ElevationAscent: 512' 156 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 999' 304 m
Low: 692' 211 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“If you’re up for a longer run in Brown County State Park, check out Trail 8!”— Brooke Weichselfelder
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 Trail Run Project mobile app. There are some roots and downed trees to climb over as well.
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Land Manager: IN DNR - Brown County State Park