Knob Lake Trail

Brownstown, Indiana 47220

Knob Lake Trail

Knob Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A loop hike, with a linear spur near the finish, that includes climbs up some of the highest hills in the Jackson-Washington State Forest. The path is narrow but easy to follow, and it is not often a busy place. The north-facing slope of the preserve, where Trail 5 is located, provides the moist environment necessary to the yellowwood, a tree found only in a few places in Indiana.

Yellowwood is not a common tree anywhere, but is found more often in the cool forests of southern Appalachia and the Ozarks. With little indication of reproduction, it is listed as a threatened species in Indiana. Two of the 22 interpretive signposts on Trail 5 identify the rare tree, whose smooth, gray bark is similar in appearance to a beech tree. The
yellowwood is smaller, however, and grows at an angle, producing clusters of pealike flowers every other year."

Knob Lake Trail Trip Reports

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We hiked this trail very early one Sunday morning, so we didn't encounter anyone else on the trail. Because of this, it was very quiet and we heard and saw several types of birds and other wildlife. You can sign in and help yourself to a pamphlet guide at the beginning of the trail. There are 20 numbered markers along the way that correspond with the descriptions of trees (among them, the rare yellowwood tree) in the pamphlet. At the beginning of the trail is a steep hill going down into the forest. Then after a short level hike, you start up a fairly steep hill with the trail ending at the top. Trail 5 can be a quick intense hike, or you can choose to stop at each marker and experience the nature preserve. Also, if you want to extend your hike, the connecting Trail 4 (1.25 miles-moderate) will bring you back only a little past where you left off on Trail 5.

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3 hours
USGS: Tampico, Vallonia, and Seymour
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