. If doing the loop counterclockwise, first couple miles mostly along a ridge after initial steep ascent. Not a bad hike, other than fire road.

Load More