Best Hiking in Indiana

This list represents the most popular hiking in Indiana. Use this list to plan your next Indiana hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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

    19 Reviews

    Bainbridge, IN

    This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.
    •  1 hour
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail skirts a bluff before looping through a broad, deep ravine.

  • #2 Charlestown State Park

    13 Reviews

    Madison, IN

    A loop trail through dense floodplain forest along exposed rock outcroppings above Fourteenmile Creek.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail through dense floodplain forest along exposed rock outcroppings above Fourteenmile Creek.

  • #3 Shades State Park: Pearl Ravine

    7 Reviews

    Crawfordsville, IN

    A loop trail through a rugged ravine, with a spur trail to the scenic Lover’s Leap overlook.
    •  1 hour
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail through a rugged ravine, with a spur trail to the scenic Lover’s Leap overlook.

  • #4 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.

  • #5 LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area Loop

    5 Reviews

    Lake Village, IN

    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, ...
    •  3–3 .5 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    If you like riverside hikes and sprawling marshlands busy with birds, you’ll find this to be one of the great undiscovered ...

  • #6 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.

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 Lincoln State Park

    7 Reviews

    Dale, IN

    This hike combines several park trails over ground walked by Abraham Lincoln dur- ing his boyhood years.
    •  3 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike combines several park trails over ground walked by Abraham Lincoln dur- ing his boyhood years.

  • #9 German Ridge Lake Trail

    4 Reviews

    Tell City, IN

    A short loop trail past sandstone cliffs overlooking the lake.
    •  45 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short loop trail past sandstone cliffs overlooking the lake.

  • #10 Wabash Heritage Trail

    4 Reviews

    Lafayette, IN

    A linear trail along the Wabash River that is full of historic locations, from Battle Ground to Tapawingo Park.
    •  5 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A linear trail along the Wabash River that is full of historic locations, from Battle Ground to Tapawingo Park.

  • #11 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Trail

    3 Reviews

    Crocker, IN

    Cowles Bog Trail runs past wetlands, through oak forests, and over wooded dunes that increase in height as you approach the sandy beach.
    •  1 .5–2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Cowles Bog Trail runs past wetlands, through oak forests, and over wooded dunes that increase in height as you approach the ...

  • #12 Shaw Lake Loop

    6 Reviews

    Henryville , IN

    A trail over rugged, hilly terrain of Clark State Forest.
    •  4 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail over rugged, hilly terrain of Clark State Forest.

  • #13 Delphi Canal Trails

    1 Reviews

    Delphi, IN

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Fort Benjamin Harrison, or “Fort Ben” for short, is Indiana’s newest state park, established in 1996 after the Indiana Department ...

  • #14 Shades State Park: Ravine Trails

    2 Reviews

    Crawfordsville, IN

    A combination of loop trails that follow the streambeds of rocky ravines.
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A combination of loop trails that follow the streambeds of rocky ravines.

  • #15 Turkey Run State Park

    4 Reviews

    Crawfordsville, IN

    A combination of park trails looping through canyons and along scenic Sugar Creek.
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A combination of park trails looping through canyons and along scenic Sugar Creek.

  • #16 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Ly-co-ki-we Hike

    3 Reviews

    Crocker, IN

    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 ...
    •  4–5 hours
    •  12.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This sandy trail allows you to explore miles of deep woods, gentle dune ridges, and marshy thickets. Given the ample mileage ...

  • #17 Versailles State Park

    2 Reviews

    Madison, IN

    A loop trail circling upland woods, ravines, and sinkholes along the eastern bluff of Laughery Valley.
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.25 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail circling upland woods, ravines, and sinkholes along the eastern bluff of Laughery Valley.

  • #18 Little Calumet River Trail, Bailly Homestead, and Chellberg Farm

    2 Reviews

    Chesterton, IN

    This loop hike begins near the historic Bailly Homestead, continues along the Little Calumet River through marsh and meadow, and concludes at the Chellberg Farm.
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike begins near the historic Bailly Homestead, continues along the Little Calumet River through marsh and meadow, ...

  • #19 Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center

    1 Reviews

    Columbia City, IN

    A network of trails through meadows and forests, past Bear and Cub Lakes, and cir- cling a large wetland.
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    A network of trails through meadows and forests, past Bear and Cub Lakes, and cir- cling a large wetland.

  • #20 Brown County State Park: Trail 8

    1 Reviews

    Nashville, IN

    A trail through remote ravines of Brown County State Park.
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A trail through remote ravines of Brown County State Park.