Low Gap Trail in Morgan-Monroe State Forest

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Low Gap Trail in Morgan-Monroe State Forest is a 10 mile loop trail located near Martinsville, Indiana and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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True Miller (67)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Bonnie Wilcoxson (142)

2 Completed3 Reviews

Notice to Morgan-Monroe trail users. The Rock Shelter Trail is closed for a timber harvest that should be completed by the end of March. The Low Gap, Mason Ridge and Tecumseh Trails will remain open although they must bypass the closed area. Please respect the posted trail closure signs.
Low Gap, the Tecumseh Trail and Rock Shelter follow the same path from the trailhead at the Main Forest Road until they split at the big wooden sign where Low Gap and the Tecumseh turn south and the Rock Shelter goes left along the gravel log road back to the trailhead for a 3 mile loop.
For hikers coming from the Backcountry, they will see the trail closure at the wooden sign and use the last section of the Rock Shelter trail to reach the trailhead at the Main Forest Road. This cuts the 10-mile Low Gap hike by about 2 miles.

Shawn M (3314)

35 Completed21 Reviews

Beautiful trail and very well maintained by HHC. I hiked counter clockwise and thought I went the wrong way once I got to the rock road with all of the private property signs. It turned out to be the right way and just keep following the rock road until you reach the other parking lot. From there, you can connect right with the Mason Ridge Trail if you are heading back to the first parking lot. Nice long trail with some great features along the way.

Deryck Ramey (171)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Emily Chester (92)

2 Completed2 Reviews

I enjoyed most of this hike so much. I think there are some better vistas on the Three Lakes Trail, but some of the valleys and overlooks and the rock shelter on this one are gorgeous. I got a little nervous as I was walking the gravel road along private property that I had made a mistake and missed the trail, but at the end of the road it was clear the trail resumed. I would recommend it for great exercise, but some parts are a bit straight and tedious.

Lynda Gerhart (38)

3 Completed1 Reviews

I hike this trail multiple times a year, have even done it at night. Lots of scenery and some good climbs for cardio. Usually take about 4 hours so I can enjoy it. I recommend this trail for anyone in good condition. Morgan Monroe marks their trails very well so there should be no problems finding your way.

Tiffy Rene (67)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Really enjoyed seeing the wildlife! Unfortunately, we foolishly didn't bring bug spray today =[ other than the insects bothering us, we had a really enjoyable hike, with variations in altitude, and changing terrain underfoot. I'll definitely be coming back to do this trail again! The workout on your legs is just excellent =]

Bart H. (125)

Great day hike tucked away in Monroe county. It took me and my crew about 4 hours to complete and we were beat tired after finishing. We ended up hiking the Mason Ridge trail instead of staying on the gravel trail (lame). This was a more scenic route that ended up being just shy of 11 miles for the day. A lot of fun on this rugged trail!

Bruce Leavitt (41)

3 Completed1 Reviews


Trent Smith (421)

16 Completed16 Reviews

Great hike that is only 40 minutes from Indy. I hike this trail several times a year for a good cardio workout. Hiking at a good pace and not taking any breaks, its about a 3 hour hike. I also like it because if I'm not feeling it that day, I can cut out the river bottom section which shaves off about 2 miles.