Versailles State Park Hike

Versailles, Indiana 47042

Versailles State Park Hike

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"Explore the heart of historic Versailles State Park on this trek. First, travel up Fallen Timber Creek, crossing it a few times before climbing into hills to reach the architecturally attractive Oak Grove Shelter. From here, hike to a vista overlooking Laughery Creek.

The excitement continues as you circle past interesting sinkholes and a small cascade before returning to Versailles Lake. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed this park and you will see their handiwork throughout, including the trails themselves. Expect some challenges with the numerous ups and downs."

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"A loop trail circling upland woods, ravines, and sinkholes along the eastern bluff of Laughery Valley."
Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana (Menasha Ridge Press)
Valerie Askren
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"This wooded trail crosses 14 footbridges to traverse 5 miles of creekside and ridgetop trail in Indiana’s second-oldest state park, which covers nearly 6,000 acres, including a 230-acre lake. In addition to hiking trails, Versailles State Park has almost 17 miles of mountainbiking trails and 25 miles of horseback-riding trails. The park can be quite busy during the summer, but the hiking trails are fairly deserted during the shoulder seasons. Just remember to pronounce it “Versayles,” or you’ll end up 12 miles southwest of Paris."

Versailles State Park Hike Trip Reports

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Fall is a great time to hike, especially on a trail like this where the highlight is probably the view of the lake and lands below. Beware though, somewhere near the 2 mile mark, near where the trail turns back west toward the lake, the trail markers and any blue tree marks, seem to disappear. You reach a point while heading south on the high ridge where the ground falls off sharply in all directions. There is a small rocky bench there. We started heading southwest from there and I think we should have continued south. If you can't find the trail, it's easy to get back on it by just heading west because it is a pretty wide fire lane at that point.
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This trail offers a chance to hike up and down Southern Indiana's rolling hills, only they aren't nearly so rolling as you hike up some of the steep climbs on Starve Hollow's trails. It offered many chances for bird, fish, deer, beaver and other wildlife viewing. It is unique because it has many Bald Cypress trees and other marsh habitat. It has many Marsh Marrows blooming at this time over part of the lake, which are absolutely stunning. The flowers are so large and bright pink. I saw beaver runs, trees chewed by beavers, deer paths, and many animal prints on the trail.

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Versailles State Park, 1387 E. US 50, Versailles, IN 47042; (812) 689-6424;
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Versailles State Park; USGS Whitcomb, Brookville.
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