Explore the most popular Parks 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
1 day ago

This is my favorite quick overnight backpacking trip, it's also great for younger kids. It's 5 miles from the trailhead/parking lot to the spot at the furthest reach of the peninsula. Horses do use this trail so if it's been wet be prepared for some really chopped up soupy areas.

Falls vary depending upon rain. So they're great sometimes and other times you'll find little water flowing. Be sure to cross to the other side to hike. The Falls are right off the road but there's a decent amount of woods to hike on the other side. You can also walk behind the waterfall which is pretty nice. Wear suitable shoes. It can be wet and muddy

Nice, easy quick trail to spend some quiet time in the woods by the water. You may come across someone fishing.

Great scenic hike with a ton of views to see and explore. The trail is easy and please take the second loop on the trail. You don’t want to miss the second waterfall along with a large shallow cave! You can walk inside the cave while being right behind the waterfall.

hiking
5 days ago

Great views

For Indianapolis I give it a five star. Great for biking, walking or running. For a beginner biker I’ve taken a few brutal spills but this time of year (Nov) it is a great running trail due to less traffic. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also like 10 min from home. Only 20 min drive from downtown on a weekend.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail that is easy/moderate. During wet or rainy times, the trail can be slick and muddy in many places. Twice we lost the trail, but that is also easier to do when the ground is leaf covered. We crossed at least 10 streams in total. The lake is visible from most of the trail except for a couple of areas.

My wife and I completed this trail on a 35 degree (at most) day and for the first time on this trail, plenty of water was flowing over the falls. And, due to the cold temps, plenty of ice at the bottoms of the falls. This is one of my favorite hikes in terms of scenery, bluffs, cliffs, rock faces, and similar. Absolutely beautiful area. Overall, this is a easy to moderate trail with only a handful of sketchy areas for the really young or old. Exploring around and off the trail is what makes this trail so fascinating! See our photos here.

Trails 2&3 are pretty well marked, fairly challenging for beginners with a couple of nice hills to get the old muscleS warmed up, however when we moved across the street to trail 1 it is not marked very well. As this was our first time really hiking and not just walking on pavement at a county park we found our selves walking in a circle with no clear path to get off this endless loop. We did and still had an wonderful day am looking forward to returning in the spring when the leaveS come back.

hiking
6 days ago

I normally go on more backwoods trails. I went to the nature center that had a bird growing window, and from there hit the trail. This trail had stairs and can be difficult for anyone with knee issues. I found the trail easy, quick, a great place for a photo of the lake with fall colors. It has roots on the path around the lake and there's a small waterfall. (I feel it's an exaggeration to say waterfall). I would do this trail again for the colors and picture opportunities, plus, the nature center with the knowledgeable and friendly rangers. ...if ...its late in the day and you need to fit a hike in, go here.

hiking
6 days ago

A good walk to visit the remains of the old Rose Island park.

This trail definitely more rugged than others in the park. The trail is still walkable though and offers some nice scenery with rock formations, creeks, and views of the Ohio River.

on Peninsula Trail

7 days ago

Nice trail. We we’ve been backpacking on this trail twice, once in February and once in August and it was a good experience both times. Park at the Grubb Ridge parking area. From there it’s a fairly easy 1.5-2 hour hike to the shore. There are many ready to go campsites right on the lake. This is a popular camping area and there was quite a bit of trash left behind at some sites. On our February trip we got some rain/slush overnight and the trail gets very muddy quickly.

on Low Gap Trail

7 days ago

The Low Gap is a great trail for quick overnight backpacking trips. While the trail isn’t overly difficult there are some elevation changes that will get your heart rate up. Also, some creek bed hiking (beware of slick smooth rocks). The scenery in the forest is nice, particularly in the fall. I’ve been here several times and have not seen the sort of litter you see at campsites on other trails, which is nice. There are several established campsites in the backcountry area. Look near Gourley and Shipman ridge for some really good spots. There is one thing about the trail that to me really makes it more of a 3.5 star, the infamous overly long gravel road portion of the trail. The large pieces of sharp gravel can hurt your feet even in decent boots. Even with the gravel this is a worthwhile trail and worth repeat visits.

Watch out this trail is under construction so hard to complete the loop right now.
Don’t know how but my garmin GPS recorded 2.8 miles not as advertised, other than that awesome views.

backpacking
11 days ago

Loved this trail... halfway through I got to catch a couple fish and make a meal... I headed back just before it got dark. There were some elevation changes that would make this a moderate trail but the last leg of it mellowed out and followed a ridge. Good times.

Trail is an out and back right now due to downed trees. Went out with our kids and had to turn around. There is a sign in. Sheet at the beginning. Nothing was noted about the trail damage.

hiking
12 days ago

My wife and I hiked Trail 7 around Ogle lake today about 1 week past prime fall colors, but the Beech and Maple trees were still beautiful. The trail felt a little shorter than the claimed 1.5 miles, but we didn't track it to be certain. Quite easy trail with little to no elevation to speak of. Although trail maps show the trail going away from the lake a bit on the North side, it appears the trail does stay near waters edge the entire loop. Heavily trafficked especially during prime times in the park. Nice views of the lake on all sides.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice trail overall. Other than the long uphill stairs and one other short section, the trail was not too difficult and mostly flat or slight inclines/declines. My wife and I started from Ogle Parking Lot and hiked in a counterclockwise direction. We were about 1 week past prime fall colors, but still beautiful as the Beech Trees and occasional Maple were beautiful. The trail map provided at the gates are not drawn to scale or at least not that great to rely on in regard to how close you are to a road, etc. The rail actually goes right next to Hesitation Point and the main road whereas on the trail map provided, it is not that close. Trail markings were mostly good. Also, it appears unless you hike out and back to the West Overlook, the trail is closer to 3.2 miles than 3.5 miles. We will hike again in the future.

Great trail! The sink holes, creek crossings and natural bridges were all amazing, as were the fall colors. The trail was clearly marked and well-maintained, and the interpretative signs were interesting and in good shape. I’d love to do this trail again.

fun trail!

Really beautiful hike. Pretty well marked. Definitely one to try and one that I will do again.

hiking
13 days ago

Fascinating geological site. You can get up close to observe parallel rock layers that break and fold and are quite colorful. The trail is quite steep in a couple places and though safe if you are cautious, I would not bring a young child here unless well disciplined. The arch itself is small and can be muddy.
Well worth driving a distance...an unusual site, which I found by accident, spotting on a map.

hiking
13 days ago

Went during late fall and the trees are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The rugged trial (9) is more just a lot of hills, so it’s definitely not a terribly hard hike, but it’s very peaceful and relaxing. There’s quite a bit to explore there as well.

13 days ago

The trail was well marked and dog friendly.

trail running
13 days ago

Great city park! Perfect for families, dogs, walking, and running. Especially beautiful during autumn.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail that is not very hard. Has decent
Elevation for this area. Had rained so the trail was slick with wet rocks, roots and leaves.

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.

Takes you to see 2-3 waterfalls. 1 only moves water when it gets a lot of rain. Trail 7 has 2 different legs: a rugged trail that takes you through a creek bed and down some pretty steep rocks, and the moderate: bypasses a lot of that, but you climb a lot of stairs. Love this trail, the scenery is beautiful

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