Cattail Trail-West Lafayette
The Cattail Trail is located in West Lafayette, including parts of Purdue University, and is one of the trails in our information at “West Lafayette Trails”.
The Cattail Trail's south terminus is located on Stadium St., in David Rose Memorial and Garden, on the west side of Purdue University. David Rose Memorial and Garden has a large hill for sledding. The trail head can be found at Pickett Memorial Park which includes parking. This winding trail rolls out its ten foot wide surface over hills and cross from Ackerman Hills Golf Course. Cattail then crosses and parallels McCormick Street for awhile, heading northwest. Some beautiful homes make up the scenery which one can enjoy while walking along the McCormick Street Section.
Continuing on the path, the trail crosses and parallels Cherry Lane, heading eastward for a short while. It then turns northward and runs aside picket fencing. In this section one can find the Purdue Dairy Farm and the Brick Boilermaker Golf Course. The Cattail wends its way through trees and some open spaces. Pushing across W. 200 north, the trail runs northward.
Shortly one will come to find the Celery Bog Nature Center, where The Cattail connects to other trails. The trail splits woods on one side, and open areas on the other. The trail continues to be curvy and hilly, with various suburban housing in the area. The trail runs right into the Lilly Nature Center which sports some park benches offering a chance for walkers to rest, recollect, and connect with nature. Also, the LN Center offers visitors car and bicycle (rack) parking The nature center is free, and presents displays as well as nature look-outs for birds and critters, At this point, the trail is in the middle of marshes that used to be a bog.
Continuing north on the trail, one can find restaurants and businesses, which allows for parking and some restrooms.
One can find the north-end terminus at Cumberland and Northwestern avenues. This endpoint marks the beginning of the Northwest trail, which, as the name implies, continues northwest in West Lafayette. This trail passes businesses and restaurants, picnic areas, and the Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Cemetery. The Cattail and Northwest Trail are designated as National Recreation Trails.
At the southend, Purdue University has many interesting buildings, old and new. In the heart of the campus, one can see mostly older buildings, red brick Colonial style. The university was founded in 1869. Downtown West Lafayette has many diverse and interesting shops and restaurants, worth exploring, as is the beautiful Tippecanoe County Courthouse, and the Cattails and Northwest Trails.