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Best trails in Indiana

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Trying to find the best Indiana trails? AllTrails has 697 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Indianapolis, Bloomington or Nashville, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 453 easy trails in Indiana ranging from 0.6 to 52.6 miles and from 364 to 1,174 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Indiana
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#1 - Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls, Tunnel Falls
Clifty Falls State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
For up to date COVID information, see the park website here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/10342.htm?utm_source=agency-website&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=&utm_term=&utm_content= The park has $9 entrance fee for non-Indiana residents $7 fee for Indiana residentsShow more
#2 - Cowles Bog Trail
Indiana Dunes National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
The featured hike is a lollipop shaped trail and a classic of the Indiana dunes. Starting from the north parking lot, hike out back to Mineral Springs Road on the gravel entrance road and pick up the trail across the street. The trail heads along the edge of a wetland with abundant plant and wildlife diversity. At roughly the one-mile mark, you will reach the loop trail junction. The preferred direction around the loop is counterclockwise. Take the trail to the right. The trail will now run through black oak savanna and between interdunal ponds filled with aquatic life. At roughly the 1.5-mile mark, stay to the right at the junction with the cut-off trail. As you near Lake Michigan, you have to climb up and then down the steep final dune. The reward is sweeping views of Lake Michigan and a beach to yourself. Pack a lunch and stay awhile. For the return, travel 0.2 miles to the west on the beach and look for the trail and signs to head back over the dune. Stay right at the cut-off trail junction, left at the Greenbelt trail south parking lot connector and right at the loop trail junction. The trail will now take you back out to the north parking lot. For a slightly shorter and easier journey, take the cut-off trail. This will take a little under a mile off the trail length and avoids the steep dune climbs (but also avoids seeing Lake Michigan). The Cowles Bog loop trail can also be accessed from the south using the Greenbelt Trail at the south parking lot. The Cowles Bog Trail highlights an area of such outstanding plant diversity that it was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1965. This location, where Dr. Henry Cowles conducted much of his early work in plant ecology and succession in the early 1900s, remains an important focus for scientific study today. Explore several distinct habitats along this 4.7-mile trail including ponds, marshes, swamps, black oak savannas and beaches. Steep sand dunes near Lake Michigan make this a very strenuous journey. Many visitors pack a lunch to enjoy at the shoreline while resting for the return trip (don't forget to "pack out" your trash). Make sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection. - Both parking lots open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm - Free (no entrance or parking fees). - Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed. - Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter). - Trail is not wheelchair accessible. - Trail surface is mixture of loose sand and packed dirt. - No potable water. - Year-round porta-potties are available at both the north and south parking lots. - The parking lot is gravel and has room for 10 cars (no handicap only spots). Turn right immediately before the town of Dune Acre’s guard shack.Show more
#3 - Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail
Hoosier National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
This short loop drops into a slot canyon surrounded by large stands of hemlock and oak forests. Half way through you walk under a massive rock house and on your way back out pass by a nice waterfall.Show more
#4 - Three Lakes Trail
Morgan Monroe State Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
Note: Users have reported that only two of the lakes are visible. The lake that was at the southern end of this loop trail is gone. The dam broke several years ago and has not been rebuilt. Show more
#5 - Turkey Run Trail 5, 9, 3, 10, 4, 8 and 1
Turkey Run State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Turkey Run Trails #2 through #11 are a maze of short interconnected trails taking you through the most spectacular terrain in the state. In total you traverse 11 miles of wooded terrain full of deep ravines, ridge tops, hiking through waterfalls and climbing ladders as you make your way through the landscape. The trails range from .5 miles in length to 2 miles in length. An additional trail, #1, is three miles and is perhaps the most scenic of all the trails. In reality, if you hiked all the trails you would hike far more than the 11 miles because of the interconnectivity and the cross over of the trails. The whole area is very scenic and unique. There are numerous ladders and steps built for erosion control and to aid the visitors ability to see all the remote areas. The area is a great introduction to hiking for kids because of the varied length of the trails and the remarkable beauty of the area. For trail updates: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2964.htmShow more
#6 - Low Gap Trail
Morgan Monroe State Forest
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
The Sweedy Hollow area on the southwest portion of loop is beautiful. There's even a stone cove in one of the hills. The northern part of trail isn't so thrilling because a lot of it is gravel road, which is tiresome to the feet. Also the part alongside Forest Rd is a bit underwhelming due to logging and erosion. Perfect length for a serious jaunt though.Show more
#7 - Lake Monroe Peninsula Trail
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
#8 - Pate Hollow Trail
Hoosier National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
#9 - Indiana Dunes Trail 8 to Trail 4 Loop
Indiana Dunes State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Challenge yourself, your friends and your family to climb the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes National Park. The 1.5-mile challenge trail is the toughest in the park, with 552 vertical feet to climb. The reward: breathtaking views and the title of dune conqueror.Show more
#10 - Camp Creek and Fall Creek Trails Loop
Fort Harrison State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Note that this route has been closed and rerouted many times. The map provided may not match the newest trail at this park.Show more
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