Explore the most popular nature trips 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
16 hours ago

TRAIL 2 and 8 SO NOT CONNECT AT NORTH END. Trail 2 is an out and back trail if you go all the way up to the waterfall. you would need to hike back down to trails 5 or 8 to exit trail 2.

TRAIL 2 IS ALSO VERY RUGGED. it is literally in the creekbed of the river. you will get wet, and depending on how much rain there has been it could be nearly impassable at parts. I would not recommend this trail for kids or children.

Having said that, my SO and I did all the trails in the park and trail 2 was the most scenic and the least traveled. The view of the waterfall when you get up to the end of trail 2 is just surreal. I purposed to my SO at the end of trail 2 (base of big clifty) and it was just stunning scenery.

an alternative to get to trail 2 is to park at structure B (oak grove shelter) and then hike trail 5 to 2. this would also be an out and back route

trail running
1 day ago

I have been running there to train for a Spartan race .It's a good challenge.

walking
1 day ago

Peaceful and relaxing

Easy trail. Great for a good long walk. Bring mosquito repellent!

From out of town, found the parking lot mostly empty and the course was clearly marked and mostly paved. Ran a couple of laps.

Pure awesome is what to expect from this trail. It has a lot to offer. The hills are of adequate size to present some challenge. The trees are beautiful and most of the hike is in the shade. There are several creek crossings but with a little effort you can keep your boots dry. The falls is fun. After ending up there the first day we found it so enjoyable we returned on the second day to cool off in the water. We decided that we would buy water shoes to put in our packs for walking on rocky creek bottoms. Remember to apply bug spray with Deet, pack water, and wear good quality hiking shoes.

walking
3 days ago

Good views of downtown Indy. There are bicycle, kayak, and paddle boat rentals near the fountain as an alternative to walking

hiking
3 days ago

Well-maintained and well-trafficked trail that’s good for hiking or trail running. Definitely would consider this to be more easy than moderate

This was my first time really hiking and I loved it here! There are so many trails and so much to see! I will need to go back several times to see it all.

trail running
3 days ago

This is the long trail in Fort Harrison. Beautiful trail with loads of trees and wildlife. Little slick in spots after the rain but not too bad

hiking
4 days 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
5 days ago

Fun for a short get away to the woods, plus it’s free!!

5 days ago

Beautiful and very well-kept park.

Shaded trail great for walking your fur babies. Nice little waterfall with a stream along the trail.

The trails are pretty but definitely need better markings. Especially where trail 2 comes out near the trailside shelter. On the map it looks like it runs parallel to that shelter and the swings further north. There’s a trail marker slightly hidden there that sends you down a creek bed which I’m pretty sure isn’t the actual trail. Then, when 3 and 2 split off there are markers but if you take the trail 2 loop you are in your own for markers until you get to the intersection of the trail leading to campground A. It needs more markers since there are a few side trails that cause you to question which way to go. Trail 3, which was pretty much a straight line and the easiest to follow, had the most markers.

I did use one of the shelter restrooms and it was clean and well stocked. The gate attendant was very friendly.

Great asset to Hendricks County. Rarely busy. Trails aren’t very lengthy but you can do a few of them and get a little more distance in. My dog loves playing in the creek.

I took my dog down on Wednesday of last week. We parked at Cherry Lake and went clockwise. The trail is poorly marked in a couple spots. At the end, we ended up at the park headquarters but were able to get back to our car. Total mileage was 10.85. I loved Bryant Creek Lake. We stopped and had a snack there & enjoyed the view. We only came across 4 people all day. Would definitely recommend.

Good and relaxed. The lake is amazing. Bring floating gear to chill in the lake. Your shoes will take a beating from all the horse shit. It's a horse/walk trail. But had fun.... Cheers

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this trail before finding this app. Trail #3 is a nice trail. It passes through some virgin timber, along several sinkholes, caves, and has plenty of ups and downs. The trail markings where it intersects with Trail #4 can be a bit confusing. Nice trail overall.

backpacking
8 days ago

Super muddy in certain areas but there is walk-around paths to avoid it. Very beautiful. Some areas were just breathtaking. My 5 year old cane along and loved every minute of it!

Beautiful

Not all trails clearly marked, prepare for mud/ standing water if recently rained, backs up to housing development, decent gradient changes in certain paths

Busy trail, walkers, bikers, runners, little shade during day

I have been coming here my whole life and have always loved visiting. Very quiet with good trails and the views are amazing

backpacking
9 days ago

Good trail, don't do it after a rain though, trail will be really muddy.

Very solid trails. I’m not sure that it gets much better in flat Indiana. Trail 7 through the wetlands was very nice.

This trail, or system of trails, cuts through woods and some paved paths. It’s not really one trail but a series of paths. Nice walk, but it could be better organized.

Great trail! Loved the views. Pretty challenging. We took the trail 7 offshoot to walk along the shore a bit. Would recommend doing that.

First of all, Be careful of the wood stairs and wood foot-bridges when it’s wet. They are all very slippery! I almost fell down a thirty foot fight of stairs while it was pouring. I slid down five steps, but luckily I was able to grab the rail with my arm.

Backpacked and camped at the backpacking campground this weekend with my 6yo daughter. The campsites are nice. Water, privy and firewood are available.
No need to request firewood to be delivered as told in the trail description. There are bundles stacked up in a small wood shelter, and there is a slot to drop your money, $5 per bundle.
You must register for your campsite at the main gate and it costs $12 plus tax per night. Seven sites are available and they’re on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The raccoons are aggressive so don’t leave your food or trash out unattended even for a few minutes. I went it to my tent to get my daughter ready for bed, and I heard something fall from the pic-nick table. A raccoon snagged our six pound food bag, and I had to chase him 100ft down the trail and into the woods to get it back!
Friday night there was only one other group of campers. We were the only ones there on Saturday. There’s lots of animal sounds at night, many I couldn’t recognize.
The canoe camp is less than a half mile walk away from the backpacking camp. There is a very nice view of Sugar Creek from there. I was surprised that we didn’t see anyone camped there either night. Though, there was quite a bit of rain this past weekend. As far as registration for The canoe camp, no need to register at the gate as the ranger will come around in the evening to collect fees from the canoe campers. As the park’s trail guide states, there is no limit to how many can camp there, all canoe campers must be accommodated as there are no other camping options.

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