Charlestown State Park #2 Trail

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Charlestown State Park

Charlestown State Park #2 Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlestown, Indiana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 131 feet Route Type: Loop

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Wooded hike, along creek, hilly terrain This is a nice relatively short hike through an open woodland. The trail initially drops, where it runs parallel with a small creek. It follows the creek for roughly one half a mile. There is a wooden platform built, overlooking the creek and a small waterfall, if water levels permit. The trail then climbs away from the creek through a slightly more open wooden section, and finally back to the trailhead.

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6 days ago

Beautiful day, easy warm up trail that is beautiful.

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14 days ago

Good easy trail with nice views of the creek. The waterfalls were nice. Trail is easy enough for kids.

Great condition!

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2 months ago

Nice easy hike with some good views of the stream. Really easy, great for families. 2 adults, 3 kids. Ages 8, 5, and 3 year old in a carrier.

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muddy
2 months ago

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3 months ago

This is probably the gem of the park

hiking
6 months ago

A great little short trail for beginners. The beginning of November is a little slick

recorded Recording - Oct 19, 12:07 PM

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect for my 4 and 6 year olds. We also saw 4 deer while hiking. Disappointed there was no water flowing for the waterfalls, but we will just come back!

Great trail just sucks it was a super dry day. We will be back again so we can see all the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

good trail

11 months ago

great trail for kids. lots of waterfalls and self guided tour for learning. one of my sons favz!!

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Mon May 27 2019

Enjoyable easy hike.

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muddy
Sun May 05 2019

With recent rains, the trail was muddy in many places, but the park has accounted for that. There are alternate routes to get around the mud. The sites along the way are more than worth it. The waterfalls are flowing great and are quite relaxing. The trail is also not infested with poison ivy, definitely a plus.

Sat Mar 30 2019

Great beginner trail. Great spring wildflowers. Nice waterfall.

Wed Mar 27 2019

Beautiful trail! There is a tree down on the path that we had to climb over.

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Wed Mar 20 2019

With sandbag

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Wed Mar 13 2019

Nice hike with a friend. The mini waterfalls were quite pretty.

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Mon Oct 22 2018

An easy but scenic hike. Some nice looking small creeks running along the parts of the path makes for some great nature pics.

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Fri Oct 12 2018

Great morning hike with the kids. Plus the playground at the end is an added bonus!

Tue Oct 09 2018

Relatively new to hiking and now working to expose my kids who are 6 and 4 to the activity, this trail starts off with a light warm up and then gradually gets a bit more challenging (specifically for my kids). The creek bed and water was a great break as we spent a lot of time resting and having fun. Nice trail.

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

Easy, but a very nice hike and trail!

Sun Jul 01 2018

Easy trail, I recommend the years pass for 50..... you can explore the trails often and visit other Indiana parks.

Sat Jun 09 2018

Cool gorge. Waterfall was all but dried up. TON of spider webs

Sat Oct 21 2017

Nice short trail. Saw a hedge apple. Big green gorge. Creek was very dry so no water falls, but went early evening and saw two doe deer.

Wed Sep 06 2017

Wonderful of rocks and waterfall. Perfect hike for a beginner.

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Thu Jun 08 2017

Definitely a pleasant trail in an unexpected location. It's pretty for an Indiana trail. It is also just the right length and has just enough scenic variety and difficulty to make it a good trail for when you wish to hike something more than just a short, easy trail. Shade covers all but a few short sections of the trail, so it should still be pleasant during hot days. As always, bring some water. While stopping to enjoy the sites and to take some pictures, it took about an hour, though less time should be more than doable.

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Sat Jun 03 2017

LOVED IT! Great trail got to explore the creek a bit.

Mon Jan 30 2017

Easy short loop. Nice rocks and a stream.

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Thu Nov 03 2016

great relaxing short trail. pretty easy, the waterfalls were all dried up when I went, but will definitely return during the spring.

Thu Oct 27 2016

Enjoyed the trail. Definitely will be revisiting in the spring time hopefully more water flowing.

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