Charlestown Trail #3 is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlestown, Indiana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 291 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

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bird watching

forest

river

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wild flowers

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Wooded hike along Fourteenmile Creek, river views, ridge hiking The trail begins with a very steep road grade that once led to a footbridge over Fourteenmile Creek. The bridge provided access to Rose Island, a 1920s amusement park. The Rose Island facilities were damaged beyond repair by the 1937 flood, and the bridge was removed once the Army bought the land in the 1940s. Good areas for stream-bank fishing can be reached by following the gravel portion of Trail 3 to Fourteenmile Creek. The middle section of this trail is very scenic with views of Fourteenmile Creek, rock cliffs high above the trail, abundant spring wildflowers, and mixed deciduous forests.

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fee
2 days ago

Had a great time. It does cost $7 to get in the park if you live in state, $9 if you’re from out of state. Got switched up on trails a little but made it out. Definitely some cool stuff to see. I think we ended up on trail 7 somehow

hiking
3 days ago

Tied this in with the 7 the runs through Rose Island. Trail is nice and easy. Nothing too crazy. Paved down to Rose Island, then a well blazed path out. Beautiful and moderately difficult. Mostly the elevation change. Rose Island is interesting, but not really a lot to see. Mostly layout, and markers. Still kind of cool. 6 is the best out here for us.

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blowdown
muddy
washed out
3 days ago

Very comfortable late May Saturday. Some trail maintenance is needed after a very wet spring. Some trail erosion and a stretch that was very muddy, looking almost like a horse trail (which it isn't). The most negative part of the hike was the people, almost none of whom were wearing masks as though the pandemic is over. IT'S NOT OVER! Please wear face coverings on the trail around other people; respect their lives.

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bugs
flooded
muddy
5 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

love this trail :))

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muddy
23 days ago

Very steep paved path on one side of the loop. Gorgeous wildflowers throughout and you follow a stream for a while.

hiking
24 days ago

Awesome chance to see something you don’t see every

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This is on par distance wise with the majority of trails out here, but probably the most difficult to do because of the elevation change. As far as scenery it’s equivalent to most of the trails at this park, checking out rose island is a must if you’ve never been.

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flooded
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

6 months ago

You're definitely going to want to pick this trail if you only do one in the park. It is an easy loop with tons of history to observe. Small amount of elevation gain on the way back up the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

great trail and good views in winter

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rocky
9 months ago

One section gets a bit rocky, but overall a nice trail.

hiking
9 months ago

a few spots the retaining wall along the trail is a little washed out - overall great trail and our dogs did well with it - not sure if total trail distance includes the paved road at the beginning

hiking
9 months ago

LOVED it! Rose Island history was interesting and the trail was varied. Beautiful

Mon Jun 03 2019

loved it!!! alot of history with Rose Island.

Sat Apr 06 2019

Beautiful trail! Combined with Rose Island for a great short hike. like other hikers, I would recommend doing it counter clockwise and taking the paved portion first. The other way is pretty rocky, and it is easier to walk up rocky terrain than down. There are beautiful wildflowers throughout the trail and a pretty little waterfall. Great for all ages!

rocky
Sat Mar 30 2019

Rugged in places. Better to use as return from Rose Island instead of the paved part.

Wed Mar 27 2019

This trail has some amazing views!

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muddy
rocky
Tue Feb 19 2019

nice trail with nice views, will take fishing poles with us next time

hiking
Sun Dec 16 2018

1 trail down and 5 to go.

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