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The trail was very good marked and maintained pretty good as well. We went early on a Saturday and just saw one parked car but met no other hikers at all. We saw a few deers, chipmunks and beautiful wildflowers. There were some spider webs but not an awful lot, we experienced worse. The flies were kinda annoying though. The only downside and the reason for not giving this one 5 stars is the amount of flies, mosquitos and that we got attacked by mini ticks. Long pants, long socks and anti tick spray on shoes, socks and pants didn’t hold them back. Besides that it was a really pretty and strenuous trail. I’d suggest to start the loop by going left, then you’ll start out with a couple of climbs and the second half is mostly flat. I’d defiantly do this one again, but I’d check for the mini ticks every couple of hours. Those are nasty!

Needs some work, there were a few moments where we lost the trail. No trail markers, so I’m not certain how far we actually walked. Otherwise, it was nice and quiet with a great view of the lake!

road biking
1 day ago

Look for the boardwalk and nature trail right in the middle of this trail. There is a huge dog park and. Playground as well. Good paves and wood trail for road biking, walking, running. Located in a quiet neighborhood.

There are a couple high grade hills on this trail that are good for sprints or intervals. There are High Grade signs so you know it’s coming. You’ll have to do a couple loops to make it worthwhile.

Directions are incorrect. Took to gated dead end with no parking sign.

hiking
1 day ago

Quality little hike!

hiking
2 days ago

Backpacked the full route this past weekend with friends. Loved the trail and terrain. Hats off to the volunteers who've created, maintained, blazed, etc. these trails. Fantastic job. Couple of quick tidbits to pass along, buy the official trail map - I can't imagine how much more difficult it would have been without it. Download the HHC trail guide and take it with you. It has key info regarding places where it would be easy to get lost, and upcoming water. Note that the Pine Rd. exit off 37 no longer exists so you'll have to access the SF HQ from the south (Bloomington) or the north (Martinsville). Stop for a cold drink at the Hickory Shades motel in Belmont, the only vending machine we found on the route.
90 degree days with no breeze to speak of...quite a challenge. I'd like to do it again in the full color of fall.

my s.o. took me here for my birthday last year. great views and we had fun. now chain o lakes will always hold a special place in my heart.

Really enjoyed this trail, it's not too difficult and there are several peeks at the river along the way.

Some forks in the trail are not marked at all, so this turned a bit into a guessing game. When you get to the parking lot, go on the unmarked wider trail and just a bit farther down will be a sign. We went with young children and took the wrong one from the start, which added a lot of time. It was pretty, but our kids were over it by the time we actually found the waterfall.

Also, the day we went there were a LOT of active spiderwebs that we had to gently push through. (ALL had spiders in them.) Just be prepared for that.

But this was very beautiful and only about 40 mins from SW Fort Wayne.

Flat, connects to nickel plate trail.

First, this place is huge, I’ve went twice already and still have been everywhere. The trails are not marked very well at all but I enjoy just walking wherever my curiosity leads me and I have a good enough sense of direction that it’s not a problem for me to find my way back. You also get cell signal so you can just mark your car on maps and follow that back if you need the extra help.
I went on a Thursday morning and only saw two other people walking and one biker. I then went on a Saturday morning and holy hell it was busy and there were so many bikers. The trail gets narrow in parts so this makes navigating bikers tricky at times. I wouldn’t go back on a weekend.

This trail was not at all as I expected, but so worth it. Hiked/Ran the full loop with all 6 expert routes, and I can see why this trail is graded hard. It was a true workout with several hill climbs. Passed only one other hiker and no bikers, but the parking lot was full of cars by the time we finished the hike. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Well-marked and shaded the majority of the time. As others have indicated, bring bug spray.

I’m fit, yet this trail kicked my butt. You’ll need AT LEAST three full days of hiking, unless you are a freak of nature. It’s a lot of fun though and great southern Indiana scenery!

hiking
2 days ago

one of my favorite trails. so much climbing and exploring to be done on this trail. sites to see the whole way. you are basically climbing up the creek bed and its awesome. be careful some slippery areas. water fall was beautiful I could hang out there all day.

beautiful scenery and a lot to explore and see. I'd rate this as more moderate but there a quite a few stairs and inclines. Paths are marked and clear.

OH MY GOD! Tick city!! Three of us went on this trail and yes, it was beautiful but took a terrible turn towards the end with all the ticks. Beautiful hike but beware!

This is a beautifully maintained bike trail. It says hikers are welcome on the sign, but the trails are too narrow to allow bicyclists and hikers through at the same time. Bikers had to stop for us to get out of their way. All were extremely nice about it (thanks!) but we felt like we were imposing more than sharing just by being there on foot.

backpacking
3 days ago

We did a two day overnight on this trail. Camp sites are nice. Will do again in future.

Quiet wooded trail following Big Walnut with several overlooks.

This trail is a true hidden gem. one of the prettiest in Indiana.

We were the only hikers out amongst the mountain bikers. It was a great hike, long but peaceful. We had our dog with us and he did great! We will be back.

Well-marked trail. Enjoyed the cave and the creek crossings. A well-kept park with nice scenery. Plan to return in the fall.

Good hike with nice shade and a few views of the Ohio river. Nice breeze and shade for a midday hike! Variety of terrain is nice.

Nice, level, paved walk from parking lot to observation deck. A lot of sand hill crane posted info and wheelchair accessible ramp to viewing tower.

Much better autumn trail than summer... need to have long pants and long-sleeved shirt. Trail not cared for well... or well used... massive spider webs cross trails every few feet... poison ivy all over trail itself and thorns and nettles. Nice view, good exercise but not for summer hiking in shorts or t-shirts.

Nice happy hike! Crossed bridge and added Rose Island in middle for fun!

Very cool hike in going clockwise on trail #3 the fun and historic look back at the old resort on Rose island! Hike out on pavement is not to be taken lightly if not in good shape!! Liked the history a lot!

This would be such a fun beginner trail running path, but a large portion is closed for several months and August had just way too many spiderwebs, biting bugs and loud cicadas for now. I’d suggest waiting for a less humid day to enjoy this beautiful trail.

The Shades has the best trails in the state. Prepare to walk in creekbeds and take extra shoes and socks.

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