Red Springs Loop
ElevationAscent: 90' 28 m
Descent: -92' -28 m
High: 885' 270 m
Low: 793' 242 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
“Short, fun trail through the woods, overlooking a very large and unique hillside spring rich in iron.”— Michael Kontos
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly Short, fairly easy, educational.
Need to Know
Begin on the "easy" section of the trail and enter the Hornbeam Nature Preserve. This section is mostly flat and wide, and is good for hiking. An abundance of birds can be found, and Whitewater Lake can be viewed well in late fall, winter, and early spring. Once you reach the Lakeshore Trail parking area, cross the road and begin the "rugged" portion.
This section follows a small valley, and is far enough away from the road to view more wildlife. I have seen deer, raccoons, and numerous birds and rodents on this section. The trail is much narrower at times, so hiking it is more difficult. Near the end of the trail, you'll come across an observation platform overlooking a rather large area of iron-rich water seeping out of the ground. You'll see more of the spring a little farther as you continue on the trail. After the observation area, the trail continues uphill and back to the parking lot. There is an optional spur to the right that goes to the bottom of the spillway for fishing, though I have never taken it.
Overall, this is a short and fun trail and is good for families with kids. This is probably my favorite trail in Whitewater Memorial State Park, along with Memorial Loop Trail. As far as I know, dogs are allowed on leashes.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Indiana DNR - Brookville Lake