Hiking Trails Near Rush County 

Hiking Trails Near Rush County 

  • Close up of someone boots hiking on a trail

Today is National Take a Hike Day and while you might not pick Indiana as a hotbed of great hiking, we have plenty of places to hit the trails. Here are a few that are located relatively close to Rush County:  

  1. Heading north to Summit Lake State Park, you’ll find several moderate to easy trails with views of the lake. The Prairie Trail is the longest trail at 1.75 miles. It links with the 1.25-mile moderate Upland Forest Trail that offers a tree-lined path through the woods adjacent to the lake. If you’re out of energy for the day, the Sunset Trail, half of which hugs the lakeshore, is short and also flat.  
  2. The National Road Heritage Trail will eventually form a 150-mile span linking Richmond and Terre Haute. Currently, one 4-mile segment joins the Big Blue River in Raysville to SR 3 West of Dunreith. Another 4-mile segment joins CR 225 W east to Williams Street in Lewisville. National Road Heritage Trail (Henry County) | Indiana Trails | TrailLink 
  3. East of Rush County the 2.5-mile Feeder Dam Trail follows the Whitewater Canal from Metamora towards Laurel and the feeder dam that was built to feed the canal. The trail’s southern end is located on US Highway 52 near Pennington Road. The northern end is located at Dam Road. 
  4. For those wanting more of a challenge, the 16.5-mile Wolf Creek Trail on the southwest side of Brookville Lake and the 12-mile Red Springs Loop on the south end of Whitewater Lake offer enough rugged terrain to really stretch the legs.  
  5. The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary in Connersville, which belongs to the Audobon Society, has multiple interconnecting loops that meander past small ponds and among gentle tree-covered hills. Most of the loops are short, but by stringing them together it’s possible to create a more challenging hike.