Contrary to popular belief, hiking is not just a warm weather activity. Winter hiking trails can be just as fun to explore, and can even offer more interesting and beautiful views. For the best winter hiking trails, check out these 10 parks that offer the best of winter hiking:
1. Turkey Run State Park - Marshall
This stunning park is even more breathtaking in the winter. Though you can explore a wide variety of trails here, Trail 3 definitely has some of the best views (just don't go when it's icy!). Find it at 8121 Park Rd, Marshall, IN 47859.
2. Pokagon State Park - Angola
This park offers some of the best winter sites and trails to explore in the colder months. As a bonus, check out their incredible toboggan run on your way out. Find it at 50 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, IN 46703.
3. Morgan-Monroe State Forest - Angola
This state forest is a popular place for hiking, with their Low Gap Trail offering the best sites around the park, especially in the winter. You'll enjoy this gorgeous hike with or without snow. Find it at 6220 Forest Rd, Martinsville, IN 4615
4. Shades State Park - Waveland
This often overlooked gem has arguably the best natural sights in the entire state, no matter the season. Come find all the beauty winter has to offer by exploring this park's trails. Find them at 7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989.
5. Hoosier National Forest - Bedford
The Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail in the Hoosier National Forest is a hauntingly beautiful experience. Enjoy a peaceful hike surrounded by nothing but nature, here. Find it at 811 Constitution Ave, Bedford, IN 47421.
6. Clifty Falls State Park - Madison
Clifty Falls has plenty of trails and frozen waterfalls to explore this winter. Take the Clifty Falls Loop for a full winter hike around the entire park. Find it at 1501 Green Rd, Madison, IN 47250.
7. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Chesterton
While there are numerous trails to explore along the Indiana Dunes, hiking along the water is always a fun and lovely way to enjoy the dunes in the winter. Cowles Bog is another stunning trail that also explores icy beaches. Find them at 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304.
8. McCormick's Creek State Park - Spencer
Visit this state park for some of the best snow covered trails in winter. All the trails are pretty epic, but trail 5 might offer the best tour of the entire park. Find it at 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd, Spencer, IN 47460.
9. O'Bannon Woods State Park - Corydon
Often considered to be Indiana's best kept secret, these woods are spectacular to explore along the Adventure Hiking Trail in the wintertime. Find it at 7234 Old Forest Rd SW, Corydon, IN 47112.
10. Brown County State Park - Nashville
Brown County State Park is dubbed one of the best parks in our state, especially in the summer and fall. However, in the winter, come explore this park in a whole new light. All of their trails are fantastic, but Trail 7 will take you along a frozen lake. Find it at 1405 S.R. 46W, Nashville, IN 47448.
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