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Adena Trace Loop is a 26.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brookville, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 26.7 mi Elevation gain 2,621 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife
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Miriam Wright
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CampingOver grown

If you’re thinking about going here, just don’t. I’m not one to leave reviews, much less bad ones. But my partner and I are advanced hikers and this is by far the most overgrown trail we’ve ever been on. It didn’t seem as though anyone had been to maintain it in at least a year. We came with our 100 lb dog, who pack packs with us every time we go and did the whole loop. There were so many fallen trees that we had to climb and pull our dog up and over about 8 feet of trees on the eastern side. For miles you have to hunch through shrubs, thorns, bushes on the eastern side. On the western side, the trail is maybe 1 foot wide and yet again, overgrown. Not to mention how hard this makes it to find a trail (you’re really just making your own at points). We enjoyed the difficulty of the trail (definitely moderate) but it quickly became a miserable trip from the obstacle course that was this trail, especially with full packs. Would’ve been worth it if there were more than 2 spots with views. Really disappointed.

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bryan hunter
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Hiking

on the east side there is not much camping or water to filter and on the west side there were a lot of blow downs. There was plenty of camping on the west side and places to get water. But other than that it was an awesome trail. Even thu it was a hard trail. We started at 12:30 and ended the next day at 3 pm.

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Billy Schwab
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Billy Schwab
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Billy Schwab
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Billy Schwab
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Margie Midkiff
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Backpacking

This is a great trail to hike at this time of year. The wildflowers were spectacular. All creeks were easy to rock hop across. Woodland trail was starting to get overgrown but still easy to follow the trail. The Fairfield, Templeton Creek and Garr Hill sections did have stretches of mud. Some trees down across the trail but most were easy to climb over without leaving the trail. Beautiful views! No bugs! No ticks! We stashed water in 3 places so we didn’t have to filter water from creeks. Drinking water from the lake is not recommended due to toxic blue/green algae in the lake.

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Drew Heiniger
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Backpacking

Midway trail starts off to the side of the parking lot. Went N on Wolf and camped at the official campground. Going S on the woodland trail had a lot of fallen trees. Doug the loop in this order made the second day a longer hike than the start. Nice, secluded, and good views of the lake.

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Jon French
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HikingFloodedMuddy

I was surprised how little the trail was marked on the east side of the lake, west side had clear white blazes and little medallions marking the trail. Three stream crossings calf deep and miles of muddy trail, this was just after it had rained FYI. Several decent views but overall just a nice secluded trail with views of the lake 60% of the time. I saw no where to get water on the trail in March, I carried a water filter to reduce the pack weight

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Travis Steele
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Hiking

Trail was is great shape!

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Garrick Cicero
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

I went with the intention of running the trail. Faded blazes and blow downs led me to give up on that idea about 2 miles into the Wolf Creek section. However, I did enjoy that side of the lake better than the east side where I found the trails to be boring because of the lack of views. It’s funny, both the best comments and the worst comments in the reviews I read about this trail turned out to be true. In spite of my criticisms, I’ll return to hike here again. However, my next visit is likely to just be an out and back on the Wolf Creek Trail.

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Ron Brown
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HikingBlowdownBridge outOver grown

Trail in much need of clearing. Poorly maintained.

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Raymond Marshall
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wolf Creek side not marked vary well. if it's your first time backpacking you may not want to attempt. has a few creeks for water but depends on the the time of year your going if you want to filter from the streams.

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The Duck
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Hiking

This was a great trail. For its length, the elevation change is moderate, not many marshes except for one long stretch, nothing overgrown yet, but parts of the woodland trail will be by late April. Water was also on at the blue hydrant near the road on the Templeton Creek trail area.

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Shelley Ann
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First to Review

There were some marshy places. Some blazes have faded. Looks like an ATV has made some trails that can be confusing. It's a long hike but there are some places one can take a "nap". FYI.

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Nick B
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Hiking

West side of the lake was beautiful in early may with wildflowers. East side of the trail though close to the state park was the more overgrown portion and less interesting.

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Josh Horn
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Brandy Fury
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Zach Peterson
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Bonnie Wilcoxson
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Tammie Miller
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Leslie Reeder III
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Bryan Howell
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"Kletus" Padgett
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Steve Jones
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Mark McGuire
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