Two Lakes Loop

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Trail Distance: 16 miles
Time Estimate: 6 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $5
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description

The Hoosier National Forest is a popular area, thanks to its vibrant camping sites and well-maintained trails. A prominent feature of the national park are the twin lakes of Lake Celina and Indian Lake, which offer many amenities and sights for visitors. The best way to view both these lakes and more is the Two Lakes Loop, a 16-mile marked trail that encompasses both bodies of later.

To get to the trail, you'll need to first hike through a 1-mile interpretive trail that connects the parking area to the loop. The trail passes by the historic Rickenbaugh House on the water of Celina Lake, along with a small dog-friendly campground. Once you're there, you can enjoy a quiet and serene packed soil trail surrounded by dense trees.

Continuing on the trail, you'll follow along the banks of Celine Lake, and into the forests. There are plenty of openings for wildlife viewing, which include deer, squirrels, buffalo, wild turkeys, and songbirds. Other viewings include old homesites since the area used to be settled before the trail was established.

Fishing and swimming are allowed in the lakes, even for Fido. Hunting is also allowed during the open seasons. Hikers can also enjoy primitive camping as long as they are 100 feet away from waterways and trails. Make sure you have plenty of water and clean-up bags for Fido.

The trail continues around the western bank of Indian Lake, with a slight elevation gain and over many unique bridges. Once you're back into the forests, it's a 6 mile hike back to the parking area, but mostly downhill from there. Although long, the hike is easy and fun for all, with plenty of overlooks and bluffs to get some great views with your pup. The outdoors never felt so good to explore than on the Two Lakes Loop.

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, Lake, Diverse Landscape
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Large wildlife like buffalo and bears can come onto the trail, so take caution while hiking. There are normally poison ivy and spider webs along the trail, so look out and wear the appropriate spray to protect you and Fido.
Address
Two Lakes Loop Trail, 501 Highway
Tell City, IN 47586
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Address
Two Lakes Loop Trail, 501 Highway
Tell City, IN 47586
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset