“A short (almost mile long) but difficult trail due to stairs and rugged pathway.”
— Brooke Weichselfelder
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starts and ends at the parking lot near the campground in the Brown County State Park. It connects to Trail 4
. This trail can be a loop if combining with with other trails, or it can be out-and-back if you're wanting a short but still rugged run.
About halfway through Trail 5
, you'll see a sign that points you one of two directions: to Trail 4
or to continue with 5. We continued and did the loop at the end. This is a great area for those who like seclusion; it was a grown up area that had us feeling like we were deep into the forest. If you're just going down Trail 5
, there are about 100 stairs, if you're going down and back up, get ready for 200! That's why this trail is rated Difficult, even though the distance is just about 1 mile.
Depending on the water levels, you'll pass through the creek a few times. Pick up an interpretive brochure as there are numbered stops along the way to learn about the trail and species that inhabit it, including the Yellowwood tree!
Flora & Fauna
Fern, chipmunks, purple wildflowers, and plenty of trees including pawpaws, beech, and yellowwood.