Charlestown Trail #3

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Charlestown Trail #3 is a 2.2 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 hour ago

My 10 yo boys and I liked checking out the historical information about Rose Island. Cool hike.

14 days ago

28 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. Everybody should split off of #3 to #7 to learn about rose island. Great historical spot, and also neat looking at what's left of it and the flood levels in 1937. Love the trails in this park they are easy.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Very nice, maintained, but remote. climb, woods river not hard climbs are slow and nothing g that works you hard.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views and some interesting history stops on the peninsula.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great views and kinda has that Chernobyl abandoned kinda feel to it. Wasn't too crowded but definitely saw a few other hikers. It's a hike from a parking lot to a bridge that takes you to an island on the Ohio river that used to have a amusement park on it in the mid thirties. Unique type of hike.

backpacking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Loved this trail.
Visited trail 3 - twice in the same week I was so impressed.

hiking
6 months ago

I really liked this trail. There is a concrete walkway to the bridge and then it turns into an actual trail. I loved how it was a nice hike through the woods with a sudden transfer to a different terrain to finish out on. The only thing was that I left my windows cracked and came back to a car filled with stink bugs.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Very pretty, peaceful and challenging. my husband, myself and our three kids enjoyed it. The hike back uphill was intense for me, I'm a plus size hiker, but I did it!!

hiking
7 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty and easy to follow. I completed all the trails in the park in one day and enjoyed every step.

10 months ago