Explore the most popular trails near Anderson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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I've been hiking these trails for probably 20 yrs, there's no steep inclines, really could use some more trail markers. But overall is a fun trail to hike.

Nice relaxing walk, hiking trails are paved.

I stopped in for a quick run while traveling for work. It is a very easy trail - no serious climbs or technical area. I saw where others posted that signage was adequate. I kinda disagree. It wasn’t a big deal, but a couple more trail markers sure would have been nice. There are several unmarked intersections and it’s easy to get turned around. I would definitely stop by again next time I’m in town for a run. It’s a clean park and I felt safe while there.

This is one of my favorite places. I've been here many times and always in aww!

Well manicured walking trail. Not enough off of the path trails. Fairly easy hike.

This trail was not at all as I expected, but so worth it. Hiked/Ran the full loop with all 6 expert routes, and I can see why this trail is graded hard. It was a true workout with several hill climbs. Passed only one other hiker and no bikers, but the parking lot was full of cars by the time we finished the hike. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Well-marked and shaded the majority of the time. As others have indicated, bring bug spray.

This is really a mountain biker’s trail. Not a hiking trail. There is a turn every 10 yards or less. Not ideal hiking.
If you go, take your bug spray. It is pretty dense woods.

2 months ago

Easy wide trail that was clearly labeled. Was not very busy at all. Would be a good trail to run. We did not do any of the trails in the middle of the loop, but will try those next time.

trail running
3 months ago

I have been running there to train for a Spartan race .It's a good challenge.

Been here several times always enjoy it, lots of wildlife as well as a variety of plants to discover here. Love hiking by the water.

trail running
4 months ago

Plenty of shorter trails in the middle of the loop and some peaceful spots to hang out for awhile.

Pretty easy trails. A little wildlife. Light human traffic. Dogs OK. Some bike trails. Other stuff here like a camp ground and a little water park and pavilions for picnicking and parties and whatnot. The grounds were well kept.

I walk my dog here frequently. Nice loop and scenery around water. A lot of places to stop and give my dog water at a bench or table, a few trash cans along the way for tossing his waste so I’m not carrying it the whole time. Sometimes I wish it was longer but I just loop around 2-3 times.

This was a nice trail. Black topped path with nice greenery surrounding path. Some areas of the water were a bit foul smelling. The area just past the cafe was along a busy road but if you wanted to shorten the trail you could bypass that part and go across the covered bridge. all in all a nice walk.

Trail was fun. Lots of walking bridges and steep hills. Mainly made for mountain biking however was a fun hike as well. Stuck to the expert trails for the most interesting sights.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful park with lots of wildlife.

Monday, October 09, 2017

It was a great day hike!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Free parking. No bathroom. For the first and probably last .5/mile you are hiking close to road so you hear a lot of traffic. Very swampy, so put on bug spray. It's not a really scenic hike but it is challenging. I was hiking with my dog so stayed on the intermediate trails when they split. The whole hike was VERY well marked and nearly impossible to lose your way. Taking the intermediate trails, the hike is just under 3 miles.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wasn't expecting much, but it was a cool trail. We were training for our Out West hike coming up and the constant up and down was good for that. Only thing is you have to be wary of mountain bikers. I think we hikers annoy them.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This is a very nice black top trail. Fishing or canoeing the length of the trail. There are some very nice out cove lookouts that are framed and railed. There are several spots to stop or start on trail. This trail is in town but most of the trail you would not know it.

If you start at the green dot there is minimal parking. If you start at Shady Side Park " black dot" there is lots of free parking and plumbed bath rooms. There is also a very nice playground for the kids and a couple of short paths around the park to walk.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I used to hike here a lot. Lots of shade in most areas and many different obstacles. Lots of fun, and free.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

a lot of spots on the outer loop right next to the river were so low they were swamped. We trudged through quite a bit of mud. The mosquitos out there were insanely bad.

on Mounds State Park

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great easy hike, wide and well-marked. Plenty of benches, picnic table and some shelters along the way. The lower part of Trail 5 can be inaccessible if the water is high. Make sure to bring bug spray!

on Mounds Outer Loop

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great easy hike, wide and well-marked. The lower part of Trail 5 can be inaccessible if the water is high. Make sure to bring bug spray!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice trail. Don't forget the insect repellent. When the trail crosses the road you need to travel down the road a ways to pick up the trail. If you go directly across the road you switch to trail 4.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Follow the expert trail markers for a good workout. Mosquitos were pretty bad due to all the rain, but a good bug spray will take care of it. Didn't see a single hiker or biker.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great trail, I rode the beginner trail 3 times. I think this trail has a great view.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

For a small State Park it has some nice trails.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I live at the northern edge of the preserve. I walk my dogs often in the woods, and sometimes have problems with bikers coming around curves on the trails and not seeing us. Dogs and fast moving bikes don't mix well! I am looking into maybe setting up some trails just for hiking and walking dogs. I guess the first stop should be city hall to find out what it's going to take to make it happen. Any thoughts on this??

Thursday, March 16, 2017

plan to be there all day. it will work on you body if your losing weight

Friday, March 03, 2017

very clean, and trails well marked

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