Indiana State Parks With Hiking Trails

Indiana State Parks With Hiking Trails
The natural beauty of the Hoosier State can be found in the many state parks peppered throughout the state of Indiana. State parks range from the northern part of Indiana near Lake Michigan through southern Indiana's rolling hills, becoming a playground for hikers, hunters, mountain bikers, horse riders and campers. Several Indiana state parks feature hiking trails, drawing visitors around the state.
 

Brown County State Park

Located in southern Indiana, just east of Bloomington and near Nashville, Brown County State Park features nearly 16,000 acres of land, including 12 miles of hiking trails. Hiking trails range from easy to rugged, the shortest at 3/4 mile and the longest at 3.5 miles. As southern Indiana is quite hilly, some trails are fairly steep.

Brown County State Park
West Gate - 1405 State Road 46 West
North Gate - 1801 State Road 46 East
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-6406
browncountystatepark.com

 
 

Charlestown State Park

The Charlestown State Park is at the southmost point of the state near Louisville and is another southern Indiana hotspot for hiking trails. The park offers four hiking trails that comprise 8 miles of scenic land and are rated moderate to rugged, some passing along the Fourteen Mile Creek. Charlestown State Park is also one of the two state parks in Indiana to feature campsites with full hookups.

Charlestown State Park
12500 State Road 62
Charlestown, IN 47111
(812) 256-5600
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2986.htm

Clifty Falls State Park

Situated in southeastern Indiana in Madison, Clifty Falls State Park offers breathtaking views of the surrounding waterfalls. The 12 miles of hiking trails in the area are moderately to very rugged, some traveling alongside the state park's falls.

Clifty Falls State Park
North Gate - 2221 Clifty Drive
South Gate - 1314 Clifty Hollow Road
Madison, IN 47250
(812) 273-8885
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2985.htm

Fort Harrison State Park

The 1,700-acre Fort Harrison State Park is located in the suburbs of northeast Indianapolis, featuring several miles of hiking and walking trails that are better suited for novice hikers. Fall Creek Trail, Camp Creek Trail, Lawrence Creek Trail and Camp Glenn Trail are moderate trails suitable for hiking.

Fort Harrison State Park
5753 Glenn Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
(317) 591-0904
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2982.htm

Harmonie State Park

Another southern Indiana gem, Harmonie State Park is located in the town of New Harmony and features trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park's 12 miles of hiking trails range from easy to rugged and run close to the Wabash River.

Harmonie State Park
3451 Harmonie State Park Road
New Harmony, IN 47631
(812) 682-4821
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2981.htm

Lincoln State Park

Located in Lincoln City, Indiana, the Lincoln State Park features 1,747 acres of land and more than 10 miles of hiking trails that surpass Lincoln City's rolling hills and two lakes. Hiking trails range from easy to moderate and include the Lake Trail, John Carter Trail, Sarah Lincoln Grigsby Trail, James Gentry Trail and Weber Lake Trail.

Lincoln State Park
Highway 162
Lincoln City, IN 47552
(812) 937-4710
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2979.htm

McCormick's Creek State Park

Tucked away in the scenic town of Spencer, McCormick's Creek is known for its caves along the White River. The park also hosts more than 10 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to rugged, passing through the area's canyons and ravines.

McCormick's Creek State Park
250 McCormick's Creek Park Road
Spencer, IN 47460
(812) 829-2235
mccormickscreekstatepark.com

Shades State Park

Located west of Indianapolis near the town of Crawfordsville, Shades State Park is a serene area in rural Indiana. Sugar Creek sits along the perimeter of the park, offering hikers a variety of scenery on its several acres. Shades has 15 miles of hiking trails, several of which have ladders and range from easy to rugged. A backpack trail is just one of the main features of Shades State Park, and the area is also a popular destination for canoers, who flock to Sugar Creek and its well-known Deer's Mill Covered Bridge.

Shades State Park
7751 South CR 890 West
Waveland, IN 47989
(765) 435-2810
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2970.htm

Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park is located in Mitchell, Indiana, in close proximity to Hoosier National Forest. Twin Caves is a main attraction at the park, and the area also features several miles of moderate to rugged trails, with hiking another popular activity. Expert hikers can travel the rugged Stagecoach Trail, which is a steep .5-mile trail from Village through Oak Ridge.

Spring Mill State Park
3333 Highway 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
(812) 849-4129
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm

Turkey Run State Park

One of Indiana's most popular state parks, Turkey Run is located in the west part of the state and is an attraction for hikers, fishers, canoers and picnickers. Hikers have several trails to choose from, with most in the moderate-to-rugged category ranging from .5 mile to 3 mile trails.

Turkey Run State Park
8121 East Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859
(765) 597-2635
turkeyrunstatepark.com

 

Article Written By Jenna Jay

Jenna Jay is a San Diego-based writer with a B.A. in communication studies and English from the University of San Diego. A professional writer since 2008, her work has appeared in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, San Diego Magazine, Examiner.com and College Prowler.

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