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Best trails in Columbus

294 Reviews
Looking for a great trail near Columbus, Indiana? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking 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 Clifty Falls State Park or Brown County State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve or Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Columbus ranging from 0.6 to 1.9 miles and from 741 to 1,056 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Columbus
Top trails (5)
#1 - Hiking Trail 10
Brown County State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Follows ridge behind fire tower before looping northward crossing deep ravines and hilltops. Show more
#2 - North Tower Loop
Brown County State Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
North Tower Loop is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbus, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#3 - Shawnee and Lenape Trail Loop
Sycamore Land Trust
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
Located conveniently near SR 46 just west of Columbus, this preserve is the largest natural area in the county, and is an excellent spot for hiking and birdwatching.Show more
#4 - Tangeman Woods Loop
Sycamore Land Trust
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
Tangeman Woods is a beautiful mixed hardwood forest with intermittent creeks. The Outdoor Lab nature trail, created in the 1970's, is still used for school field trips, including those conducted by SShow more
#5 - Friend's Trail
Brown County State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m
Friend's Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbus, Indiana that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more