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My son and I biked the first 10 miles of this trail starting at Peru and heading toward Rochester. The trail is paved, level, and very well maintained throughout. There were clear mile markers, and good railings along elevated portions all the way. The trail is mostly wooded as it's an old rail line, and it takes you through typical rural scenery for northern Indiana. From the trailhead at Peru to the tiny Town of Denver (Mile 1 to Mile 8 or so) is an especially beautiful ride through the woods and over creeks and rivers, especially with lovely fall foliage at this time of year. There were some fallen walnuts and twigs at spots on the trail but we didn't have any real problems Would definitely ride this trail again in the future.

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1 month ago

I loved it

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4 months ago

Although a few spots are tight to walk through, the scenery is very beautiful and there’s a nice change in elevation so you can lookout over the reservoir.

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7 months ago

Nice 2.3 mile trail with views of the reservoir and dam. Cool but sunny late March day following a couple days of rain made the trail soft and muddy in spots. Currently has some tree limbs blown down on trail. We will be back again in June.

Proud that this gateway to getting outdoors is apart of my hometown community. Loved biking it with my family from Peru to Bunker Hill when I was little.

Trail maintenance totally neglected and trash everywhere. Can't recommend.

Fri Sep 07 2018

Nice 2.5 casual hike; bland scenery.

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Wed Aug 22 2018

I may be biased from growing up in the area, but when I think of Indiana, my childhood home of Peru, in Miami County comes to mind. Growing up my mom would take me on trips to Missenwa Reservoir to picnic, play in the water, and hike. The Native American history is rich here, and Francis Slocum's story has always fascinated me. I encourage research before going on this walk to truly appreciate its beauty and history as I have come to.

One of my least favorite trails. The narrow, overgrown paths and pretty terrible markings made it hard to know if you were ever going the right direction. There was trash everywhere, and people made "campsites" seemingly wherever they wanted along the way. Definitely will not be coming back.

These trails are nothing more then deer trails that have been cut into the side of very steep ravines made only a little wider by all the horse riders. The start of the trail is hard to find as well as the trail blazes. There are so many other trails crossing & splitting off that you never know for sure if you are still on the right one or not. It is a thick woods that never opens up to any grand views but it holds all the magic it needs to bring me back again. It is a great workout hiking these hilly trails with a full pack. We came across two horse riders who took the time to tell us a little about the place. With their directions we found a spring that feeds a little creek that runs to the north of the parking lot. There is a road to the east & south. There is a river to the West. This is a steep little box of nature, just open & enjoy. Running Turtle

Took me a little while to find the trail. There are 2 options: 1) There is a clearing near the parking lot, where a few trails lead into (however I'm not sure if those are the official trail), 2) Walk back up the road for about .4 miles, you'll see a thin tree with a yellow blaze to the left about 10 ft in. This trail is no longer maintained by the DNR and it shows. There are infinite trails that weave through the forest. The Boy Scouts blazed the official trail with yellow markers a long the way, however it is still incredibly difficult to follow. It helps to look for horse hoof prints, but that isn't always helpful either. Over all it is a pretty fun hike. Don't worry about getting too lost, if you just head west long enough, you'll hit the river and that will lead you back to the parking lot.

This trail is somewhat hard to find and has non-existent trail markers. The trail follows the river below the dam, enter on the right by the fishing parking. The trail is also used by horses, in a rainy period, the lower section will be very muddy. There are endless loops on the trail, so one can make the trail as long as they have time for.

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