Fall Creek Trail at Fort Harrison State Park

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Fall Creek Trail at Fort Harrison State Park is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Indianapolis, Indiana and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Alex C. (374)

Alex C. (374)

Very trail

Alex C. (374)

Great

Alex C. (374)

Kelley Heiland (289)

9 Completed8 Reviews

Nice Park for a short Hike or Bike Ride , best to pair up with Town Run.

Shawn M (3314)

35 Completed21 Reviews

Great trail along the creek with a nice observation platform along the way. It's pretty muddy out right now and this one hooks up to Harrison Trace if you want to switch to a paved path.

Luis Andrade (66)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great place to picnic and walk the dog

Kristin Charpentier (346)

17 Completed10 Reviews

Nice trail in the fall with easy to moderate elevation and terrain gains. Beware after heavy rains because the mud on the trails gets very slick with not enough stability to hike up safely. Wide variety of walkers and dog walkers on this trail. No bikers which is a change from the other trails in the park

Vonnell Benes Herold (96)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I hiked through Ft. Harrison where there were no trails when I was a kid so hiking on this trail was a treat. I agree it is a good trail for a novice hiker but the scenary, the friendly people you pass and the opportunities to stop and relax or have a small picnic is enjoyable for everyone. The terrain throughout the whole hike changes which makes the trail interesting. There are a lot of people with dogs but 99% of them follow the leash law so there is no issue sharing the trail.

Ash Barker (1949)

27 Completed14 Reviews

I tracked 4.5 miles (7k) in about an hour and a half on these two interconnected trails, which are really one loop trail that is bisected by a multi-use paved path. Even at 8am, they were fairly busy.

All in all the trails combine for about a 4k hike. I looped back and did the Falls Creek trail again, coming back along the multi-use path as I just hadn't stretched my legs enough at 4k.

Trail condition was fair, not good as the trails had grown over a bit and were not well maintained. More attention is being paid to the multi-use trails and local picnic shelters that this park is clearly designed for.

The trail itself was a rolling easy walk. The only interesting bits of elevation gain had actually be totally covered by a wooden boardwalk and stairs, which I was a bit bummed by.

So I had to pay for an only middling hike. I feel a bit bad for hikers in the city as the terrain was interesting but has been totally supplanted by a more multi-use park for dog-walkers, strollers, bikes and roller blades. A shame really, as some of the spur trails that ran paralel to the river were actually quite fun to ramble up.

Overall, if you've got the time to get outside the city a bit and find a better state park, then I would do so. This park is likely a great place for a picnic or to take the kids for a bike ride, but any technical hikers or trail runners will be really disappointed, especially for a pay park.

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