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Birdseye Trail

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A springtime delight.


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12.2

Miles

19.7

KM

Loop

773' 235 m

High

473' 144 m

Low

1,401' 427 m

Up

1,393' 424 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Need to Know

There is no potable water or restroom facilities. Pack your own water or be prepared to filter from streams/lakes. Wear blaze orange during turkey and deer hunting seasons. Some old trail maps may show decommissioned sections of trail. In particular, near the lake, the "new" trail climbs up and away from the lake, NOT alongside the east bank. Hikers yield to horses and should be aware that mountain bikers may also be present. Gasoline and some basic supplies are available in the town of Birdseye.

Description

This trail has been significantly improved over the last 5+ years. There is logging taking place in the area, so check the US Forest Service website for updates on possible trail closures. While some areas were heavily logged recently, there are still many natural features to marvel at.

If you can hike this trail in the springtime when the redbuds are in bloom you won't be disappointed. The ticks won't be as heavy, the trail isn't as overgrown, and there are abundant wildflowers along the trail. You may even spy a morel mushroom.

A few rock outcrops, some with small waterfalls, appear off the side of the trail, and foundations of old farmsteads, and a cemetery are visible to remind hikers this wasn't always a forest.

Much of the trail has been spread with gravel to help control erosion, and since the trail is shared with horses and bikes it does a good job keeping the surface stable. There are portions of the trail that take short jogs down county roads, and some of the trail has been "improved" to handle logging trucks, but the majority of the trail is nearly 'tractor width'.

There are several long hill climbs, and three major creek/river crossings that will likely require wading through.

Flora & Fauna

Spring wildflowers, whitetail deer, squirrels, wild turkeys, blue herons, and more.

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Chris W

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Photos

Field of wildflowers through the edge of a stand of pine trees
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN
Trail passing through field of wildflowers and ringed with blooming redbud trees
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN
Blooming redbud trees in a grassy valley
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN
Lake near sunset
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN
A waterfall about 12 feet tall.  One of about three in this spot
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN
Redbud trees arching over the small river
Apr 11, 2020 near English, IN

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Dec 27, 2020
Chris W
Mitchell Creek was too deep to cross without soaking boots, the two Anderson River crossings could be done with a carefully chosen path of rocks 8.5mi