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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Outdoor Recreation > Trails > Back Country Hiking Indiana's Long Distance Trails

Indiana map of trailsTrails selected for this website are 10 miles long or greater, have a natural trail surface, and most have camping available to enhance the wilderness experience. These long distance trails occur on properties managed by a variety of public agencies. Each agency has its own role to play in the conservation of Indiana’s natural resources and management practices may differ. This variety provides the users with a broad spectrum of recreational experiences. Some of these trails accommodate multiple uses, including mountain biking, horseback riding, and other activities.

The Indiana Trails Inventory lists over 2,450 miles of trails open to hiking. These trails provide a wide variety of experiences, from short paved urban walks to 50-mile rugged backwoods hikes. The entire Trails Inventory can be accessed on-line. This database lists all types of trails (not just hiking), location, and contacts for more information.

DNR Trails

1. Knobstone Trail 61.0 miles
Division of Forestry

2. Adventure Hiking Trail 25.0 miles
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
O'Bannon Woods
7240 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon IN 47112

3. Adena Trace Loop 25.0 miles
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Brookville Lake
P.O. Box 100
Brookville IN 47012

4. Salamonie Trail 40.0 miles
(snowmobiles allowed Dec. - March)
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Salamonie Lake
9214 West - Lost Bridge West
Andrews IN 46702-9731

5. Tecumseh Trail  38.2 miles
Division of Forestry
Yellowwood State Forest
772 South Yellowwood Road
Nashville, IN 47448

7. Three Lakes Trail 9.6 miles
Division of Forestry
Morgan - Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Road
Martinsville IN 46151

National Forest Trails

  1. Hickory Ridge Trail 44.8 miles
  2. Charles C. Deam Wilderness 36.4 total miles (some areas are hiking only, no bicycles)
  3. German Ridge Trail  21.0 miles
  4. Shirley Creek Trail  16.6 miles
  5. Oriole Trail 15.5 miles
  6. Two Lakes Loop Trail 13.6 miles (hiking only)
  7. Mogan Ridge Trail 17.8 miles (some areas are hiking only)
  8. Birdseye Trail 10.9 miles
  9. Youngs Creek Trail 11.4 miles

USDA Forest Service
Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Ave.
Bedford IN 47421

County Park Trails

  1. Wabash Heritage Trail 10.2 miles
    Tippecanoe County Parks Dept.
    4448 State Road 43 North
    West Lafayette IN 47904