Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Jacque Miller, Matt Miller, Hoilly Miller, Shane Miller

Date: May 2004

Our second visit here was fun hiking the trails. The park is not only the largest state park in Indiana but one of the largest in the USA. It is often called the “Little Smokies” because it reminds people of Smoky Mountain NP. There was a beautiful covered bridge at the north entrance. The campground was spacious, trees offering much needed shade and deer everywhere. We hiked the 3 mile Taylor Ridge Trail climbing to the top of a ridge, down the adjacent valley then followed a stream and looping back.  We spotted many deer on the trail and several wandered into our campsite that evening. The next day we hiked the Fire Tower Trail, a challenging 2.2 mile trail crossing hills and down ravines. The highlight was climbing the 90 foot tall fire tower (Photo#4) offering us a panoramic view of the park. That afternoon a fast moving but short thunderstorm hit. Inside the pop-up camper it was the loudest thunder I have heard in my life. That evening in the small town of Nashville, the John Dillinger Museum was no longer there but we found a second hand bookstore and ice cream shop.

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