Two Lakes Loop

The Two Lakes Trail is a 16 mile loop encircling Indian and Celina Lakes,and winds through many acres of diverse forest and wildlife openings. Half of the trail is on steep slopes and half is easy to hike. Hikers should allow several hours to hike the entire trail.

photo:  Photo by Nancy Myers. Type: Backcountry
Length: 16.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Hunting
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Swimming
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? Yes

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Directions

Location: In the Hoosier National Forest within the Indiana-Celina Recreation Area.
States: Indiana
Counties: Perry
Latitude: 38.20276   Longitude: -86.62083

Indiana-Celina Recreation Area, In Hoosier NF S of I-64 on the west side of SR 37 between St. Croix and Branchville, Indiana.

Description

The Two Lakes Trail is a 16 mile loop encircling Indian and Celina Lakes, traverses two dams, and winds through many acres of diverse forest and wildlife openings. Half of the trail is on steep slopes and half is easy to hike. Hikers should allow several hours to hike the entire trail. The trail is conveniently located to the campground in the Indian-Celina Recreation Area. The trail features scenic views of Celina and Indian Lakes, rock outcrops, and a variety forest types including tall pine, native hardwoods, and bottomland species. The area is also a wildlife viewing area with deer and many species of birds. The trail includes several cutoffs creating many options for loops and trail lentgths. The 1-mile interpretive trail to the historic Rickenbaugh House is linked to the Two Lakes Trail and passes by the historic site and the Celina Lake Boat Ramp. Twelve interpretive stops are signed along the interpretive trail. The Two Lakes Trail is a combination of old roads and laid out trail. Historically some of the county roads were used to travel between Uniontown and the community of Celina. The Two Lakes Trail area was once settled and there is evidence of old homesites. Please do not disturb or remove anything from homesites. Backpackers particularly like the Two Lakes trail as it is the longest hiking only trail in the Tell City Ranger District of the Hoosier National Forest. The trail also gets a lot of use from Scout groups and both local and out of state visitors. An annual half-marathon special event is held on the Two Lakes Trail in early summer. This year the event attracted 132 runners. The Two Lakes Trail is maintained by the Forest Service, it is logged out and mowed several times a year. Primitive camping is allowed off the trail and there are designated campsites. Please camp at least 100 feet from the trail and water sources. There is water available at creeks including a fork of the Anderson River. The trail also crosses several creeks and the fork of the Anderson River can be high after heavy rains. There is evidence of storms as there is heavy blowdown of pine trees that can be seen on the north loop of the trail north of Indian Lake. The Two Lakes Trail also runs concurrently with a segment of the American Discovery Trail. Hunting is allowed, please use caution during hunting seasons and wear orange clothing. Please pack out trash. The main trail is well signed and is marked with white diamonds, connector trails are marked with orange diamonds. You are Here signs are placed at intersections and various points along the trail to orient hikers.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 550
Elevation High Point: 800
Year Designated: 1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Hoosier National Forest Two Lakes Trail webpage

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Nancy Myers
Recreation Program Manager
Hoosier National Forest
248 15th St.
Tell City , IN 47586
(812) 547-7051
nmyers@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hoosier

 

Photos

Bluffs along trail. Photo by USFS.

Bluffs along trail. Photo by USFS.

 Photo by Nancy Myers.

Photo by Nancy Myers.

 

 Photo by Nancy Myers.

Photo by Nancy Myers.

Side Hill Trail. Photo by USFS.

Side Hill Trail. Photo by USFS.

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