Best Trails of Indiana

This list represents the most popular trails in Indiana (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Indiana outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve: Tall Timbers Trail


This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Bainbridge, IN - Hiking - 1.7 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in IN - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Charlestown State Park


A loop trail through dense floodplain forest along exposed rock outcroppings above Fourteenmile Creek.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Madison, IN - Hiking - 2.2 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Shades State Park: Pearl Ravine


A loop trail through a rugged ravine, with a spur trail to the scenic Lover’s Leap overlook.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Crawfordsville, IN - Hiking - 1.3 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wolf Cave Trail


A trail through a state nature preserve to an open cave.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Bloomington, IN - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop


If you like riverside hikes and sprawling marshlands busy with birds, you’ll find this to be one of the great undiscovered hikes in Chicagoland. Nearly every inch of this hike accompanies a river, a d…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago"
Lake Village, IN - Hiking - 5.2 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Cope Hollow Loop


This trail leads through the Charles C. Deam Wilderness of the Hoosier National Forest.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Bloomington, IN - Hiking - 9.5 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Adventure Hiking Trail


The name for this trail is no longer accurate because it actually only goes to two lakes—Bryant Creek and Cherry lakes. The third lake on the original triangular-shaped trail, Beanblossom Lake, has dr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Corydon, IN - Backpacking, Hiking - 23 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. McCormick’s Creek State Park: Falls Canyon Trail


A combination of park trails through McCormick’s Creek Canyon that leads from a canyon waterfall to the White River and back.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Bloomington, IN - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Lincoln State Park


This hike combines several park trails over ground walked by Abraham Lincoln dur- ing his boyhood years.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Dale, IN - Hiking - 5.2 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Town Run Trail Park


Even with losing its premier northern trails (gaze affectionately at the glistening strip mall), Town Run Trail park still offers Indy cyclists the best singletrack in town. The remainder of the trai…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: Indiana"
Indianapolis, IN - Mountain Biking - 8 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. German Ridge Lake Trail


A short loop trail past sandstone cliffs overlooking the lake.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Tell City, IN - Hiking - 1 mile Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Wabash Heritage Trail


A linear trail along the Wabash River that is full of historic locations, from Battle Ground to Tapawingo Park.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Lafayette, IN - Hiking - 9.5 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail


Cowles Bog Trail runs past wetlands, through oak forests, and over wooded dunes that increase in height as you approach the sandy beach.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago"
Crocker, IN - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Shaw Lake Loop


A trail over rugged, hilly terrain of Clark State Forest.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Henryville , IN - Hiking - 5.5 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Delphi Canal Trails


Fort Benjamin Harrison, or “Fort Ben” for short, is Indiana’s newest state park, established in 1996 after the Indiana Department of Natural Resources acquired about two-thirds of the former military…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Delphi, IN - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Southern Indiana Amish: Amish Settlements and into Washington & Orange Counties


The 68-mile route traverses several areas of Amish settlement from Montgomery in Daviess County through the Amish farms of Orange County and Washington County. Special attractions: Gasthof Amish Res…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Indiana"
Shoals, IN - Scenic Drives - 68 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Shades State Park: Ravine Trails


A combination of loop trails that follow the streambeds of rocky ravines.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Crawfordsville, IN - Hiking - 3.5 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Turkey Run State Park


A combination of park trails looping through canyons and along scenic Sugar Creek.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Indiana"
Crawfordsville, IN - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. River's Edge Trail


Welcome to introductory singletrack 101. The trails are basic enough that Bicycle Garage allows customers to actually test-ride bicycles on them. The rudimentary route has no climbs and is a great loc…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: Indiana"
Indianapolis, IN - Mountain Biking - 8 miles Best Trail in IN - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike


This sandy trail allows you to explore miles of deep woods, gentle dune ridges, and marshy thickets. Given the ample mileage and the sand-covered surface, you’ll likely find yourself at the end of thi…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago"
Crocker, IN - Hiking - 12.2 miles
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