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.