Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve Trail 5

Nashville, Indiana 47448

Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve Trail 5

Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve: Trail 5 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An interpretive tree trail down and up a steep slope of a nature preserve inside Brown County State Park. The Canyon Inn, near the starting point of this hike, has historic significance in that it rests on the original foundation of a sanitarium that became a turning point in the history of the area. The sanitarium was built more than a century ago by a physician, Frederick Denkewalter, who believed the tranquil canyon and cliffs provided an ideal setting as a resting place for the wealthy.

The parklike surroundings also became a popular picnic and hiking spot for local residents. When Denkewalter died in 1914, the state and Owen County purchased the land, and established Indiana’s first state park in 1916. McCormick’s Creek State Park has grown to more than five times its original size of 350 acres. Some sections of this loop are rough because the trail follows the rocky creekbed. Other sections are steep climbs into and out of the canyon. The area near White River may be impassable during high water."

Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve: Trail 5 Trip Reports

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All the trails along the canyon are good. Hardly anyone takes them though because of the 100 stairs you have to climb on either side of the canyon which is great for those of us who enjoy solitude.

The falls at the end of the canyon are especially nice if you get a chance to go under them (not easy as dozens of people go there when it is hot enough to enjoy them best). Try going during the morning on a week day.

You can find turtles and frogs as the abandoned Quarry at one end of the canyon.

This park is not quite as good as Turkey Run regarding the diversity of the landscape but it is a nice approximation.

The hotel serves a decent breakfast for reference.

Most of the trails can be hiked in winter which is nice if you like to spend time outdoors even in mid-winter.

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45 minutes
USGS: Nashville
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