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

backpacking
6 days ago

pretty good trail. nice park. only one spot to get water. honey Creek. I would suggest starting on the opposite side of the loop as honey Creek because if it's dry there won't be any water until half way around. camel up and hike to the top of the ridge and camp there.

hiking
23 days ago

Decent trail but too much road, pretty average in terms of Indiana scenic views other than when you go all the way down to the “low gap.” It’s almost a sort of enclosure, you can see dozens of names carved into the stone and the temperature drops a little bit down there. Grab a buddy and hit this trail.

hiking
23 days ago

Best trail in Martinsville by far. I loved how it was mostly a narrow dirt path. A lot of trails these days have asphalt and road incorporated into the trail. This trail had very little and was a lot more secluded and enjoyable. Felt like I was lost in the forest almost, with it sometimes being a challenge to figure out which way to go. That’s what makes it fun. I saw a dead deer haha and multiple wild turkeys. Lots of spiderwebs in my face! Bring a buddy or two and hike this trail!!

hiking
24 days ago

Not good for backpacking!! Not enough sites. Sites to close to trailhead. People bringing in stuff with wagons and such.

running
24 days ago

Nice trail to get your blood moving and heart rate elevated. Constant ups and downs. many stream crossings that were all dried up in October, but I imagine could be quite wet and muddy in spring time. Very well marked. I didn't get lost, which is saying something

hiking
25 days ago

Got a little confused in the parking lot due to reading reviews about a gravel section and missed the trail initially and hiked the rock shelter trail and back. LOL! Oh well, it turned the hike into 12+ miles. Just in case someone is unfamiliar with the area (and to spare them my embarrassment) the Low Gap Trail crosses the parking lot close to the road. I hiked clockwise so that the oft-mentioned gravel road would be early in the hike. For future reference, the gravel section is 2.2 miles in length and is bisected by Low Gap Road. The Sweedy Hollow portion was very picturesque, with lots of interesting rock formations. Very hilly in spots, but nothing too difficult for hikers in reasonable shape. Saw a very beautiful 4-foot black rat snake out enjoying the sunny fall day. After taking a few photos, I nudged it off the trail just in case some snake hater came along and killed it out of needless fear.

hiking
1 month ago

Meh. We hiked counter clockwise and it is a typical southern Indiana trail in terms of hills and ravines. The gravel road section, which I estimate to be over 2 miles long, sucks. Nothing to look at and the gravel is rough on the feet. This is a good trail to get out and stretch your legs for 4 hours or so.

hiking
1 month ago

took my 2 yr old and my 70 yr old mom on this "easy " trail. it was beautiful. but it was NOT easy! no way this trail should be rated as easy. moderate at best. the views were beautiful. we saw tons of birds. the foliage was gorgeous. loved the lookout spot! BUT NOT EASY!

hiking
1 month ago

Like mentioned previously, trail does not follow map towards the end. Just keep going and you'll merge back on. Will work up a nice consistent sweat for you. Anyone and their mom could make the hike. If you do not train often, you will be winded torwards the 6-7 mile mark. Started at 8am and finished within 3 and a half hours. saw two solo hikers and a trail runner and that was it. Enjoy the solitude.

hiking
1 month ago

Just finished this on an overnight trip. Not to challenging, but not easy either. There is back country camping, must see rock shelter. Good section of this trail is all gravel on a private road, not pleasant to be on. Did come across a timber rattle snake on the trail, pay attention to your surroundings here.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful very clean excellent trail

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

Good trail... you walk down a gravel road for quite some time at the beginning/ end (depending how you plan it) - but it's beautiful once you get away from that. Take time to see Rock Shelter!!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

I love this trail. It’s not a nice pleasant hike. It’s about as challenging as Indiana has to offer in the area. If you want to run something tough, take this trail. Try to be the second person to run though as it is spider city.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Started the loop at Cherry lake. Got a little off course at the Bryant Lake side, but that was probably our fault. Some areas were a little overgrown, so watch out for that. Would do this again.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Enjoyable with a nice mix of terrain. Note that due reroutes the loop distance is 11.5 miles and some of the sections due not match available GPX routes. Follow the blazes and note where the older path is clearly blocked and you’ll be fine. As others have noted, if you’re the first one through in the day, expect lots of spider webs. Some of the ascents and descents are quite steep and I’d rate this as more challenging than the nearby Low Gap Trail. Some areas on power line right of way could use trimming as they are quite overgrown. I ran and walked it early in the morning after a rainy night and came out soaked at the end due to the overgrowth. Recent tree falls left it blocked at several points, but the trail is actively maintained and there was evidence of recent clearing, so I assume the trees I saw down will be cleared soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Definitely plan on going back. Had to cut it short due to weather. Very quiet and peaceful. Easy to follow trails.

hiking
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I don't know how it's listed as moderate, this trail will beat you down then back up the next hill. Overall great trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Nice trail. Fairly difficult. It was a good challenge. Lots of spider webs and bugs. Be sure to bring the Off. Parts of it seem to be unmarked. Parts were really overgrown. Really enjoyed this hike!

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail. Good distance, well maintained and marked. A good diversity of terrain also. Did also come upon on a timber rattler on the trail. Was really neat to see, a beautiful animal, but kind of scary at the same time.lol

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