Westwood Park

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Westwood Park is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Castle, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

9.0 miles
629 feet

dogs on leash




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running




wild flowers


16 days ago

This was a great trail despite some areas in need of maintenance. We completed the full 10 miles in approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. Like many others have said, the trail is well marked, provides great views, and is in the shade the majority of the time. Exposed roots and fallen branches are concerning if trail running. The point of the trail for us was to get some mileage and climbs in before a trip to Arizona, and this trail provided that for us. Will definitely come back.

26 days ago

closer to 10 miles and that was longer than I thought!! Nice trail that were well marked. Mostly shady with some open meadows. Around mile 8 were some odd cold air pockets which were refreshing and unexpected! My son and I had a lot of fun and are glad we can say we made it!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun trail and some great views of the lake. Moderate to difficult, trail well marked, lots of light to medium elevation changes and wood plank bridges throughout the trail. Most of the trail has tree cover. A bit deceiving as there is a lot of winding particularly on the back half of the trail. Trail could use a bit of maintenance, some areas have more vegetation on trail...a few trees were down, but only a couple spots where you have to walk through or around. Hit several spider webs but no ticks. A few hikers out, couple trail runners and several on horseback. Ladies at front gate we’re very helpful by sharing the type of traffic on trail. Good to know what to expect in advance. Peaceful yet challenging ride and plan to ride again soon. 100 min ride with several water breaks. Good cardio workout and you will definitely feel the burn in your legs. My son has hiked and backpacked the trail several times, good training for section hikes. Whether you ride or hike, take plenty of water. I have also camped and fished at the park. Well kept and very clean. Good luck, have fun and be safe.

1 month ago

I hiked this trail June 30th 2018. You are in the shade 95% of the time. There are a few open grassy spots along the way, the longest stretch being on the back side of the dam. Well marked. Definitely narrow. I only met 4 riders along the way. Often times the only way to give right of way for them is to be in the brush. I picked up my first ever poison ivy rash. I had no issues with ticks. I completed it in 4.5hrs.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty but nothing ridiculous. Easy to follow. I was never confused about which way to go unlike many trails around Indiana. I would pack a sandwich and or snacks. I did the 10.5 miles in 5:10 with a stop to make lunch. There are lots of trees down that you can navigate around. Didnt see a single tick.

It reminds me of the Shoen creek trail and Lawrence creek trail in Ft Ben Harrison State Park except 10miles.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail, decent amount of elevation change. Nice views and fun terrain. Would categorize it as a moderate trail run for sure, it's not easy. Not much traffic so that was very nice, certainly a hidden gem. Quite a few downed trees in the trail but was warned about that at the front gate.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. If your gonna run it, dig deep and focus. A lot of ups and downs. Your legs will feel like jelly when your done. However, it's worth it.

4 months ago

Great trails!

7 months ago

A great resource for this part of the state. The hiking trail was longer, more meandering, and more challenging than I had anticipated, all of which were nice. I first hiked this trail in January 2018, with a full backpack and trekking poles, during snow and cold weather. I saw only a few ice fishermen and one mountain biker when I was there, so lightly populated. I wish I had visited Westwood sooner and will definitely be back.

10 months ago

Really fun trail. Pretty easy to walk, and definitely a day well spent. Both the map and the lady in the gatehouse said it was more like 10.5 miles. Went on a perfect Saturday and only saw a handful of other people--although hikers must watch out for mountain bikers. Most of the cyclists encountered were really nice, while two of them nearly mowed my friend and I down. Just gotta be aware. Easy trail to follow and some pretty nice views along the lake. Do it and enjoy!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Nice hike with wildflowers and lake views. I enjoyed the variety of foliage. You don't feel the elevation gain much as there aren't any big climbs.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prep for a 3 day backpacking trip. Looking forward to a hike without a pack in the next couple weeks. Westwood is an incredible part of this community!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Just what I needed near home (Cicero) in preparation for a 3 day Smoky Mountain hike. Great hike with my son from Chicago this Sunday afternoon. I'll be back!!

mountain biking
Monday, July 10, 2017

My first off road ride in 20 years, It was great. Took the better part of three hours. It had rained earlier in the day so everything was slick. Vary challenging for a new rider, but in the end a lot of fun.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice, scenic 10-mile trail for trail running/hiking. Some switchbacks make it more of a moderate trail. I hiked/ran this in 2 hours 45 minutes. Great workout in beautiful solitude.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is a great trail. Ten mile min, Ten mile max. No short cuts or cut through. Bush whacking is not an option. Great path. Slight ups and downs.

Trail very easy to follow once you find the trail heads. Start at the parking lot and try to walk around the lake counter clockwise. As close to the water as reasonable. You will find the trail. The bikes have it well marked.

This is now one of my top 5 trails in Indiana.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great loop! Just enough hills to be consider moderate. The lake is beautiful to look at while hiking and the trail is constantly changing.

I love this trail and will definitely be back!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A very good hiking trail. We scared up squirrels, a groundhog and deer.
Some trail intersections could use better signage, but we managed to make our way back to the car with a little help from park workers.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and enjoying camping on the camp grounds. The trail is a circle around a lake two way. If you go in 5 miles the only way out is 5 more miles. Nice views of the small lake all along the trail

Monday, May 30, 2016

This was a wonderful trail!!!! I really enjoy how maintained it was. It was a little hard to understand where the trail head was because it was not very well marked from the far end of the parking lot and the beginning sections were not clearly marked either but once on the trail it was very nice walk for a Sunday stroll! I will be back again!!!

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I do really like the trail really pretty when my kids were at home we took horses and loved it then now I'm back riding my mountain bike man it is a leg burner at times but that's what I like didn't see any other riders at all

mountain biking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

I loved it my legs were like spaghetti when I was finished

Monday, May 09, 2016

Very nice place. They camp ground is very clean. Restrooms are new and clean. Very quiet. Will be back!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

We hiked this two weeks ago and the trail was in great form. Well maintained and things were starting to bloom and green over. There are some great views of the water and it's fun to see all the different bridges they've built over the 10 miles.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We only went about two miles in, but is a great lake trail! We had kids with us. Little kids. I want to return soon and do the whole trail.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Very nice trail, has a lot of variety along the way from wide to narrow and up and down. The rest stop at 5 miles is a nice place to have lunch. The park managers do a great job of maintaining the trail and also the park itself. Worth the work out, which it most definitely is.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Awesome park and campground. The mountain bike trail is top notch if you can ride but its not for beginners or those with low quality bikes. The trail has some good hills to climb, is a technical trail but has no man made features other than positioning of downed trees for natural obstacles. The trail is well marked and has signs posting the way out if you can't make it. Bridges are numbered and miles are posted so if you need help you can tell them where you are. I've seen a couple reviews where they called for help because they were not prepared for their trip around the lake, that isn't the parks fault. Plan for your trip, know where you are going and have some personal accountability. An injury is one thing but being unprepared is different. The trail is 10 miles one way for bikes and is at a minimum an intermediate if not expert (just because of the hills, technical difficulty and distance) rating. Go prepared for a great ride! The page here lists the trail as 10 miles and 2 hours but my normal times around the loop are about 50 minutes, it will all depend on your ability as a mountain biker.

Hiking the trail, take plenty of water and some snacks. You can hike it in either direction but it is recommended to hike in the opposite directions of the mountain bikes. It is a great hike with plenty of shade when the leaves are on. Watch for the exposed roots on the trail, the rain has eroded the dirt away from many of them on the hills over the years and present some pretty good trip hazards. Makes for an awesome day hike with some benches to sit on with an excellent lake view about the 5 mile mark. Great place for a picnic.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Nice walk through the woods. Trees starting to leaf out. Baby geese have hatched

mountain biking
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Definitely worth going! Make sure you go with plenty if time and do it slowly. Preferably accompanied. Not a hard trail, just long.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

An excellent hike. Surprised by the rolling hills throughout. Easy to follow. Nice views of the lake. More rustic then Low Gap and Three lakes on the west side of Indy. I passed some volunteers doing maintenance on the trail. Many thanks.

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