By Gabby Davis
Trail running is a popular activity for those seeking to get fit in Indiana. There are many trails to choose from, some within state parks, others are hidden gems. From spring until fall, here are five awesome trail running spots in Indiana!
The first trail running spot that should be on your list is the Mason Ridge Loop. The trail is part of the Morgan-Monroe State Park, located in southern Martinsville, Indiana. The trail is roughly three miles and is deemed moderate. It offers spectacular views of the changing leaves, as well as nearby lakes. If Fido enjoys running with you, the trail also allows dogs if they are kept on a leash.
If you’ve never been to the Indiana Dunes up in northern Indiana, this is a prime spot for trail running. The West Beach 3-Loop Trail covers roughly 3.5 miles, but you can break apart the trek as you’d like. Dogs are also allowed, so be sure to bring your pup with you! The views on this trail are amazing. From the beaches to the sloping sand dunes, everywhere you turn on this trail there is something to see.
The White River Trail near Anderson, Indiana, is known for having some of the most beautiful, natural land and wetland areas. There is an abundance of flowers and other plants, perfect for taking pictures as you run and absorb the sights. The trail is most beautiful in the springtime, especially when the flowers and plants are at their peak. As you run, you’ll see plenty of green and an assortment of wildlife. The view of the White River is spectacular, and it’s recommended to stop for a moment and enjoy the peaceful rustling as the river trickles by. There are also benches nearby if you find yourself needing a break.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Greenway Trail, also known as the C&O Trail, is just under two miles-long. The trail runs through the town of Merillville, which is in northern Indiana. In one part of the trail there is a pedestrian bridge which runs over Turkey Creek, and the other part of the trail goes through popular shopping areas in northern Indiana. Along the way, the trail divides into a more wooded area, which is absolutely breathtaking as you find yourself surrounded by trees. The C&O Trail runs diagonally, and the views are aplenty on this trail. From city to wilderness, there is so much to see.
The Oak Savannah Trail is in northern Indiana, and is roughly nine miles-long. Runners travel between Hobart and Griffith in northern Indiana, which is known as Indiana’s Chicago metropolitan area. First-time visitors might not realize there are hundreds of natural areas one will encounter along the trail. See the old Porter Branch of the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railway. Run by 300 acres belonging to the Hobart Prairie Grove of Indiana Dunes, which takes you to the edge of the beautiful Lake George. The farther you go into the trail, it becomes more of an urban setting before changing back to quiet forest and prairie-like settings.