Bloomington is the perfect home base for hiking. Whether you’re looking for a short and easy hike, a secluded picnic spot, or an all day pack-a-lunch adventure, the five suggestions below will get you heading in the right direction. Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, just a mile or two north of the IU football stadium, features many short hiking trails from easy to rugged, that when combined, can add up to miles of fun. Leonard Springs Nature Park, on Leonard Springs Road, is a perfect spot for a quick and scenic afternoon hike. This trail features springs, caves, steep forested slopes, and a wetlands area. Pate Hollow, which is located just off 446 behind the Paynetown State Recreation Office, is a 6.5 mile loop trail of hilly terrain, beautiful scenery, and runs adjacent to Lake Monroe for a short time. Sycamore Trail is on the south east side of Lake Monroe off of Tower Ridge Road. On this trail, you will find a secluded valley with remote campsites and babbling brooks. It’s a 7 mile hike of solitude. The Peninsula Trail is a 10 mile trail that starts at the Grubb Ridge Trailhead on Tower Ridge Road (near the Sycamore Trail). The trail is fairly flat with some great views of the lake. Bean Blossom Bottoms in Ellettsville is a great place for bird watching. It features a 2 mile interpretive trail and boardwalk for visitors to explore the wetland. The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Within the wilderness are 37 miles of trails which are provided for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Remember when using the trails, if you pack it in, pack it out- leave no trace!For those seeking a bike trail, try the Wapehani Mountain Bike Park, which is 46 acres, 5 miles of dirt trails off Weimer Road. The trails range from easy to expert.