TR115 - Woodland Pond Trail
The Woodland Pond trail is located just off Refuge Visitor's drive not far from the entrance at the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge office on Hwy 1. The trail itself is very mild and relatively well maintained with new bridges crossing the small streams. A very peaceful 1 mile walk through diverse plant life which yields amazing sounds of wildlife and nature.
TR116 Longleaf Pine Interpretive Trail
The Longleaf Pine Interpretive trail is a short quarter mile loop that provides explanatory exhibits about commonly found animals and features of a longleaf pine forest. Pictures of the exhibits are provided in this trail guide. Excellent views of Red Cockheaded Woodpecker habitats along this trail.
Obanon State Park - Ohio River Bluffs Trail
Clifty Falls State Park is just outside of Madison. For this trip I entered the North entrance but there is another entrance on the south off Hwy 56. Just to be clear, it really was not a water fall. It is really trickle but I suppose if there is recent rain it would have been more; however, this has been one of the rainiest summers in a while. Nonetheless, I started with trail 8 all the way down to the the creek bed. There is an earlier cutoff to trail too but I opted not to take it on the way out. Once I reached the creek bed, that was trail 2. It literally follows up the middle of the rocky creek bed.This was pretty cool because if you watch you can find all sort of fossils on the rocks. Most of what I found were imprints of seashells but I also found some rocks that were porous like sponges. Trail 2 goes almost all the way to where you can see the falls and then, once you can here it, you encounter the sign that says no one allowed beyond this point which is a bit of a bummer. It's pretty cool beyond that point or so I hear. Looks like lots of potential for rock slides so be cautious.On the way back out I opted for the early exit from trail 2 to trail 8 which was pretty darn steep but got me back to the trail head quicker.
Knobstone Trail 1 - 4.5
This is an out and back trek of the Knobstone Trail which is Indiana's longest footpath. Due to damage from a tornado in 2012, the trail head at Deam Lake has been relocated as reflected in this trip. There aren't any panoramic views available from this section of the trail. It is a nice stroll through hardwood forests along the Knobstone Escarpment. I found one campsite just along the trail but primitive camping is allowed. The trail was closed from mile 4 - 9 while trail repairs continue. Overall a nice hike with over elevation gain of 400 ft.
TR100 - Tate's Trail (OAB)
Tate's trail was developed in honor of Louis Tate who lost his life performing refuge duties. It is currently the longest official trail on the refuge. The trailhead is at Lake Bee. Parking is allowed on the grassy area by the kiosk near the Lake Bee Dam. The trail starts to the left of the kiosk and continue across Highway 145.After crossing Hwy 145, you will junction the loop trail. I chose to continue straight and save the loop for the return trip. The trail meanders around Lake 12 and Pool D before ending at Martin's Lake. This trip was recorded during July of 2013 during which many of lake levels were lowered for what looked like dam maintenance. Nevertheless, lots of wildlife and flora to take in. The observation tower on this side of the Martin's lake is closed as the photoblind has been moved to the other side of the lake. You can continue straight toward the boat landing for a nice view but will have to return back before going uphill to the trail terminus.
Tater Knob Fire Tower
The tower is currently "closed" due to vandalism which burned the center portion of the tower. The postings I saw were dated 2008 and were valid for 120 days. Once you reach the top of the tower you will quickly realize that you need to be careful and avoid the center of the tower. The views, are stunning and some of the best 360s in the area.