Our next Knobstone Trail hike will be about 12 miles long as we continue heading south one segment at a time. With breaks, it should take around 5-1/2 - 6 hrs. to complete. Because of the 12 mile length, steep climbs, summer temperatures/humidity, and faster pace, this hike is not recommended for the casual hiker or for those not conditioned for strenuous hikes.
We will meet at the Jackson Road Trailhead and then shuttle cars to the start of the hike at the New Chapel Trailhead. At the end of July 2014, this segment had some areas where the trail is completely overgrown by weeds so long pants may be advised. There will likely be several large fallen trees to climb over. The hill at the 11MM will be very steep with about a 350 ft. ascent.
Toward the end of the hike we’ll have a couple more steep and long ascents as we venture into the tornado damaged area near Henryville, IN, where miles of trees and vegetation were completely stripped to the ground. A short jaunt off-trail to the top of Round Knob will be about a 150 ft. ascent straight up with no switchbacks but the unobstructed 360 deg. view of Louisville and the Ohio River Valley will be worth it. The tornado damaged area has no tree canopy or shade. We could be in the open for 1 - 1-1/2 hours so, if it is a sunny day, I recommend that you bring a hat in your backpack.
With warmer temperatures, please do not underestimate your water requirements. Pack your water so that you can drink while hiking without stopping. Also, bring snacks/energy bars for the trail that you can easily grab from a pocket or pouch. We will take short breaks as needed with one longer break at about the 1/2 way point.
Meet Location and Shuttling Between Trailheads: Meet at 10:00 am at the Jackson Road Trailhead
From there, we will park vehicles and shuttle people to the New Chapel trailhead for a 10:30am start.
S.E. Indianapolis Carpool Location: East Washington St. Plaza, 7803 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219. Meet at the large safe parking lot behind Blueberry Hill Pancake House (great place for breakfast before carpooling). I have room for 3 passengers comfortably. Park near the red dot on the map.
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am... (please be early)
Driving Time: About 1 hr 50 min from carpool location.
Driving Directions: Please print and bring with you.
Trail Conditions: All Knobstone Trail hikes are to be considered rugged and are maintained to backcountry standards with the potential for loose earth, narrow footings, drop offs, mud, rocks, needle sharp briars, poison ivy, fallen trees, wild animals, stinging/biting insects, ticks, hanging spiders, etc.
Carpooling: If you can, please consider offering to drive for carpooling to the hike and for shuttling between trailheads.
Ending Time: Because remote hikes often have unforeseen variables, hikers should be flexible as to exact time they arrive home after the hike.
Indiana DNR Knobstone Website
Knobstone Trail North Half Map
Knobstone Trail South Half Map