Boy Scout Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Peru, Indiana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
These trails are nothing more then deer trails that have been cut into the side of very steep ravines made only a little wider by all the horse riders. The start of the trail is hard to find as well as the trail blazes. There are so many other trails crossing & splitting off that you never know for sure if you are still on the right one or not. It is a thick woods that never opens up to any grand views but it holds all the magic it needs to bring me back again. It is a great workout hiking these hilly trails with a full pack. We came across two horse riders who took the time to tell us a little about the place. With their directions we found a spring that feeds a little creek that runs to the north of the parking lot. There is a road to the east & south. There is a river to the West. This is a steep little box of nature, just open & enjoy.
Took me a little while to find the trail. There are 2 options: 1) There is a clearing near the parking lot, where a few trails lead into (however I'm not sure if those are the official trail), 2) Walk back up the road for about .4 miles, you'll see a thin tree with a yellow blaze to the left about 10 ft in.
This trail is no longer maintained by the DNR and it shows. There are infinite trails that weave through the forest. The Boy Scouts blazed the official trail with yellow markers a long the way, however it is still incredibly difficult to follow. It helps to look for horse hoof prints, but that isn't always helpful either.
Over all it is a pretty fun hike. Don't worry about getting too lost, if you just head west long enough, you'll hit the river and that will lead you back to the parking lot.
This trail is somewhat hard to find and has non-existent trail markers. The trail follows the river below the dam, enter on the right by the fishing parking. The trail is also used by horses, in a rainy period, the lower section will be very muddy. There are endless loops on the trail, so one can make the trail as long as they have time for.