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Low Gap Backcountry Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (25)

A challenging and fun trail through the hills and hollows of southern Indiana!


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Map Key

10.6

Miles

17.0

KM

Loop

935' 285 m

High

639' 195 m

Low

964' 294 m

Up

968' 295 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Park at either the main lot or at the smaller Tincher Ridge parking lot 50 yards west. Hike for about one mile down Tincher Ridge before falling off into the Rock Shelter Hollow. See many rock outcropping and a large "rock shelter" before climbing out to a high ridge. The trail follows mostly ridges until it drops and crosses Low Gap Loop Road.

Cross the road and enter the Backcountry Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest. There is a camping area located near the road. Cross a couple of nice bridges before climbing to the top of Gourley Ridge. Drop again into an isolated valley filled with creeks and pine forest. Depending on the season, wildflowers, wildlife, birds and fungi can be observed.

Climb out of this hollow and head along a fringe of trees with a logging road. Turn left for Low Gap Loop (Tecumseh Trail turns right) and follow the logging trail to Low Gap Road. Cross the road and continue down/up the gravel road which turns back into another logging trail.

Follow this trail past Indiana University Hardwood Ecosystem study (look for the tubing and buckets) until it turns to the left. From there, the trail runs just south of the main forest road back to the parking area. Look for pileated woodpeckers on this section.

Overall, this is a very nice trail with some isolation, especially in the backcountry area.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, squirrel, turtles, birds, woodpeckers, frogs. Typical southern Indiana forest with mostly hardwoods.

Shared By:

Marc Shotts

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  4.3 from 25 votes

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Photos

A view from inside the largest rock shelter.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
Enjoy this nice downhill section overlooking the creek.
Jan 30, 2017 near Martins…, IN
Part of the trail follows a rock-bottomed creek.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
A small forest pond along the Rock Shelter Trail / Low Gap Trail.
Dec 18, 2016 near Martins…, IN
The Rock Shelter as seen from the trail.
Sep 24, 2016 near Martins…, IN
Get ready to run under this sweet rock overhang along the Rock Shelter Trail.
Jan 30, 2017 near Martins…, IN

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May 7, 2022
Michael Mares
Oct 24, 2021
Bev Pape
Water at stream before next campsite ridge. Last stream with water. Easier terrain but logging road is all up & gravel. Stay on gravel to go to for… 5.1mi — 3h 10m
Oct 23, 2021
Bev Pape
Camped on Guerlin Ridge. Water at lot by Low Gap Rd. Meant to camp at the next campsite ridge. oops. Lunch at the rock shelter. 5.5mi — 3h 20m
Jun 12, 2021
Carolyn Blank
Jun 4, 2021
Marc Devine
10mi
Jan 2, 2021
Bryan McC
Great trail, a little muddy in spots, generally well marked. 10.3mi — 6h 00m
May 30, 2020
Anastasia Smith
May 25, 2020
Mike Maxwell
Sarah tried to kill me :-)