Low Gap Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Martinsville, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Sweedy Hollow area on the southwest portion of loop is beautiful. There's even a stone cove in one of the hills. The northern part of trail isn't so thrilling because a lot of it is gravel road, which is tiresome to the feet. Also the part alongside Forest Rd is a bit underwhelming due to logging and erosion. Perfect length for a serious jaunt though.
Good trail loop to condition on. Friendly people passing through. Camp by the creek where there's water.
Great day hike. Some areas are a little challenging but nothing too serious. The gravel roads do get a little annoying.
Two thirds of this trail is pretty great.
If you go south from the trail head you will go through the most beautiful parts of the trail in the first few miles. It is absolutely gorgeous and by far the most hiked section of the trail.
The "cavern" rock is breathtaking but again, it usually has several people in attendance anytime there is decent weather.
A couple miles farther down the trail is the "frog pond". On a 60 degree February day we came upon hundreds of frogs all "croaking" out their mating calls... it was confusing at first, sounded kind of like a damaged car engine as we came up the hill.
Once you cross to the east side of a paved road you enter into the "back country" there is addition parking here and some great areas to camp. There are a dozen or so campsites along a stream within a half mile or so if the road. If you continue up the steepest climb of the trail and make the turn north and then west again you will come upon another half dozen or so stream side campsites. I would recommend these sites for anyone looking to get away from the louder "car campers" that frequent the campsites closer to the road.
Another mile or so will bring you to an old service road that is over grown and is used as a trail now. This is the beginning of the relatively boring section of the trail. It leads up to a gravel trail. Both the service road and gravel path are fairly flat and fairly straight. Combined they run mostly west and are about three miles. Once the trail turns south again it is back to a hike in the woods, but it runs along the side of the road. This is the last leg of the trail.
Despite the third of the trail that is somewhat boring, I still LOVE this trail. It is beautiful and challenging enough to be rewarding to finish.
I highly recommend this trail!
awesome hike. you get a good workout.
Completed the entire loop a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorite trails in the area. Some unexpected beauty. You will walk along and cross a stream a few times so I recommend good waterproof footwear depending on the season.
it was a great couple days spent in the back country area
We did a short hike and loved it! Beautiful scenery, glad we wore water proof shoes! We will be back again to do the full 10.5.
Excellent trail, although much of the trail utilizes a service road. The highlights of the back country are, in my opinion, located on the trail section located east of Low Gap Road. Several pine tree stands and creek crossings were the scenic portions of this trail on a mid-January day.
great trail. perfect if your a serious hiker. up and down lots of hills. Barkley (my dog) and I loved it. WE WILL BE BACK!
Trail is well marked. Was able to filter water from the creek beds. Well travelled and worth spending a night on. Thanks to the Hoosier Hikers for the work they do to maintain the trail.