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Indiana Hiking Trails
This site is designed to provide quick access to Indiana hiking trail websites. Hikers and backpackers like you have created excellent web pages on Indiana hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Brown County State Park and surrounding areas of Indiana.
- Charlestown State Park well-done page on the BackpackCamp.com site describes four trails, with details, directions, and photos. Short but sweet.
- General personal hiking narratives for Clifty Falls, Wyandotte, Spring Mill, Charlestown, & Hardy Lake. From the "Day Hikes in Kentucky & Indiana" website.
- General Indiana Outfitters includes trail reports.
- General the Natural Born Hikers website, including Indiana trail information. These Natural Born Hikers are wonderful people; regular contributors to the slackpacker site. Once you see all the hikes they do, you'll agree that they are also mad as hatters. I like them.
- General Here's a good one, it's a personal free-type site on the angelfire system, and it's loaded with photos and anecdotes on most of the popular Indiana hiking venues. Great site by Roger Lester.
- General Excellent site covers Clark State Forest, Clifty Falls, Deam Lake, Hardy Lake, Harrison-Crawford State Forest, Hoosier National Forest, Jackson-Washington State Forest, Knobstone Trail, Patoka Lake, Starve Hollow, Muscatatuck NWR.
- General -- Backpacking Well-written backpacking Journals, primarily in Hoosier and the Chareles C. Deem Wilderness Area, plus other places too. Plenty of photos and enjoyable reading; well-done site by Nicole Hargitt.
- General -- Southern Indiana Southern Indiana Trails website is a darn good reference source, providing individual info pages on Wesselmans Park, North Woods, St Paul's Preserve, Howell Wetlands, Erie Canal, Angel Mounds, Greenway Passage, Twin Swamps, Harmonie State Park, Bent Twig, Hoosier National Forest, Lincoln State Park, Ouabache Trails Park, Patoka Lake, Ferdinand State Forest, as well as a number of hikes in northern Kentucky. Links take you on to more info. Site also has information for mountain bikers; we're gonna pretend we didn't see that part since we like the rest of it so much.
- Harrison Crawford State Forest page on the BackpackCamp.com site describes the region, along with brief descriptions of the Adventure Trail and Buckeye Trail. Also provides directions and a nice map.
- Hemlock Cliffs -- Hoosier National Forest detailed description of the Hemlock Loop Trail with directions and photos, well worth a click, again on the BackpackCamp.com site.
- Hoosier National Forest trail report and numerous photos at Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area.
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore -- Mt. Baldy trip report with photos courtesy the Natural Born Hikers.
- Knobstone Trail highly informative personal narrative with directions, description, history, and numerous photos. Excellent site by young hiking family "Mike, Aimee & Maria."
- Knobstone Trail Delaney Creek Park Section, with overview & topo map.
- Knobstone Trail A great site by www.indianaoutfitters.com --
includes maps, driving directions, trip reports, and photos, a truly comprehensive site.
- Knobstone Trail "Official" Knobstone Trail Page from the Indiana Division of Outdoor Recreation -- includes much of the trail guide brochure AND scanned trail guide maps in .JPG format.
- Turkey Run State Park This is the "hiking" page on the official state site. Not a lot of details, but gives you some info on each trail, with links to pages that are extremely sketchy, brief and rather vague. All of this pales by comparison to the creativity employed in naming the trails. If you aren't familiar with Turkey run, it is one of the top hiking destinations in Indiana. "Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves harbor some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state." Best of all, NO BICYCLES on the trails!
- Turkey Run State Park This is a very pleasant hike narrative by Mike, Aimee & Maria (mentioned above) with some nice photos. If this page doesn't give you the warm & fuzzies and cause you to immediately break into a heartfelt rendition of Back Home Again in Indiana, then you may have no pulse. Hiking with kids? Click here. Maria is still in the cute stage -- I remember when my daughters were -- and hasn't reached the age at which she will be complaining at every step. Good site.
- Turkey Run State Park To be fully armed for a visit to this gem of a park, I give you this link to an informative Turkey Run Geology Site at the University of Indiana website. Click it before they move it.
I wish I had you...to talk to.
Although I've visited Indiana many times, I've never had the opportunity to do that early morning hike on the outskirts of Indianapolis on the last Sunday in May. Although I imagine it to be a madhouse, everyone I've spoken to from the area assures me that one may attend the 500 in a semi-civilized manner. I hope to do so while I still have the opportunity to see Jim Nabors kick it off... When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, then I long for my Indiana home.
Looking for a guide? The full-blown slacker, the "novice" hiker, or anyone recently transplanted, will do best with
Hiking Indiana from America's Best Day Hiking Series,
by Sally McKinney. Ms. McKinney covers the stuff that's not too tough; virtually all the state parks, the "gotta-see" stuff, the key hikes. It's a great book. Because it does tend toward the more common, quite a few "used" copies are available as people outgrow it. So you can save a few bucks on this one through this amazon.com link. I personally can't imagine selling any of my hiking guides, but I'm glad others do.
An alternative is the equally imaginatively titled
Hiking Indiana from the Falcon Guide series, by Phil Bloom. Although you wouldn't know from the title, it tends toward the intermediate to semi-difficult hikes, yet covers all the "musts." Probably my pick for most.
If you ever decide to pen your own Indiana trail guide, please consider the title carefully prior to publishing. And if you recognized the "I wish I had you to talk to" line from Indiana Wants Me, give yourself 6 slackpacker trivia points. If you knew that it was R. Dean Taylor, add 3 more and congratulate yourself soundly for your trivial acumen! And then send me your unwanted tickets to the 500!
-- Rick Bolger
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