This 2.75 mile lollipop hiking trail begins at Taylor Ridge Campground and follows the hilltop for a mile and a half before descending into Wise Hollow and looping back along a small stream. As there is no parking for non-campers at the trail head, this hike is best accessed via Trail 11 (Vollmer Trail) from Ogle Lake.
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Trail 9 (Taylor Ridge) trailhead. From the north entrance, follow the signs on Brown County State Park Rd for 6 miles to Taylor Ridge Campground.
$7/vehicle (in-state), $9/vehicle (out-of-state)
Allowed on 6-foot leash
Dense tree canopy
Copperheads, timber rattlers, ticks
Hiking Trail 9 (Taylor Ridge)
The first thing you should know about Trail 9 is that, unless you are camping at Taylor Ridge Campground, there is no parking at the trailhead. Most day hikers will instead access this trail via Trail 11, Vollmer Trail, which starts at Ogle Lake.
Although that fact might turn away some visitors, there is one particularly interesting reason for making the effort to hike Trail 9: The Ten O’Clock Line Nature Preserve.
From the Department of Natural Resources: “This preserve represents the vast hardwood forests that blanketed Indiana when the first settlers arrived. Within a few decades, the forest was gone. This area was left relatively intact and had not been cleared and eroded by intensive farming. As a result, the species composition remains unaltered. It is an original Hoosier landscape.”
Here you’ll also hear the Woodland Warbler and see the endangered Yellowwood Tree. Other species that call the preserve home include the red bat, red-shouldered hawk, whip-poor-will, broad-winged hawk, bobcat and eastern box turtle. Also, although you will likely never see one, this area is also the habitat of the timber rattlesnake.
So, what’s the Ten O’Clock Line, anyway?
“The preserve is named for the 1809 treaty between General William Henry Harrison and Miami Chief Little Turtle. The treaty, officially the Treaty of Fort Wayne, gave three million acres of land to settlers and formed the northern border of Indiana upon 1816 statehood. According to legend, the line was determined by the shadow cast by a spear at 10 o’clock.”
Use map for real-time navigation
Load this web page on your phone before heading to the trail. Once there, be sure to put your device in airplane mode in order to save battery life.
Simply tap the map marker icon on the map to show your current location and follow along.
Tap the layers icon to switch between topographic, satellite and other helpful map layers. Be sure to check out the Heatmap overlay to see where others have gone before you!