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Indianapolis: Sycamore Loop

This 6.1-mile loop wanders into Indiana’s only wilderness area, Charles C. Deam Wilderness, along an exceptional ridgeline to the sometimes-dry Sycamore Branch Creek

Indianapolis, IN: Low Gap

Find rugged wilderness in central Indiana as you hike this 10.3-mile loop. Don’t miss old Draper Cabin.

Gary, IN: Shoreline to Ridge Hollow Loop

Loop 5.7 miles into shaded hollows and up the highest dunes on Lake Michigan’s southern shore in Indiana Dunes State Park.

Indianapolis: Dubois Ridge

Hike over contoured hills into the quite wilderness filled with deer, wild turkey, and roughed grouse on this 9.4-mile loop. In spring, scavenge for morel mushrooms.

Indianapolis: Fall Creek Loop

Take a bus to the start of this 6.2-mile stroll through Fort Harrison State Park’s secluded woods and creek-split hills.

Indianapolis, IN: Eagle Creek Loop

On this easy 6-mile loop, you’ll cross Eagle Creek Reservoir on a scenic causeway, wander lovely woods, and catch views from a waterfront lookout.

Indianapolis, IN: Lincoln Loop

See the boyhood haunts of Abraham Lincoln on this 8.2-mile loop among rolling hills and past two ponds and a lake in Lincoln State Park.

Indianapolis: Lawrence Creek Loop

Ride the bus to explore this 5.3-mile loop in Fort Harrison State Park featuring sun-dappled forests, seasonal flowers and, if you’re quiet, wildlife.

Indianapolis, IN: Brown County State Park

Explore the newly-constructed Taylor Ridge Trail, dipping deep into the Hoosier Hills of Brown County State Park.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Cowles Bog Loop

Link a sandy shoreline, forested dunes, and a boggy wetland on this easy-going, 4.2-mile lollipop loop in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Indianapolis, IN: Three Lakes Loop

Hike 10 miles in the settlers’ footsteps on the outskirts of Circle City.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: West Beach Loop

This sandy, 3.2-mile stroll in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore climbs dunes, skirts an ancient marsh, and ends within a stone-skipping distance of Lake Michigan’s coastline.

Indianapolis, IN: Red Hills State Park

This out-of-the-way 967-acre park boasts the highest piece of land between St. Louis and Cincinnati and is packed with wooded ravines and seasonal treasures.

Evansville, IN: Harmonie State Park

Towering trees and hanging vines lend a primordial feel to this 3.6-mile lollipop above the banks of the mighty Wabash River.

Chicago, IL: Indiana LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area

Geese, mallard–and occasional Chicagoland escapees–frequent the LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area where this 5.2-mile loop hints at the history of the world’s largest marsh.

Indianapolis, IN: Whitewater Lakeshore

Catch a bird’s-eye view of eastern Indiana’s Whitewater Lake on this easy 2.3-mile out-and-back skirting a nature preserve and the a remote wooded shoreline.

Indianapolis, IN: Whitewater Memorial Loop

Dip into Whitewater Lake and the wooded heart of Indiana’s 3rd largest state park with this 2.6-mile loop an hour and a half from Indianapolis.

Indianapolis, IN: Monon Rail Trail

It’s a multi-use magnet! This 15.5-mile path through Indianapolis has a smooth, paved, and traffic-free surface perfect for an evening ride or family outing–just watch out for runaway rollerbladers!

Bloomington, IN: Pate Hollow Trail

Cruise the gentle hills and hollows of south-central Indiana.

Indianapolis, IN: Knobstone Trail

Take a ridgetop walk on the Hoosier State’s longest footpath.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Little Calumet River

This 3.4-miler tours historic sites in one of Indiana’s first settlements and crosses the Little Calumet River floodplain in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Indianapolis, IN: Whitewater Red Springs

Peek into a wildflower-filled ravine, a ruddy-colored seep spring, and the Hornbeam Nature Preserve on this rugged 1.1-mile loop in Indiana’s third largest state park.

Mounds State Recreation Area, IN: Glidwell Loop

Hike through hallowed grounds on this 3.3-mile loop in Mounds State Recreation Area.

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Indianapolis: Sycamore Loop

This 6.1-mile loop wanders into Indiana’s only wilderness area, Charles C. Deam Wilderness, along an exceptional ridgeline to the sometimes-dry Sycamore Branch Creek

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Indianapolis: Dubois Ridge

Hike over contoured hills into the quite wilderness filled with deer, wild turkey, and roughed grouse on this 9.4-mile loop. In spring, scavenge for morel mushrooms.

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