Best Trails Near Bloomington IN

Bloomington has 20 trails in the vicinity, including 14 hiking trails and 5 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.3 to 57.7 miles in length. The longest trail in Bloomington is Hoosier Hills Challenge a well-known trail measuring 57.7 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Cope Hollow Loop, McCormick’s Creek State Park: Falls Canyon Trail and McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wolf Cave Trail. Trails.com member T.J. A. recently completed McCormick’s Creek State Park: Falls Canyon Trail.

More information on the best trails in Bloomington can be found below.
  • Cope Hollow Loop

    9 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    This trail leads through the Charles C. Deam Wilderness of the Hoosier National Forest.
    •  6 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail leads through the Charles C. Deam Wilderness of the Hoosier National Forest.

  • McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wolf Cave Trail

    9 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    A trail through a state nature preserve to an open cave.
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail through a state nature preserve to an open cave.

  • McCormick’s Creek State Park: Falls Canyon Trail

    6 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    A combination of park trails through McCormick’s Creek Canyon that leads from a canyon waterfall to the White River and back.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A combination of park trails through McCormick’s Creek Canyon that leads from a canyon waterfall to the White River and ...

  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest: Three Lakes Loop

    3 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    This trail visits the steep, forested ridges, ravines, creeks, and lakes of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
    •  6 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail visits the steep, forested ridges, ravines, creeks, and lakes of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.

  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest: Low Gap Trail

    2 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    A loop trail covering steep, forested ridges, ravines, creeks, and the Backcountry Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
    •  7 hours or overnight
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail covering steep, forested ridges, ravines, creeks, and the Backcountry Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.

  • Hoosier Hills Challenge

    1 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Bloomington is the home of Indiana University and, for over twenty years, an outstanding ride named the Hoosier-Hills Bike Tour. Held annually on the first weekend of June, the ride attracts ...
    •  57.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Bloomington is the home of Indiana University and, for over twenty years, an outstanding ride named the Hoosier-Hills Bike ...

  • Sycamore Loop

    1 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    A trail that leads along creek and to ravine overlooks of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.
    •  3.5 hours or over-
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail that leads along creek and to ravine overlooks of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.

  • Peninsula Trail

    1 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    This hike through Charles C. Deam Wilderness leads to a peninsula jutting into Lake Monroe, the state’s largest lake.
    •  5 hours or overnight
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike through Charles C. Deam Wilderness leads to a peninsula jutting into Lake Monroe, the state’s largest lake.

  • Bloomington, Heltonville, Stinesville, and Spencer

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Home to Indiana University, Bloomington exudes diversity and sophistication. The community offers the most accessible gateway to Lake Monroe and its recreational resources, along with access ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Home to Indiana University, Bloomington exudes diversity and sophistication. The community offers the most accessible gateway ...

  • Greensburg, Columbus, Gnaw Bone, Nashville, Belmont, and Bloomington, IN

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    When they said, “Head for the hills!” this area must have been what they meant. We speak of the south-central Indiana highlands centering upon Brown County, rising incongruously from the broad, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    When they said, “Head for the hills!” this area must have been what they meant. We speak of the south-central Indiana highlands ...

  • Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    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 ...
    •  About 1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    While only 1 mile long, this trail is by far the most challenging in the guide because it involves rocky, uneven terrain ...

  • Indiana University Griffy Woods Research and Teaching Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    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 ...
    •  About 2 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    As its name suggests, the primary purpose of this property is to provide Indiana University with a natural setting for research ...

  • Scarce O’Fat Trail

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    A loop trail along a ridgetop, through a deep ravine, and over a steep hill featuring a north-facing vista overlooking Yellowwood Lake.
    •  3 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail along a ridgetop, through a deep ravine, and over a steep hill featuring a north-facing vista overlooking Yellowwood ...

  • Trail 3

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Trail 3 is a hiking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 783 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 199 feet. Near the ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Trail 3 is a hiking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 783 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...

  • Exercise Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Exercise Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 838 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 40 ...
    •  0.3 miles

    Exercise Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 838 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • Clear Creek Trail

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Clear Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 713 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  2.5 miles

    Clear Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Bloomington, Indiana. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 713 feet altitude. ...

  • Hardin Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Hardin Ridge is Hoosier National Forest's shortest trail. It's not a destination spot by any means, but it is a nice alternative activity for campers, boaters, and beach-goers. The trail has ...
    •  15 to 45 minutes
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Hardin Ridge is Hoosier National Forest's shortest trail. It's not a destination spot by any means, but it is a nice alternative ...

  • Clear Creek Rail-Trail

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    This rail-trail provides Bloomington residents and I.U. students a nice alternative to the singletrack at Wapehani. The easy, flat trail grade allows cyclists to maintain a high-tempo spin unencumbered ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This rail-trail provides Bloomington residents and I.U. students a nice alternative to the singletrack at Wapehani. The ...

  • Wapehani Mountain Bike Park

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    This is the first park in Indiana to be designated solely as a mountain bike park. The property, formerly a Boy Scout camp, harbors many challenging twisting trails. The park is also a popular ...
    •  Rider's discretion
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the first park in Indiana to be designated solely as a mountain bike park. The property, formerly a Boy Scout camp, ...

  • Wapehani Mountain Bike Park

    0 Reviews

    Bloomington, IN

    Located in Bloomington. Why include a mountain bike ride where the main trail is only a mile long? Advocacy. Trail access is a volatile issue in many areas, but Wapehani, located near an urban ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Bloomington. Why include a mountain bike ride where the main trail is only a mile long? Advocacy. Trail access ...