Best Hikes Near Indianapolis  by Nick Werner

Best Hikes Near Indianapolis Guide Book

by Nick Werner (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Indianapolis  by Nick Werner
Here are forty-four of the best hikes, nearly all within an hour’s drive of Indianapolis, Indiana—from Shrader–Weaver Woods Nature Preserve, renowned for its “cathedral” of black walnut trees, to Cool Creek Park, a haven for birders. The hikes provide something for everyone, including swamps, floodplain forests, prairie, dry ridgetops, gorges, lush ravines, limestone and sandstone canyons, cliffs, waterfalls, and lakes. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Indianapolis" Guide Book
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Surrounded by the flat farm country of eastern Bartholomew County, the 44-acre Anderson Falls Nature Preserve is a unique geological gem tucked away in a narrow, wooded valley. The preserve offers bea ...
Hope, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
This busy, suburban park, just south of the four-lane US 36 highway, offers 3.2 miles of trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers. You never quite leave civilization at Avon–Washington Township Par ...
Plainfield, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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Most people head to southern Indiana to enjoy the hills. But it would be a mistake to overlook the flat wetlands at Beanblossom Bottoms. A boardwalk takes you through successional fields, marsh, sedge ...
Ellettsville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
The trail at Fortune Woods in the Big Walnut Nature Preserve is fittingly called Tall Timbers. Hikers will pass through old-growth stands of towering hardwoods. But the name overlooks another of the t ...
Bainbridge, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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A great companion hike to the nearby Tall Timbers Trail, Hall Woods also starts on a broad upland ridge and follows it as it tapers down to the floodplain along the banks of Big Walnut Creek. This sho ...
Bainbridge, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
The days of dust bowls are long behind us, but this trail, born out of the Great Depression, lives on as a tribute to American endurance. Generations of hikers have enjoyed the trail since the men of ...
Nashville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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The Fire Tower Trail starts on Weed Patch Hill, Brown County State Park’s highest point, and follows a ridge behind the fire tower, passing a Civilian Conservation Corps shelter before dropping into a ...
Nashville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
The Taylor Ridge Trail (Trail 9), when you include the extension to Ogle Lake, is likely the toughest hike in the park and one not to be taken lightly. At 7.2 miles, the distance alone earns it a “dif ...
Nashville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
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While only 1 mile long, this trail is by far the most challenging in the guide because it involves rocky, uneven terrain and a few steps of climbing. If you’re daring enough to take on this hike you w ...
Bloomington, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
If you’re looking to really get away from civilization, the Sycamore Trail in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area is the place to go. The hike begins and ends at a fire tower open to visitors. In addi ...
Heltonville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
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While this hike focuses on a riparian woodland surrounding Cool Creek, it passes through a scenic wildflower prairie as well. Be sure to bring your binoculars if you got them. Cool Creek Park is among ...
Westfield, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
Hikers who live in Indianapolis don’t even have to leave the city to experience one of the best trails in the state. The rugged Volksmarch Trail, in the city’s 5,300-acre Eagle Creek Park, passes thro ...
New Augusta, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
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While the distance is short, this hike is worth a drive just to take in the scenery. The focal points of the hike are the property’s deep gulches and vertical sandstone walls, textured by ferns and br ...
Putnamville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Like Eagle Creek Park (Hike 1), Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence is a natural gem in an otherwise urban area. Biodiversity abounds along the Fall Creek/Camp Creek loop, as hikers traverse the swam ...
Lawrence, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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If you’ve hiked the Fall Creek Trail (Hike 2) and are looking for something more secluded, try the Lawrence Creek Trail. Limited mostly to upland woods, Lawrence Creek's scenery is not as diverse as F ...
Lawrence, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
This secluded, 563-acre nature preserve is tucked away at the end of a dead-end road in the hills of Owen County. The trail follows a long ridge out to the steep and rocky slopes that border Raccoon C ...
Whitehall, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Exploring the trails at Holliday Park might just be the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Located on the north side of Indianapolis, the park is a relatively short drive from anywhere ...
Indianapolis, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
The out-and-back Browning Mountain hike starts at the Nebo Ridge north trailhead, west of the community of Story, and ends in mystery. Southern Indiana’s version of Stonehenge, Browning Mountain is re ...
Kurtz, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
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Just outside Bloomington, the Pate Hollow trail system offers 7.7 miles of hiking through a mixed hardwood forest with beautiful views of Lake Monroe, and an inner connector trail for hikers who want ...
Smithville, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.1
As its name suggests, the primary purpose of this property is to provide Indiana University with a natural setting for research and teaching. Nonetheless, Griffy Woods is a great destination for recre ...
Bloomington, IN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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