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Fort Harrison State Park Trails
Fort Harrison State Park is the only state park in Indianapolis, on the northeast side of town. This area was all forest when the first European settlers arrived in Indiana. The park is named after former president Benjamin Harrison, of Indianapolis. The park used to be part of an army base by the same name, where officer’s quarters, barracks, and other military buildings can still be seen. The park covers 1.700 acres featuring walking and multi-use trails, two national historic districs, picnic sites and fishing access to Fall Creek and three small lakes. (Fishing with a license only).
There are wetlands and woods with native trees and hilly areas in this park. One can find attractive overlooks to Fall Creek and boardwalks. Trails are dirt and paved. Benches, picnic tables, restrooms, water, gazebos, water and a playground can also be found. In the springtime, woodland wildflowers, warblers and pileated woodpeckers and other birds can be spotted. In the winter, there is a large sledding hill, and cross country skiing and ice fishing are possibilities.
Former Citizen’s Military Training Camp, Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, and World War Two Prisoner of War Camp are preserved at the park headquarters location. There is an interpretive center with exhibits and a park naturalist to ask questions to at the Nature Center.
One can also take advantage of recreation buildings equipped with kitchenettes and restrooms. (By reservation) The shelters, one equipped with a fireplace, can too be reserved for your event. There is also a nature shop/store at this park. The Fort Golf Course is 18 holes and Peyte designed. The Garrison Restaurant and conference center has a full-service dining room and banquet seating for 500. One can also find four Officer’s homes, each two stories and three bedrooms and the Harrison House which has one suite and six guest rooms.
The trails in Fort Harrison Park are: Schoen Creek trail, Horse trail, Camp Glenn trail, Lawrence Creek trail, Harrison Trace, Camp Creek trail, and the East part of the Fall Creek trail.
The Fall Creek Trail that begins at the Fort Harrison State Park , loops around Delaware Lake. The trail then winds it’s way southwest quite a ways to around 33rd street and Binford Blvd. where it connects to the Monon, which heads south to 11th street downtown and north all the way to 96th street where it continues through Carmel.