Hiking

Year-round nature enthusiasts have miles of trails to explore at French Lick Resort. More than ten miles of dirt and gravel wind throughout the Hoosier National Forest - perfect for wildlife viewing and exercise in the fresh air.

 

Trail Map

Trails

Take to the resort on foot and observe nature in southern Indiana. Watch for birds, owls, deer and more. Maps are available at the Valley Links and Golf Learning Center.

 

 

Trail 1 - Moderate (1.5 miles) - Begin at the Valley Links Golf Course parking lot and hike along Sand Creek into the hills of Hoosier National Forest.

 

Trail 2 - Rugged (5.1 miles) - Trailhead located west of Monon Drive on West County Road 25 South.

 

Trail 3 - Rugged (3.8 miles) - Trailhead located west of Monon Drive on West County Road 25 South. Access this section through Trail 2.

 

Ferguson Trail (1 mile) - A paved path connecting French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel.

 

 

For more information on area hiking and biking, visit the Hoosier National Forest

Birdwatching

Four Native Indiana birds

If you’ve got an eagle eye, the airspace above the trails at French Lick Resort is perfect for spotting birds of all types. There’s a good chance of seeing Indiana’s state bird, the Northern Cardinal, and different types of thrushes, warblers and sparrows are also popular here. You might also spot an owl, red-tailed hawk or bald eagle.

 

At the concierge desk at both French Lick and West Baden Springs Hotels, you can pick up a complimentary birdwatching rack card — it includes information about a great app to download and learn more about the popular birds you’ll see in southern Indiana.