‘Triple Crown of Trails’ unveiled


By Ron Brohm - For the Sidney Daily News



These Realtors from Choice Properties recently volunteered to help maintain the Cherokee Trail at Indian Lake State Park. Sitting L to R: Dale Frymyer, Paige Duff, Monica Margerum. Standing L to R: Woody Gordon, Randy Wax, Jill MacDonald, Dave Clay (on the tractor), Rosie O’Boyle

These Realtors from Choice Properties recently volunteered to help maintain the Cherokee Trail at Indian Lake State Park. Sitting L to R: Dale Frymyer, Paige Duff, Monica Margerum. Standing L to R: Woody Gordon, Randy Wax, Jill MacDonald, Dave Clay (on the tractor), Rosie O’Boyle


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Indian Lake’s Triple Crown of Trails: Cherokee Hiking Trail (3 miles); Pew Island Hiking Trail (1 mile); and John & Mary Rudolph Nature Area Hiking Trail (2 miles). Dots within highlighted circles indicate trails.


Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

LAKEVIEW — Indian Lake is well known for its many nautical recreational activities such as boating, jet skiing, fishing, sailing, swimming and summer beach parties. One thing it is really not known for is hiking.

The little known trails are well maintained and considered hidden treasures by local hikers and trail runners.

Cherokee Hiking Trail

This three-mile trail meanders through brushy and secluded habitat. The trail is relatively flat and rated easy to hike. Enjoy wooded views and beautiful wildlife scenes. Great for trail running also.

The main entrance is located off state Route 235 just west of the State Park Campground.

John and Mary Rudolph Nature Area Hiking Trail

The trail is open daily from dusk to dawn and is relatively flat and easy to hike. Hike through wetlands and a prairie and enjoy rarely seen views of the eastern border of the Great Miami River.

You may encounter deer, rabbit, turkey, heron and quail. There are also some backdrop views of the Honda windmills moving in harmony with the wind and the natural setting of the area.

The main entrance and parking area is located off Lincoln Boulevard in Russells Point.

Pew Island Hiking Trail

Enjoy stunning views of the lake on this one mile loop around Pew Island. Lakeside parking is available at the trail-head via the causeway access.

The landscape is beautifully-forested and diverse with some minor hills and a few connecting off-trails to hidden hills, pits and other nature gems. The difficulty rating is easy to moderate.

A wooden boardwalk through a marshy wetland is a top feature of this trail. Take a camera, especially at sunset.

The main entrance is off Buckeye Drive on Pew Island. Go past Cranberry Resort on Seminole Island, stay on Buckeye Drive, go over the causeway and Pew Island parking is on the right.

These Realtors from Choice Properties recently volunteered to help maintain the Cherokee Trail at Indian Lake State Park. Sitting L to R: Dale Frymyer, Paige Duff, Monica Margerum. Standing L to R: Woody Gordon, Randy Wax, Jill MacDonald, Dave Clay (on the tractor), Rosie O’Boyle
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_ChoiceWeb.jpgThese Realtors from Choice Properties recently volunteered to help maintain the Cherokee Trail at Indian Lake State Park. Sitting L to R: Dale Frymyer, Paige Duff, Monica Margerum. Standing L to R: Woody Gordon, Randy Wax, Jill MacDonald, Dave Clay (on the tractor), Rosie O’Boyle Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

Indian Lake’s Triple Crown of Trails: Cherokee Hiking Trail (3 miles); Pew Island Hiking Trail (1 mile); and John & Mary Rudolph Nature Area Hiking Trail (2 miles). Dots within highlighted circles indicate trails.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/06/web1_MapWeb.jpgIndian Lake’s Triple Crown of Trails: Cherokee Hiking Trail (3 miles); Pew Island Hiking Trail (1 mile); and John & Mary Rudolph Nature Area Hiking Trail (2 miles). Dots within highlighted circles indicate trails. Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer Ron Brohm | Contributing photographer

By Ron Brohm

For the Sidney Daily News

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.