STATE PARKS TRAILS READY FOR FALL
With cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitoes and the crunch of colorful autumn leaves underfoot, autumn is a great time to enjoy the 600 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at the states' 33 state parks and reservoirs.
This fall could be the best yet with several improved hiking features available, including:
The Adena Trace Trail at Brookville Lake, one of only a few long-distance hiking trails at a state property. The 30-mile trail combines several shorter trails to circle the lake and offers scenic views of hillsides, forests and the lake.
At Brown County State Park, a 2.75-mile extension of Trail 9 connects Taylor Ridge Campground to Trail 7 at Ogle Lake. This new section, built primarily by The Hoosier Hikers Council, allows hikers to combine trails for long distance hikes. A half-mile section of Trail 6 was re-routed to eliminate steep, eroding slopes and provide access to scenic areas.
Prophetstown State Park added a 1.8-mile, moderate trail through prairie and wetland. The trail follows one of the earthen terraces in the park and features an overlook deck, which allows views of the Wabash River floodplain.
Indiana Dunes State Park is constructing an 800-foot boardwalk with a picnic deck and several overlook points through the award-winning Dunes Creek daylight project area. This boardwalk, funded with DNR ADA funds, will improve accessibility from the campground to the state park beach. The boardwalk is usable now and should be completed in early November.
For more information, please see www.dnr.IN.gov/parklake and www.dnr.IN.gov/healthy.