Hiking The Nebo Ridge Loop

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Indiana.

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Located 35 miles east of Bloomington in the Hoosier National Forest, the Nebo Ridge loop (aka Knobstone Trail) is a challenging 15 mile hiking trail through dense woods shared by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. It connects with over 60 miles of trails and dirt roads.

To reach the trailhead from Columbus, head west on IN 46 for 13 miles to IN 135 south. Take SR 135 south, 9 miles to Story. Veer off SR 135 at the Story Inn (this is Elkinsville Road, but it is unmarked). Travel 2.7 miles and pass a gravel road on your right. Take the left bend in the road and cross a bridge. Go 0.3 miles then turn left into the parking area. This newly constructed parking area was paid for with trail access fees.

Overall, Nebo Ridge Loop is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Indiana. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Nebo Ridge Loop including Oriole West Trail, Porter Hollow Loop, Two Lakes Loop, Knobstone Trail - Nebo Ridge Section, Hoosier National Forest and Hickory Ridge TrailYoungs Creek Trail.

Nebo Ridge Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Hoosier National Forest (812) 358-2675; Indiana Tourism (800) 289-6646.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Indiana" from Falcon Guide

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  B&B in Story

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier/

GPS:  39.0633, -86.2169

Date Published:  5/17/2016

Date Updated:  8/19/2016

ID:  6878

Nebo Ridge Loop Hiking Map


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