Looking for a great trail near Bloomington, Indiana? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Brown County State Park or McCormicks Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Griffy Lake Nature Preserve or Bryan Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 16 easy trails in Bloomington ranging from 0.7 to 4.9 miles and from 534 to 1,013 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bugs
closed
muddy
8 days ago

I LOVE this trail. It ends at beautiful lake Monroe and offers a variety of scenery. As of July 12, 2019 the trail was closed about half way through due to some downed trees. Also, very muddy. It’s been a week since it rained, but it was still muddy. I’d wear some boots. Also... this is the deep forest and there’s a lot of bugs. Bring some bug spray.

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

This is a short, easy trail located very close to the heart of Bloomington! While being relatively easy, there is a steep hill to start out the loop (in either direction). I personally prefer to take the trail clockwise- but both directions are just fine. The trail does get fairly muddy after rains and parts of it can stay muddy for several weeks after a substantial rain. This is a popular trail but if you are able to hit it early in the morning, or in the afternoon in a too-hot-to-be-out kind of weekday you can have it pretty much to yourself. Of particular interest to those hiking with small kids- there are frequently dozens, or hundreds, of small toads on the eastern part of the trail during late spring/early summer!

Porter West trail is marked out with tiny white arrows, they are pretty consistent and I had no problem with navigating the trail. The trails themselves seem to be lowly trafficked, and it presents itself as a nice and secluded hiking trail.

walking
14 days ago

Clear Creek is easily the most diverse of the paved trails in Bloomington, while remaining the easiest to conquer and navigate.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
16 days ago

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

The trail is presently closed : June 17, 2019 to Sept. 17, 2019 unless otherwise noted and posted by the Hoosier National Forest Supervisor. It looks like a marvelous trail, but we arrived to discover the closure order posted as attached. The following areas are ordered closed until termination of this emergency closure order or 120 days from the signature date, whichever comes first: 1. All trails within the Brownstown Ranger District in Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson, Brown Counties, Indiana 2. The Shirley Creek Trail system on the Brownstown Ranger District in Orange County, Indiana You may read/find out more at the link below: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd638952.pdf

hiking
muddy
26 days ago

horseback riding
1 month ago

great trail, a little muddy in spots, but beautiful, nice views at the lake

hiking
1 month ago

I wish I had read the comment before going because they were right. This trail had the most ticks I ever seen on it. I probably had a least a dozen of them on me.

Nice trail for my first backpacking trip. Nice designated spots to camp. Plenty of creek crossings to fill up water bottles with a filter. It was nice and secluded. We went over Memorial Day weekend and only saw 2 other people! I would definitely do this trail again, but treat it like an out and back trail to cut out the gravel road portion that goes back to the cemetery. That was the worst part.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The preserve is beautiful and unlike anything else I’ve seen in the Bloomington area. However, the trail itself is a bit confusing. You have to scramble along the rocky bank for awhile, and there is an area about halfway that is heavily trafficked enough to look like part of the trail. This is too steep to climb and NOT part of it. When you get to the point of the bluff by the large sycamore tree, that’s where you go around. Going up the bluff, the trail is also poorly marked and one of the trail signs is down, making it look like you need to continue straight when the trail really crosses back and up. There are quite a few heavily trafficked areas that are not part of the trail. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, I would not recommend going alone. It looks like it would also be a dangerous area if there is any chance of rain or there has been heavy rain since most of the trail is along a riverbed. The top of the bluff is beautiful though and worth the somewhat confusing hike.

Simple, easy trail with several stairs. The lake had some pretty views. This was the first hike I took my dog on and he managed it wonderfully.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This somewhat secluded trail is very close to the west side of Bloomington. It has become my go-to-trail for quick hikes. It is rare that I ever see another human soul but it is quiet, woodsy, hilly and a great place to think one’s thoughts. My dog enjoys Porter West as well. My dog is always on leash but I’ve seen a couple people out here in the last two years without leashes on their dogs The front section of the trail close to the highway is a little noisy and has lots of grassy areas for which I had to pick off quite a few ticks. However, I was prepared for that as that is just part of the terrain.

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

very muddy because of horses, but still a beautiful trial with pine tree openings, a beach at the end to take a dip in lake Monroe, and nice views along the ridge!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Good and easy trail! My wife loves history and the cemetery at the end of the trail was something she enjoyed. But it’s one way in and one way out.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was covered with ticks left with about 20 in myself and 20 in my dog stay away from this trail in June for sure

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Amazing views and a great creek below

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