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

The land that is now Ohio and Indiana was once home to the thriving villages of the Miami, an extravagantly tattooed tribe that farmed this region’s fertile soils up until the 1830s. “The grassy ceremonial mounds in southeast Indiana are a neat window into their past,” says Backpacker Map Contributor Stuart Peck. “Plus, this route is close to hikers in three states.” Trek where the Miami gathered by following lollipop-shape Glidewell Trail’s 3.3 rolling miles.

Follow the tree-lined path along the eastern shore of 5,260-acre Brookville Lake (a local-favorite fishing hole for walleye, crappie, and bass) to arrive at sweeping views of the usually calm waters reflecting the broad Midwestern sky. Find evidence of the once-prominent Native American settlement at mile two, where you’ll pass a smooth 2,000-year-old mound, likely a temple.

Contact: Brookville Lake DNR; in.gov/dnr/parklake/2961.htm

-Info provided by Stuart Peck

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.2

Waypoints

GDL001

Location: 39.493245, -84.982123

Begin your hike at the trailhead, and hike toward the eastern shore of Brookville Lake.

GLD002

Location: 39.492113, -84.983025

Turn right at the 3-way junction.

GLD003

Location: 39.489879, -84.984757

Follow the tree-lined path along the eastern shore of 5,260-acre Brookville Lake (a local-favorite fishing hole for walleye, crappie, and bass) to arrive at sweeping views of the usually calm waters reflecting the broad Midwestern sky.

GLD004

Location: 39.487242, -84.988062

At 950 feet, you have the option to side-hike southeast to the Mounds highest point (987 feet) for great views of the surrounding waters.

GDL005

Location: 39.485884, -84.989848

About .1 mile from the hike's highpoint, the trail takes a sharp left to head east.

GDL006

Location: 39.482315, -84.988614

Turn right, and follow the trail as it turns south here. You'll loop around in .3 mile to begin a coastline stretch.

GDL007

Location: 39.478688, -84.988089

Roughly two miles in, you'll find evidence of the once-prominent Native American settlement. Look for a smooth 2,000-year-old mound, likely a temple.

GDL008

Location: 39.484063, -84.983768

Veer left with the trail, and then follow it as it bends north for the remaining stretch back to GLD002 and the trailhead.