Indiana January 16, 2021
In 2021, Take These 12 Incredible Indiana Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year
Happy new year, everyone! 2021 is upon us, and chances are you’ve got some goals to reach this year. If any of those goals involve hiking (or fitness!), you might want to pencil these into your busy schedule. We’ve put together a handy list of twelve hikes to conquer in 2021 – one for each month of the year.
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1. January: Trail 7, Turkey Run State Park
This is the perfect Indiana winter hike. January is the coldest month of the year for the Hoosier state, and this particular trail will treat you to a plethora of frozen waterfalls.
Find it at Turkey Run State Park, 8121 E. Park Road, Marshall, IN.
2. February: Trail 6, Shades State Park
This particular trail offers incredible views of the Red Fox Ravine, frozen over in all its beautiful icy glory. The sandstone cliffs dusted with snow are the icing on the cake!
Find it at 7751 S. 890 W., Waveland, IN
3. March: Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
This trail is beautiful in early spring; wildflowers and bright-green sprouting grass are common toward the end of the month. Perfect for spring revelers.
There's a little over 16 miles of trail here to explore!
Find it at CR 43, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Middlebury, IN
4. April: Dune Succession Trail, West Beach
This short and sweet trail is just one mile long and quite popular. It highlights the four phases of sand dunes' formations in a short little hike.
Find it at 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN
5. May: Falls Canyon Trail, McCormick Creek State Park
This hike is a good workout, but no worries! You've been working your way up to this. This trail will bring you to incredible views of the largest waterfall in the park.
Find it at 250 McCormick Creek Park Road, Spencer, IN
6. June: Town Run Trail, Town Run Trail Park
This is a beautiful, seven-mile-long trail conveniently located in Indy. It's perfect for a summer day; it's absolutely lush in the summer.
Find it at 5325 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN
7. July: Pearl Ravine Trail, Shades State Park
We visit Shades State Park again on our monthly hiking journey; this time, you'll find yourself on Pearl Ravine Trail, a trail so incredibly green and shady that you'll think you're visiting a rainforest.
Find it at 7751 S. 890 W., Waveland, IN
8. August: Trail 9, Indiana Dunes State Park
Summer usually equals beaches, and a beach is what you'll get on this beautiful trail. It's a bit vigorous, but it's so worth the view.
Find it at 1600 N 25 East, Chesterton, IN
9. September: Trail 1, Versailles State Park
This trail is perfect for late summer into fall; look at the changing trees in dense woods throughout the trail. Mature trees will begin changing color right around the end of September.
Find it at 1387 US 50 East, Versailles, IN
10. October: Literally Any Trail At Shakamaka State Park
This park is so ridiculously amazing during autumn that it really doesn't matter which trail you choose; you're in for beautiful lake views and crisp autumn color no matter what.
Find it at 6265 W. State Road 48, Jasonville, IN
11. November: Trail 10, Turkey Run State Park
Once again we make the trek to Turkey Run, but for a great reason: Trail 10 is a short 1.4 miles of lovely late fall/early winter views.
Find it at 8121 Park Road, Marshall, IN
12. December: The Fire Tower, Brown County State Park
This is it! The whole year has built up to this; the seemingly endless stairs wind all the way up. Once you reach the top, though, get ready. The Hills o'Brown are coated in icy amazingness at this time of year.
Find it at 1801 S.R. 46 East, Nashville, IN
Well, there you have an entire year’s worth of Indiana hikes. Some are relaxing while others are challenging, but all of them will leave you feeling accomplished. Are you up to this 12-hike challenge? Tell us about your hiking plans for the new year in the comments.