Southern Indiana Living

MAR-APR 2014

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10 March/April 2014 • 10 h i k i n g s p o t s you shouldn't miss Story // Jenna Esarey S pring is a great time to hit the local hiking trails. The bitter cold of the winter is past, and the blazing heat of summer is still something to dread. With our varied topography, a nice walk in the woods can take you past scenic views of the Ohio Valley, into water-carved canyons, near waterfalls of various sizes and through old-growth forests. The following list ofers something for every level of hiking enthusiast, from chal- lenging multi-day excursions to short afternoon rambles. 1. Ohio River Greenway The still under construction, seven-mile long multi-use path for pedestrians and bicycles follows the banks of the Ohio River from Jefersonville to New Albany. Completed sections hug the Ohio River in places, follows the top of the foodwall in others and leads visitors to the historic George Rogers Clark Cabin in Clarksville. Visit ohiorivergreenway.org 2. Knobstone Trail Indiana's longest hiking trail at 58 miles, Knobstone Trail passes primarily through state forests in Clark, Scott, and Wash- ington Counties. Eight trailheads provide access, with the primary starting point being the Delaney Park Trailhead near Salem at 8215 North Delaney Park Road. Visit www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4275.htm. 3. Big Four Pedestrian Bridge The shortest of the bunch (pictured at right), but arguably the most scenic — ofering panoramic vistas of southern Indiana and the Louisville skyline, the repurposed Big Four Bridge crosses the Ohio River, joining Louisville's Riverfront Park with downtown Jefersonville. Accessible only from the Louisville side for nearly a year, the Jefersonville ramp is due to open this spring. 4. Charlestown State Park With six trails from 1.2 to 2.9 miles in length and ranging from moderate to rugged, the Charlestown State Park ofers dense foodplain forest, rock outcrops and waterfalls. Several of the trails follow or overlook Fourteenmile Creek and visitors can spy the remains of a footbridge that once led to Rose Island, a 1920s amusement park. The park occasion- ally ofers guided tours to the remains of the park, destroyed in the 1937 food, or special 'Full Moon' hikes after dark. Visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2986.htm. // Top 10 Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by Abby Laub. MarchApril 2014.indd 10 2/23/14 8:32 PM

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