Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

great trail, better take a snack it's an all day trail.

Great lengthy trail. Even after doing jogging and walking we hiked for 3 hours with our dog and didn’t even finish. Beautiful scenery and a challenging workout.

nature trips
1 month ago

A greencastle Gem. Easley accessed,well maintained trails,friendly people, good times.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty decent trail with a good amount of elevation however the factories nearby emit lots of fumes/smells. I developed a sinus headache and hurried to complete the walk.

hiking
1 month ago

So let me start by saying that the “flooding issue” is no joke. There we’re several sections I spent inching through sideways to avoid the lake sized puddles and inches of mud.

As far as beauty, this is not the trail for sights, BUT for beginner hikers wanting to build endurance, this is perfect. It’s a flat, gravel paved trail, so no ups & downs. You’re never far from a cross road (in case you needed help or a pick-up), lots of port-a-pots & even two train stations with bathrooms, also decent cell service (again, in case you needed to call anyone). So with these conveniences, I would recommend it for beginners.

One thing missing: benches. I was able to tackle it, but other hikers with different abilities could benefit from the occasional place to sit.

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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Currently connects Northern Kokomo to Rochester with stops along the way. Old converted rail line that has been paved and used commonly by bikers and joggers. Nice country side views of Howard and Miami counties.

trail running
3 months ago

Really cool property and site of a county-wide X/C meet between various local high schools this weekend. You can find single track trails here for trail running or mountain biking and wider carriage trails set up for X/C running. There are open fields and spots where you can see the Wabash River. The amphitheater itself is cool too, you can do some "stadium runs" on the steps there if you're up for it. I'd go back here in a minute, a nice place if you're looking for a run off-campus and the opportunity to get closer to Mother Nature! Enjoy!!!

Totally loved these trails. My husband and I did these trails along with trail 2 which took us about 6 hrs to enjoy. Parts of these trail were a little rough. I didn't bring mine this hike, but a pair of trekking sticks or a staff would have been helpful. Areas of the trails got close to bluffs and would have just made me feel a little more secure on the trail.

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
4 months ago

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

on France Park

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice!

hiking
4 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.

I'm an avid hiker/explorer and this place is a blast! Make sure you have atleast a full day to enjoy this magical place!

hiking
5 months ago

This was such a nice and peaceful trail. Everything was so well cared for and well marked. It made for a nice day.

This park is very well maintained and the trails are well marked! We couldn’t record our hike because my phone battery is not stellar, but we hiked 7.6 miles with a combination of 8, 1, 5, 4, & 7. It was a super hot day and we were pleased to find that the Nature Center on the south end of the park is air conditioned with a lovely bird viewing room. We saw all of the falls but I think Tunnel Falls was the best! I liked Little Clifty Falls as well. When the map says the trail is rugged, they’re not kidding. The ruggedness is a great challenge, but be prepared to climb up and down on rock and roots quite a bit. Also, people who are afraid of heights should maybe stay on trail 2, because there are many drop-offs next to the trails up on the ridge. Overall we had a challenging, but rewarding, day in the outdoors!

Loved trail 5. Tunnel Falls was my favorite waterfalls of the day, Caution on the rocks leading up to the tunnel as they are slick. The tunnel is closed to foot traffic from fall to spring. Trail 5 goes around the tunnel also. South end of trail has a 153 step staircase that will give you a great quad workout. There is also a leg of the trail to take you to the creek.

Such a great place. So different from many places you will go to trail walk. Lots of great overlooks with beautiful views. I consider this more easy than moderate. All the trails are gravel and very well marked.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice, groomed trail for more of a walk, than an actual hike. Nice scenery, enjoyable stroll, but definitely NOT a moderate hike. I really enjoyed the rim of the quarry. Hats off to DePauw for maintaining this land for recreational and educational use.

Love the creek trail all the way up to the falls!

Views of the lake were great but the lack of signage along the trails made it a bit confusing.

hiking
5 months ago

Despite my rating, the trail is very well kept, wide, well-marked, and has beautiful views. I would definitely rate this trail easy rather than moderate. I rated the trail 3 stars, because I don't consider it hiking at all. It is merely a nice stroll through a nature preserve.

5 months ago

Beautiful park with nice views of wildlife and scenery. We went on a cloudy day so the beach was empty. The trail map given to us at the entrance had been copied many times it appeared so it was pretty much impossible to read. The trails are not marked well and at times we had no idea where we were. Regardless of all that it’s a beautiful area and I will return. One more thing is they need to clean up some of the trash on the trails from losers who leave cans and bottles. Sad.
A little TLC and this park would be 5 stars.

Bring bug spray! What a cool hike. Several different ecosystems, a pretty tough sandy incline, lots of wildlife, and plenty of isolated beach. My first hike in Indiana and I can’t wait to go back!

This is a nice trail out to the beach through woods and the bog. Insect repellant is prob a must...I mean it is a bog after all. I didn't have a problem with bugs with repellant on. The first mile or so is shaded with packed sand, providing a stable walking surface, and also a raised boardwalk through the bog. As you make your way toward the beach, the hills get steeper and the sand gets increasingly loose, making it a challenging hike. The views are well worth the dune hike, and I'd prefer to hike here to this beach over going to the crowded beach anyday. Great trail.

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! If you go in the summer time, you can eat some of the blackberries!

hiking
7 months ago

I recently went on a weekday morning and did have to pay $5 entrance fee. I was walking with my grandpup, and I must say there was a LOT of poison ivy he would “visit” on the trail itself - not just on the sides. Perimeter trail is pretty wide for the most part, except at certain part of west trail in prairie it had not been mown in a long time! The map provided by the park should have an inset of the smaller “nature trails” in more detail. That part is a little confusing - several trails are simply called “nature trail,” they are not numbered or marked very well - and some paths are dead ends.

hiking
7 months ago

We went for the day with our two dogs. We all loved it and great trails and beautiful views. We went swimming at the beach as well at the waterfall. The only down side was it was super busy at the beach and the waterfall, but the trails were pretty empty. They are a little over grown too. Overall experience was great though.

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