Knobstone Trail: Deam Lake to Bartle Knob Road

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Knobstone Trail: Deam Lake to Bartle Knob Road is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Borden, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.1 miles
1,794 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers




Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Outdoor Recreation 317-232-4070

3 months ago

Not well marked at first -good thing we ran into some others going the other direction and got us on trail- pretty easy start to a hard trail.

5 months ago

Started at Deam Lake hiked about 6 miles passed Bartle Knob to New Chapel Trail head. This trail is very well marked. There are mile markers to help you know where you are. The trail is challenging. There was ice on the trail this weekend, making the steep decents treacherous. There are very few switchbacks, so you are straight up and straight down.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trail needs better markings.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Began hike at Jackson Road trailhead after noon on 4/16 and hiked south to between mile markers four and three. This is a great section of trail that needs some TLC.

Trail was a bit wet after morning rain. Redbuds and dogwoods in bloom. Wild iris, wild geranium and Jacobs ladder. Lizards scurrying about (eastern fence lizard?).

Trail is steep in places. Landscape timbers secured with reinforcing steel bars have been eroded away leaving rebar protruding in the trail.

All large downed trees have been made passable, some small trees across the trail have never been cleared and are supporting growths of moss or fungus. Brambles have been cut back in clear spots on the trail, though.

First day I've ever used treking poles. With sleep slopes and a slippery trail I was glad to have them.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday afternoon 4/15. Dry and unseasonably warm. Dogwoods and redbuds in bloom. Few wildflowers. Trail condition generally good. Some erosion, especially before and after the stream crossing at mile marker 3. Trail dry with only a few wet spots.

Not a terribly scenic hike after the lake. Lots of downed trees (although none block tge trail). Some huge piles of timber left to rot. Trail follows logging roads a bit here and there.

Some evidence of horse(s) on hiking only trail, though not a lot. Trail coincides with horse trail in places, though work is in progress to reroute the hiking trail, so maybe this will be remedied soon.

Friday, March 10, 2017

I honestly love this trail. It needs some work though.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

the only thing I can say good about this part of the trail is there was a lot of wild life from stick bugs to snakes and deer. The trail itself was rough bike's and riders have made this trail a mess. Also trail is only marked for horse and bike riders and that's IF you find a trail marker.

Friday, September 04, 2015

The trails aren't managed. The trail markers are missing. The reroutes put you on a gravel one lane road around corners and up and down hills. So my friend and myself had to walk through grass up to our armpits so we ended up walking through tick nest. For those who don't know what this is, momma tick lays about 3000 eggs. the eggs hatch into larva. larva has 6 legs instead of 8 and the size of a tiny freckle. Real easy to miss. well when you have a few hundred on you they are a little easier to spot. My entire body is ate up with bites. My doctor has me on antibiotics and i'm scratching the hell out of my body. If the grass would have been cut and if we didn't have to walk on dangerous roads, i could have been fine but add all issues together and it SUCKED! I will never go back or suggest anyone to go.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This is a beautiful, although overgrown, trail. Pay very close attention to the blazes (white square) since the split from the horse trails is not well marked and the trail has been rerouted in a few places. Gorgeous views near the end and some nice streambeds to explore if there has been recent rain.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beautiful spring day, minimal bugs and poison ivy. The initial part of trail is now combined with horse trail. New trail head easy to find, but little confused about when to transition from horse trail to knobstone. Saw several riders, horse trail section fairly muddy. Minimal hikers on trail. The last section of hike before next trail head has alot of up and down hills for good work out.

Monday, May 27, 2013

We decided not to hike. We came to the entrance and said $5 if you live in Indiana and $7 if you live in Kentucky.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Easily accessible, clean, and a good workout. The trail is quiet and usually empty. A good trail to let dogs run.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Overgrowth, gravel, horse apples. Repeat.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The trail head has been moved at the south end it is at flower gap road I started at the green horse trail close to the original trailhead. The first 3 miles are rolling hills the next 2 miles are larger hills and more strenuous . Looks like the trail is going to be rerouted just past the 4 mile marker it goes to the left and will end at bartle knob road from bartle knob to highway 160 the trail is closed because of the tornado on March 2 2012. You can check with the Indiana DNR website to see when the trail will be open again.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

was the last leg of 19 mile trip, covered 17 miles in a day. was ready to go home. Trail was good just too tired to enjoy this part of it. We started at mile marker 19 off of state road 150. Ended at Deam Lake

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I hiked from the Deem Lake new trailhead (see my link) to the Jackson Rd Trailhead and back. The new trailhead was a little confusing to find but once I got on the trail, it was well marked and easy to follow with some nice terrain. Most of the section consisted of mild inclines and decents but there were a few steep ones. I easily maintained a fairly fast pace through most of it. However, the last 1.5 miles near the Jackson Road Trailhead are quite steep and challenging. I saw some nice wildlife and there were some blackberries in a few spots along the trail which made for a nice snack. The main drawback was LOTS of poison ivy along the trail.

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