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.