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

hiking
3 days ago

Great views

on Peninsula Trail

6 days ago

Nice trail. We we’ve been backpacking on this trail twice, once in February and once in August and it was a good experience both times. Park at the Grubb Ridge parking area. From there it’s a fairly easy 1.5-2 hour hike to the shore. There are many ready to go campsites right on the lake. This is a popular camping area and there was quite a bit of trash left behind at some sites. On our February trip we got some rain/slush overnight and the trail gets very muddy quickly.

We did parts of this trail today, a gorgeous fall day in the Midwest. This is a great park with offerings for just about everyone. The map that is online characterizes Trail 2 as rugged, and maybe for the Midwest it is. Trail 1 runs along the lake and is considerably busier than #2. If you are looking for the road less traveled, try #2.

hiking
19 days ago

We did this hike in a cool, windy Saturday with our dog. Lots of traffic on the trail, including dogs and horses. Well-marked and maintained, and the campground at the lake looked nice and secluded. We are 56 and 48, and in very average shape, but completed this 9-10 mile hike in about 4.5 hours with nothing more than some sore feet! Recommended but get there early as both parking areas fill up fast and overflow quickly.

backpacking
20 days ago

The trail was much better than expected from the reviews here. I enjoyed the outing. I walked it straight through, so I didn’t camp, but the sites looked much nicer than I had envisioned. It was nice to not have to dodge the muck left by horses on so many of the other trails at Salamonie. My watch tracked the distance at 11.65 miles. I’ll be back.

I love this trail and so do my dogs. It is my go to Subday walk.

The trails at potato creek are very well kept not hard at all, but a nice walk nonetheless

Nice trail. We enjoyed the time out in the woods. Quite a few other hikers. Needed to watch our step as the trail was shared with horses.

birding
26 days ago

Sunrise hike 35F leaving the Pottawattamie in board walk through the swamp also included we trail 8 open field Kame and pothole out wash field

trail running
28 days ago

Great for trail running very well maintained park! I suggest getting a season pass in the begging of summer for $50. Parking is usually $5 per car so be cautious of that!

excellent. well marked wooded trail!

Lack of parking. We parked on gravel road with other cars and got an $80 ticket. Watch out for horse poop

hiking
1 month ago

Reached the trailhead around 10:30 on a Saturday and the lot was full. We had to park at the fire tower which added an extra 3 miles onto our hike there, and 2 on the way back because we took the road. The trail is shared with bikers and horses but we only saw horses. All were very friendly and we all shared the trails very nicely. The hike was mostly flat with a few small inclines. The trail is marked pretty well but it would be nice if there were more signs. The path was usually beat down pretty well but having never been, it’s be nice to have reassurance with signs. The turnaround point at the beach is beautiful and totally worth the hike. There are 4 campsites right along the water that I hope to stay at next time!!! The trail wasn’t too busy in October but there were a few groups and some solo hikers/backpackers. Not to secluded/not too busy. It was a great day!

surfing
1 month ago

Only gave 2 stars i’d have given it more definitely worth it but never found anywhere to surf

on West Beach Loop

hiking
1 month ago

FYI lots of stairs but the view is worth it. Beautiful scenery

My kids and I did the loop out to the beach. It was very nice. The trail is mostly stairs and boardwalk. A few cool observation points that look out over a view. Nice places to stop for a snack. Overall, nice, but a little short.

Beautiful Indiana trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

I hiked to campsite #4 during mid to late summer on this trail.

The first few miles are pretty boring, as said here elsewhere, but then you get into some trees and eventually near the lake.

When I was there, there was an infestation of spiders in the forest. I'm not joking when I say I walked through hundreds of webs and spiky butt spiders in the couple of miles of forest. They weave particularly strong webs so it is pretty annoying. Not sure if it was the time of year or what, but it's worth noting.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Very busy but plenty of camp sites.Rain on the way in but trail was in good shape. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset

backpacking
1 month ago

great overnight trip. well marked clear trail to plenty of options for campsites! Can't wait to do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Best trail in the park, but it is longer than 5.0, closer to 6.5. Also pay attention because there are some side trails marked red that are like detours. You won’t get lost, but they can confuse you and add a little distance as well. Enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike with some really nice views of the lake after the first big climb. Bring bug spray for the woodsy sections.

Not sure what's up with the default path for this hike but my recording (apart from the two times my GPS barfed) represents the full loop that combines Trails 4, 2, and 1. I recommend starting at the Porter Rea Cemetery parking lot. Follow Trail 4 counter-clockwise. This puts the biggest climbs early when you are fresh, and leaves the laky bits as a reward at the end of the hike. From the Porter Rea Cemetery parking lot walk down the road a short distance and you will find Trail 4 on your left. Follow Trail 4 until you come to the connecting trail to Trail 2. After going down a straight trail and crossing a bridge you find yourself on Trail 2. Proceed on Trail 2 counter-clockwise to the loop's biggest ascents, Steam Boat Hill (stairs) and Vargo Hill. Eventually Trail 2 will bring you to Trail 1. Follow signs to the Nature Center (crossing the bike trails at a couple points). Conveniently placed bio break there. Keep following Trail 1 counter-clockwise to Trail 2, the retrace yours steps on the connector between Trails 2 and 4. Continuing counter-clockwise on Trail 4 will take you to the Spring House and great views of Worster Lake before returning you to Porter Rea Cemetery. The whole loop as I described it was about 6.5 miles and we did it in under 2.5 hours. Signage is actually pretty clear, contrary to other reports. Only moments of confusion may come when crossing bike trails.

road biking
2 months ago

Very winding and hilly. NICE!!
$7.00 a vehicle $9.00 out of state.
Definitely worth it.

We set out to do the perimeter 5 mile challenge hike but we ended up doing trails 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10 and lots of back tracking due to trails being poorly marked This really needs to be addressed. Trail 3 was the most enjoyable and fun with the rock climbing, ravines, etc. I also really enjoyed Gypsy Gulch, suspension bridge and covered bridge. Everything was was just ok. We covered almost 7 miles and it was all pretty easy with only a couple strenuous areas. I’m glad we did it and checked it off the list, it’s worth seeing once but wouldn’t go back and do it again.

Hot one but still great day to hike and be outside.

Nice little walk with some beautiful view of lake Monroe in either direction. evening we were there had a fabulous sunset.

on France Park

2 months ago

I love the France park! one of my favorite places to go!

I try to do this trail annually with a small group. Beautiful sunsets! Firewood gathering can be a challenge, depending on site chosen.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike! Beautiful, interesting woods along a swamp with lots of wildflowers and hills A few steep, sandy dune climbs, but altogether not too bad. Wonderful stop at the Lake Michigan beach about half way through the hike.

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