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Trail 8



3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 512' 156 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 999' 304 m
Low: 692' 211 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Trail shared by Brooke Weichselfelder

If you’re up for a longer hike in Brown County State Park, check out Trail 8!

Brooke Weichselfelder

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly It could be a bit long for kids but you can do part of the hike only. It stops by shelters, you can get to Ogle Lake, and a playground throughout the trail.

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About 1.5 miles in, you can get off trail and see Hesitation Point, so bring your cameras!


This is a 4-mile, intermediate trail that starts at the West Lookout Tower, passes by Hesitation Point, and has plenty of offshoots to Ogle Lake. After parking and admiring the view at the West Lookout, it’s easy to jump on the trail. The beginning is filled with some low-grade ascents alternated with flat patches running along the road. When you reach the first sign marking a split off to Ogle Lake, it’s best to veer to the left to stay on Trail 8 so you climb down the long set of stairs (located further into the hike) instead of hiking up them.

Around one mile in, you’ll pass by Tulip Tree Shelter, which has a playground, picnic tables, covered shelter, and grill. Shortly after this (around 1.5 miles in), you’ll see Hesitation Point across the road. This is one of the best views in the park, so be sure to take time to stop for pictures!

Soon, you’ll reach a large set of stairs that marks the big descent. About halfway down the staircase, there’s a platform with a bench to take a break. After descending, you’ll find yourself in a low-lying, wooded valley. In the valley, the trail is relatively flat with multiple bridges crossing the creek. Another short, straight offshoot to Ogle Lake is about 2.8 miles in. Soon, you’ll start your ascent out of the valley with a moderate uphill climb, before leveling out only to descend and climb again before reaching the end of the trail.

Because there are so many different offshoots and options on Trail 8, it’s best to bring along a State Park map or use the Hiking Project mobile app. There are some roots and downed trees to climb over as well.

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Great views at Hesitation Point.
Oct 13, 2017 near Nashville, IN


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