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Fort Harrison Events
Fort Harrison is a state park for many seasons for many reasons. Patrons may enjoy visiting the park year round, especially in winter since Fort Harrison features one of the biggest sledding hills in the area. Spring is the season to walk with the woodland wildflowers in full bloom across the park. Summer is the perfect time for a canoe trip down Fall Creek, the major water feature that runs through the north side of Fort Harrison. Autumn brings warm, sunny days and breathtaking fall colors to this, the last forested corner left in Marion County.
At Fort Harrison, landscape and history blend together at this unique setting on the north-east side of Indianapolis. The 1,700-acre park features walking and jogging trails, picnic sites, fishing access to Fall Creek and two national historic districts. The former Citizen's Military Training Camp is preserved around the park office in what was once known as Camp Glenn.
Visitors may also want to stop at the park's Museum of 20th Century Warfare to view exhibits about the lives and history of the soldiers who once marched the grounds of old Fort Harrison. An oasis of green in an urban landscape, Fort Harrison is one of the hidden gems to be found in the state, just minutes from home for many visitors needing contact with nature.
DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS
Note: For trail locations, view the property map under the MAPS tab.
Harrison Trace Trail: EASY—2.5 mile-loop via Duck Pond. This is an asphalt surface trail for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. The trail begins at the Delaware Lake picnic area. After passing Delaware Lake, the trail follows the rolling upland above Fall Creek. Although the trail is graded and paved, it is not flat. Much of the trail is tree-covered and wildflowers grow next to the walking surface all season long. This is the easiest route to Duck Pond.
Fall Creek Trail: MODERATE—1.1 miles to Duck Pond. Start this trail at the northeast corner of the Delaware Lake picnic area. The trail follows the lowlands along Fall Creek, then heads uphill as it nears Duck Pond. Overall distance can be shortened or varied by taking one of the three cutoff trails that connect to the Harrison Trace Trail. Excellent for birding, fishing access, and wildflower and tree identification.
Camp Creek Trail: MODERATE—1.0 mile to Duck Pond. Pick up this trail at the northeast side of Delaware Lake as it branches from the Harrison Trace Trail. The trail follows a woodland ravine, then climbs to the upland forest. This is the choice for the earliest spring flowers and a wide variety of trees.
Lawrence Creek Trail: MODERATE—2-mile loop. Start this trail at either the Lawrence Creek Trailhead or the Walnut Trailhead parking area on the west side of the park. The trail winds through upland woods and ravines. This is an excellent choice for observing fall color. Northern sections of the trail tend to remain wet all summer, providing a wonderful wildflower show.
Camp Glenn Trail: MODERATE—1 mile. Begin at the Lawrence Creek trailhead. The trail crosses the creek and quickly climbs the ridge, providing great views to the north and west. Once in the woods, the trail heads south to the Museum of 20th Century Warfare, saddle barn and old CMTC camp in the Camp Glenn National Historic District.
Tree ID Trail: EASY—1 mile. This mowed trail follows the outer edge of the picnic area in Camp Glenn. Look for the wooden posts with metal signs to help you ID each type of tree along the route.
Schoen Creek Trail: EASY—0.5 mile. Begin at the parking area east of the picnic area road at Camp Glenn. Follow the mowed trail through wetland and prairie grasses. Watch for grassland birds and listen for frogs in spring and summer.