Saturday, October 22, 2011

Explore! German Ridge Trail

Take a walk in the woods through the Hoosier National Forest along part or all of the 23 mile German Ridge Trail a multiple-use loop trail that winds through many tall pine stands. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are all allowed on this trail, which offers views of sandstone rock outcrops, bluffs, rolling hills of hardwood forests and the mighty Ohio River.

The easy to moderate trails are laid out in a ladder style, for bigger or smaller loops. Much of the trail has been widened and flattened to better accommodate horses. There are frequent climbs, a few of which are difficult. The south end is a gravel lane which is a pretty easy walk through the woods and the area is used heavily by horses. Some good single track which is a little more technical exists at the north end. There are a couple of stream crossings and some great views.

For a much shorter trail in the German Ridge Recreation Area check out the hiking-only German Ridge Lake Trail which encircles the German Ridge Lake, offers a historic campground and even some stone steps.
Camping is available. For more information and maps, visit

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