Explore the most popular State 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.

backpacking
2 days ago

Difficult trail from ascent/descent to water availability to navigation.

hiking
3 days ago

The views are beautiful. markings are a little confusing.

backpacking
4 days ago

This was a challenging, but fun, trail. We started out last Friday and finished Sunday. I must say, the Southern part of the trail is much more difficult than the Northern. At one point West of the Old Iron Bridge, there is no trail. Only thick mud so it was difficult to follow anything and very slow going for about a mile and a half. Friday we hammock camped at the Pioneer shelter and woke up to a downpour. From there, hiking counter clockwise, we hit the detour which includes a road hike for about a mile or so. Once back on the trail it was decent for the rest of the detour. Although. it does take you on a horse trail, which in the rain, is a muddy mess. Night 2 we stayed at the Indian Creek shelter, again in our hammocks and the rain came again. The 9 mile hike out the next day was a breeze. Overall this is a very nice trail with some challenging climbs. Especially in the rain. We didn't need our water drops either day because there was water EVERYWHERE. I will caution you, when we got there Friday morning, everything was dry. So, if you're going and there is not a 100% chance of rain, drop off water.

Chain O’Lakes is one of my favorite state parks in Indiana. Love the elevation changes, the gorgeous sunsets, the birds and the beavers! The dogs and I come here as often as we can.

This is actually 11 trails and a Indiana 50/100mile trail instead of one big loop. Most loops are under a mile but trail 6, 10 & 11 are 2-4miles. There is also the yellow Indiana 50/100 trail which is not on the park’s map.

Most of the trails are packed mud, sand or gravel though sometimes you come across water logged mud patches or areas of leaf and gravel litter. What is nice is that horses are not allowed here so the trails are not destroyed or covered in manure! Lol

Nice trail. Easy. Part dirt, part gravel. However trail is not as shown in this app. Review trail maps recorded by others in this app for a more accurate trail map.

Nice short trail. Path is graveled. The final hill going down to the parking lot is steeper and has ravines. The park rates this trail as moderate but other than the last hill, it’s not that bad.

Great trail. Could use a few more signs in certain areas but some great scenery and rock formations. This is a great workout but isn’t crazy difficult. Recommend, but not as a first hike for people.

walking
11 days ago

If you are visiting the city, the canal walk is one of the activities you will not want to miss.

I hiked this in a counter clockwise direction. Clear path. Markers when needed. The observation deck next to the creek was nice. Over all a nice trail!

This is primarily an out and back trail with a short loop at the beginning. I skipped the loop going out and picked it up on my return. There was a downed tree at the first inlet that requires decent climbing. I’m sure they’ll have it cleared soon.

I wish I had had a trash bag with me as there was quite a bit of trash that had been washed in with all the rain/flooding.

I lost the trail for a minute or so at a creek crossing. I think the trail could use a few more markers in those areas.

Over all a great little hike!

Nice little trail around the lake. Well traveled so markers aren’t really needed. Muddy this time of year since we’ve had a lot of rain.

hiking
18 days ago

Well maintained trail. If you love to hike close to the creek this is a great trail for that once you make the decent to the bottom. Trail markers are well placed and in good shape.

Trail head is at the West watch tower. Plenty of parking for this time of year. I imagine it probably gets full quickly during warmer weather. Picnic benches at the trail head. Grass space available for a picnic.

Lower bridge was washed out.

Relaxing and surprisingly dry.

Pretty fun trail! A lot more up and down than expected. Be sure to pack lots of water and drop off water at one of the shelters along the trail.

The area west of the Old Iron Bridge along the river becomes a thick muddy swamp for 1.5 miles. It's slow going and can be hard to follow the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike. Great look out about half way. Has a lot of steps built to make your climb easy. Even for beginners this would be great

It is a fine property but needs better trail markings.

on Bloodroot Trail

1 month ago

Easy hike and the trail was very well maintained

1 month ago

I absolutely love this park and this trail! Grew up hiking it and love it every time.

A great trail with great scenery

Not well marked at first -good thing we ran into some others going the other direction and got us on trail- pretty easy start to a hard trail.

Some really messy spots for my hike but overall decent and good diverse in sights

hiking
1 month ago

Whole park is worth hiking. This crosses the bridge and loops around the hill down a nice canyon.

1 month ago

took the kids today. we had fun!

1 month ago

beautiful... flowing creek with gorgeous rocks, then it goes up, up up...pretty steep for a bit. trail markers are sparse at times, but you can see the trail mostly

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked moderate trail.

Very flat but scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty views of Clifty Falls. Lots of steps and stairs. We did it in conjunction with other trails to makea longer hike. Bring a trail map! The trails intersect frequently.

1 month ago

Did trail 3 and 4, both trails are well marked. They both have steps in some areas.

Short, but very scenic. Moderate due to steps, but other fairly easy. Combined trail 6 and 5 to make a five mile hike.

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