Adventure Hiking Trail

O'Bannon Woods State Park, Indiana

Distance24.8mi
Elevation Gain6,155ft
Trailhead Elevation428ft
Top862ft
Elevation Min/Max401/862ft
Elevation Start/End428/425ft

Adventure Hiking Trail

Adventure Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Harrison County, Indiana. It is within O'Bannon Woods State Park. It is 24.8 miles long and begins at 428 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,155 feet. The Pioneer Cabin Shelter (elevation 489 feet) shelter can be seen along the trail. There are also alpine huts along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Iron Bridge Trail, Whitetail Deer Trail, Breeden Ridge, Breeden Ridge, Iron Bridge Trail, Whitetail Deer Trail, Upper Blue River Trail and Fire Tower Trail.

Adventure Hiking Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 dried up. Regardless of name accuracy, the Three Lakes Loop is every bit as demanding as the Low Gap Trail, the other long-distance hike in Morgan-Monroe State
Forest.

Begin the hike on an old roadbed that starts downhill after about 100 yards, and reaches the first of what will be several creek crossings over the next 10 miles. The creeks are small, however, and flow intermittently with seasonal rainfall, so they normally present little trouble."

Adventure Hiking Trail Reviews

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8/31/2008
Trail very pleasant to hike. Well marked with the exception of around the lake. The trail goes past Stepp Cementary, which dates back into the 1800's. Picknick tables, a pavillian, and outhouse are available at the lake. The trail only took me 4.5 hours to hike.
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8/12/2008
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12/31/2007
Nothing fantastic,but almost all of trail is very nice. Nice to have shelter/rest spot at lake about half way,although marking on edge of lake a little hard to find.
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6/25/2007
This trail is the best in Morgan-Monroe State Forest and competitive for the best trail in the Bloomington/Martinsville area. Nice long trail through great, rich forests. There are some tough climbs every once in a while, although overall I think they are less extreme as Low Gap Trail. However, the loops along the edge of the lakes are really pretty and fun (lots of roots and logs to navigate). Also, seems to be much less popular than the Low Gap trail. In fact never seen anyone else on it, and parts are a little overgrow with grass if the trail goes through a break in the trees. However, the trail is more enjoyable since it is single track throughout (instead of the rock roads on low gap). Summer time is just amazing out there, but the bugs and ticks can be a problem. If it isn't too hot, I recommend wearing long pants or at the very least a lot of bug spray.
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1/22/2006
Most of the trail was very nice. Not a great deal of scenery but the elevation changes made the hike a nice workout. Nice streams. My biggest disapointment was that there is a large scale logging operation in a section in the middle of the loop. I begrudgingly accept the need for harvesting trees in some situations, but we hiked past several 80+ year old trees that had been removed. The one hill top was nearly clearcut and it doesn't appear they are done yet. This isn't the type of "forest management" I like to see in my government officials who are charged with managing the land. In my opinion, what I saw was an example of officials using my forestlands (as a taxpayer) to generate income, and I don't think it's acceptable.
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7/25/2003
I used this trail as a shakedown trail to judge just what kind of shape I am in after being off the trail for most of the spring and summer. I am planning a thru hike of the Knobstone Trail in Southern Indiana and wanted to know what shape I am in. This is a fun and easy trail to hike. The trail was listed as rugged but I found it to be a moderate hike compared to the Low Gap and Knobstone Trails. I had a friend along and he let me set the pace. We started the hike at 11:30AM and stopped by the entrance sign for Morgan-Monroe State Forest for are lunch break. The 10.5 miles took 3 hours and 40 minutes to hike and we had a 30-minute lunch. We finished the trail at 3:45 PM. The mosquitoes were out in force but I found only 1 tick on my cloths when I got home. This is good! I had hiked a shorter trail a few months ago and the ticks were out in large numbers. Be sure to bring a good supply of repellent. I spooked 1 white tail deer and heard it running off through the woods. There were a lot of mid summer plants and flowers out but the one thing I did not see very much of was Poison Ivy. The hike was a nice enjoyable stroll through the forest.
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O'Bannon Woods State Park
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USGS: Leavenworth and Corydon West
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