Spring Valley Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#10 of 17 trails in

Spring Valley Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Greenbrier, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1230 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

lake

backpacking
2 months ago

Trail was mostly gravel, I like the more backcountry trails. Once you hit the lake trail and going counter clockwise, I had to traverse the creek, which while shallow, was far. Bummer. The other creek crossings were dry or dry enough to easily pass. At the dam, the lake view is beautiful, but there's only 1 real campsite - which you can reach via car (38.482765,-86.568347 camping spot, 38.482519,-86.569353 parking lot). There was someone posted up there by early afternoon who drove to the site. I was hammock camping so that was fine for me, but if you weren't, there wasn't much flat area to spread out other than the 1 spot.

It's marked as moderately traveled, but on a mid August Saturday and Sunday with a high of 80 low of 60, I only saw 1 other person on the trail, and he was on a horse.

I would do this one again, but definitely recommend a hammock.

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked and maintained. Lotsa spider webs on trail when we went, but that's just nature at work. We did just the loop starting from the boat ramp. Beautiful day!

backpacking
2 months ago

Treeline obscures view of the lake for 95% of the trail. Lots of small gravel in the trail but rain can cause some areas to flood. More than enough hills to get your heart racing, but nothing that will wipe you out. Might be a bit much for beginners. Very limited backcountry camping options, best bet is to bring a hammock.

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

This trail is approximately 10 miles, if you start at the trailhead and hike around the lake. You only get to the 12+ miles by hiking the trail across the road from the trailhead. Since we were hiking with four kids, ages 2-11, we parked at the boat ramp and made the loop, for a total of right around 8 miles. We hiked counter-clockwise.

There is an established campground with about 10 sites near the boat ramp. No running water, but fire rings, picnic tables and a clean outhouse are provided. As we walked from the outhouse trailhead, we soon came to a picnic area with hitching posts and wound around to the dam. The dam is easily accessed from the road, up a long staircase. As such, it appears to be the site of partying and graffiti adorns the rocks there. Once we crossed the dam, it felt more remote.

Camping: We only encountered one informal established campsite. It was located on the lakeshore at the west end of the Buffalo Trace, where the trace runs into the water. On the map, this is where the trail takes a 90 degree turn to the northeast, directly across from the boat ramp. The site wasn’t exactly level, but not bad, and had a makeshift fire ring and logs to sit on. If you start at the trailhead, the main campground would be at the halfway point. We found a level spot off the trail to set up camp.

Water: There were plenty of opportunities for water. There was ample water to filter at each of the places that the map shows a water crossing, even though there had been little precipitation in the weeks before our trip. We also encountered several springs and smaller water sources suitable for filtering.

We met several horses/riders along the trail, as well as some day hikers. Everyone was friendly. We saw some backpackers taking a shortcut to the campground. The next day we saw the other end of that trail, as it shoots off from near the lakeshore before the trail turned away for the lake for the last time at the north end of the lake.

There were no breathtaking sights on the trail, but some remnants of days gone by, before the area was dammed and flooded. The Buffalo Trace was also an interesting site. Hills were moderate. The trail was well maintained and had only a couple of freshly fallen trees across it.

10 months ago