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This is a great trail! Beautiful scenery and points of interest. Backcountry sites were very nice. The trail is well marked and in great shape. We hiked in May and had plenty of water sources. Well worth the time to complete!

My favorite park in Indiana. To get to Big Clifty (large waterfall in my photos) you must travel all the way up trail 2, which is the creek bed, to the point where there is a sign saying 'danger do not cross'. From this point, to your right will be a small opening with a hidden wooden ladder to climb. Once you climb up there is a wooden walk way that leads to an overlook to view big Clifty from.

Excellent overnighter! With everything changing landscape it feels like you're getting multiple trails in one!

hiking
9 days ago

Five stars, hands down! This is one of the best, prettiest and walkable trails I have ever been on, and I've been hiking for many years. I went in mid-June--trees were gorgeous, great weather. Like as others noted, the only not-so-good part was the north side where there had been logging. The trail almost disappeared as it was so overgrown with weeds and tall grass. Overall, a fantastic experience. I will be visiting this trail many times!

Didn't bother to call and no one was there to tell me I couldn't hike. I got 2 miles into the counterclockwise route (don't go clockwise as you can see no trail blaze) and the trail and blazes just disappeared at this one ravine. So bummed because I was just getting to the good up and down of the hike. I turned around but I will be back when I have more time to get lost and also tell someone where I'm going ahead of time.

backpacking
20 days ago

Nice trail. Great camp spots along the trail.

Nice hike in the trees!

hiking
22 days ago

I will say this trail is not for everyone. It's was a great workout. Great elevation changes. I took my dog and he was in heaven . There was plenty of spots for him to cool down and lay in a pool and take a drink of water. I didn't see one other person, so I let him off leash. I'm definitely gonna come back. Some great little spots along the trail to camp that have already been set up. Nice little hidden gem.

We camped at Delaney Park (which is beautiful) with our scout troop. We hiked the Delaney park loop the first day and the Spurgeon Hollow Loop the second day. Both loops were great hikes. The rating of 'Hard' is accurate. There were many downed trees and muddy spots which added to the adventure! There was a section on the southern part of the Spurgeon Loop that was as beautiful a place as I have ever seen! Would recommend this to experienced hikers. Looking forward to hiking the rest of the KT sometime!