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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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.

Gail A. (816)

Being the type of person that hates going on a trail, then turning around and going back, I found that you can turn it into a loop with only a short amount of paved walking. When you get to the group of wooden steps along the river, veer to the right after the first set of steps. A trail takes you up to a paved portion of another trail where you go left, then take the first left back into the woods. You are now back on FC Trail going the opposite direction, and you still get the great views of the river.

Desma Leinart (584)

10 Completed8 Reviews

Hiked 6/6/12; the weather was great not too warm or cool. Scenary is beautiful, lots to look at and take pictures of. The history of the trail is interesting too. Some areas of the trail are off limits for repairs, which are looking good, growing nicely. Not too busy for a Wednesday early evening. The trail is easy to walk on and navigate. There are areas with picnic tables right off the trail for a snack break if needed. It took appromixately an hour and ten minutes to hike with a small Shih-Tzu.

Tristan Gold (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

That burm is at Town Run...

Pat Watts (80)

0 Completed1 Reviews

Good shady walking trail for hot summer days

Hope Berndt (133)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fairly low key hiking trail. Some stairs and mild inclines. It's great for novice or those wishing to get back into training. It intertwines with the paved bike tracks so if you want it can easily turn into a five mile hike instead of two. Keep your eyes open because there is lots of wildlife wandering about in spite of being so close to the city. Overall if you are looking to hike with a group at various skill level, this is the trail for you.