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Rock Shelter Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 321' 98 m
Descent: -325' -99 m
High: 919' 280 m
Low: 658' 201 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Greg Overtoom

A short trail to a natural rock shelter.

Greg Overtoom

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers

Family Friendly The rock shelter, creek, and small pond are all fun for kids

Description

The trail begins on a ridge-top fire access road and then veers off the road as a singletrack through the woods. The trail parallels a rock-bottomed stream for a while and then continues through the stream channel to a natural rock shelter.

A singletrack switchbacks up from the stream bottom and passes a small forest pond that's a great place to see frogs and the occasional turtle. At the trail junction, turn left to complete the 3.3 mile Rock Shelter Loop or turn right to continue on the 10-mile Low Gap Trail. The singletrack merges onto another fire access road that returns to the trailhead parking area.

Since part of the trail uses the creek bed, it may be under water after heavy rains.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers such as bluebells and Dutchmen's breeches are common along the trail in the spring.

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ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

Contacts

Land Manager: Indiana State Forests

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Sep 28, 2019
Emily Cline
Aug 11, 2019
Chester Byrley
Dec 2, 2018
Jessica Moehlmann
3.5mi
Oct 27, 2018
Tatiana Hiese
Jun 6, 2017
Abigail Stone
First time breaking in our new hiking boots. Great day. 3.2mi
Dec 3, 2016
Sid D
Creek was mostly dry, so minimal mud. Can't say what the condition is after this last snow/ice/sleet storm though 3.2mi — 1h 30m

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Photos

A view from inside the largest rock shelter.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
Part of the trail follows a rock-bottomed creek.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
A small forest pond along the Rock Shelter Trail / Low Gap Trail.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
The Rock Shelter as seen from the trail.
Sep 24, 2016 near Martins…, IN
Get ready to run under this sweet rock overhang along the Rock Shelter Trail.
Jan 30, 2017 near Martins…, IN

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