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Indianapolis, IN: Three Lakes Loop

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

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Set on 10 miles of easy, well-marked paths traversing high ridges and low bottomlands, the Three Lakes Loop Trail offers an escape from Indianapolis, with deep shade, numerous creeks, and plentiful wildflowers in the 24,000-acre Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Begin at the Bryant Creek Lake Shelter and pick up the blazed trail near Cherry Lake. Follow it clockwise for 3 miles through a moist, fern-lined bottomland, cross a streambed, and ascend to a pioneer-era wagon road before dipping down into the hollow above Beanblossom Lake (now drained). In late spring, look for blue-eyed Marys mixed with white or foxglove beardtongue. Climb 3 miles to a forest road junction near Stepp Cemetary, then traverse a narrow ridge to Cherry Lake. From here, hike 4 miles to a pine grove and, after two more ridge climbs, you’ll cross the road and head back to the trailhead.

Hike provided by the Hoosier Hikers Council. Mapping by average24.

To Trailhead

From Indianapolis, take I-465 to IN 37 S; follow signs to Morgan-Monroe, 4 miles south of Martinsville.

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