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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
- Distance: 5.2
Location: 39.493245, -84.982123
Begin your hike at the trailhead, and hike toward the eastern shore of Brookville Lake.
Location: 39.492113, -84.983025
Turn right at the 3-way junction.
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.
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.
Location: 39.485884, -84.989848
About .1 mile from the hike’s highpoint, the trail takes a sharp left to head east.
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.
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.
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.