The Best Outdoor Activities in Indiana

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike the Canyons Loop of Turkey Run State Park

Indiana / Turkey Run State Park Nature Center

Located 54 miles western from Indianapolis this is a really gorgeous state park. Entrance fee is $7 but it's totally worth the money (map included).

Vale Ge
872 Saves

Hike the Dune Succession Trail, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana / Dune Succesion Trailhead

This hike provides a great opportunity to explore the variable landscape and terrain in Indiana Dunes State Park. From the parking lot head north on a paved walkway toward Lake Michigan's shoreline.

Jenn Koczan
488 Saves

Hike to Clifty Falls

Indiana / Clifty Falls Trailhead

This day hike in Clifty Falls State Park is a challenging workout with rewarding sights. Springtime brings wildflowers, and fall lovely colors, to the area.

Turkey Run Trail System

Indiana / Turkey Run State Park Nature Center

Turkey Run State Park is one of Indiana's most beautiful hidden gems.

Kathie Green
242 Saves

Hike to Cataract Falls, Lieber State Recreation Area

Indiana / Cataract Falls, Lieber State Recreation Area

Cataract Falls, in the Lieber State Recreation Area, has an upper falls (20 ft) and a lower falls (18 ft), located a half mile downstream. A covered bridge adds the scenic landscape.

Hike the HHC Trail, Brown County SP

Indiana / Trailhead 8, Brown County SP

HHC Trail (#8) in Brown County State Park is beautiful throughout the seasons.

Hike at Eagle Creek Beach

Indiana / Eagle Creek Beach

As you pass through the entrance of Eagle Creek, you will drive through windy roads surrounded in pine trees. There are signs telling you where everything is located.

Zackary Mason
130 Saves

Hike the Low Gap Trail

Indiana / Low Gap Trailhead, Morgan-Monroe SF

Located in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, the Low Gap Trail (white blazes) offers forest, creeks, ponds, and rock formations. The trail runs partially on old forest roads.

Hike the Falls Canyon Trail

Indiana / Falls Canyon Trailhead

Falls Canyon Trail (Trail 3) in McCormick's Creek State Park takes on challenging, hilly terrain.

Hike to Pinnacle Peak, Indiana

Indiana / Pinnacle Peak Trailhead

Beginning at the trail head labeled for Trail 1/Pinnacle Peak, the trail changes a total of ~450 ft elevation in a mile through a rolling, hardwood forest to reach its namesake location: Pinnacle Pea.

Dan Barr
64 Saves

Backpack the Two Lakes Loop Trail, Hoosier NF

Indiana / Two Lakes Loop Trail

This is one of my favorite options for a quick weekend backpacking trip near Louisville. The trail forms a figure eight around 2 lakes - Indian Lake and and Lake Celina.

Colin Stouffer
48 Saves

Hike The Glacier Flats Trail at Spicer Lake Nature Reserve

Indiana / Spicer Lake Nature Reserve Parking

The Glacier Flats Trail is a 1.5 mile loop that guides you through the Old Field Trail and past the Buttonbrush Wetland and observation platform.

Jenn Koczan
37 Saves

Trail Run at Marott Park

Indiana / Marott Park Indianapolis

Parking for Marott Park is right off of College Avenue and is easily accessible for anyone living in downtown Indianapolis or in the Broad Ripple area.

Nicholas Love
24 Saves