Explore the most popular trails in Prophetstown State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 days ago

great day for a hike Trail 3 and 4 is the way to go especially when there is no flooding

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is best in fall or winter. If starting at Davis Ferry Park and hiking south to Tapawingo Park, you will hike alongside the river with decent views and occasionally eagle sightings along the way. (Bring binoculars!) The trail is well marked, It’s dog friendly and I’ve biked this trail as well encountering some fairly deep sand in spots.

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no shade
20 days ago

I went on this trail with my two dogs. It was a very easy and quiet boring trail unfortunately. Small part of trail 3 was in woods and nice but the rest is just walking on a mowed path. No shade 90% of the trail.

The trail is easy and relaxing to walk. The people at the homestead are very informative. Summer weekends have blacksmiths working as well. Families with children will enjoy the many farm animals.

Great hike through Trail#4. Watch for signs for flooding. View wildlife all year long.(deer, turkeys, owls, hawks, and best of all, nesting eagles)

hiking
1 month ago

Not much mud when we went. Sand wasn’t bad either. Lots of shade.

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bridge out
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

Hiked the entire trail from Battle Ground to Ft. Ouitenon. The trail was muddy but nice from Battle Ground Park to Lafayette. It got muddier as we got closer to Lafayette and the trail was paved since the trail was the low spot, but when we got to the 231 bridge after West Lafayette, there was a creek crossing with no bridge. There was a sign before this mentioning bridge repairs ahead, but there was no bridge there to repair and no mention of the trail being closed. We had to wade through water up to our waists to cross the creek as we were about 10 miles in and determined to finish. After that, there were many sections with 6.5 ft weeds that had completely overtaken the trail. We still managed to follow the trail until it disappeared completely into a muddy flooded area just before turning out toward the road near Ft. Ouitenon. At that point, we ended up walking through someone’s yard to get to the road since we couldn’t find any remnants of a trail to follow. We came out less than 500 feet from where the trail exited the woods and were able to rejoin the trail for the rest of the way to Ft. Ouitenon. I would only walk this entire trail again with a change of clothes and shoes knowing I would be incredibly muddy and wet.

hiking
2 months ago

Went for a short after-work hike starting at Battleground. I hiked until I got to the I-65 overpass and then turned around, which ended up being about 3 miles total. It was muddy in a couple areas, but nothing terrible. The scenery along the creek in the beginning is really nice.

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no shade
2 months ago

The BEST sunsets I've seen in Indiana are at this park, and in particular, near this trail. Easy flat trail that starts at the parking lot in the very back of the park (by the basketball court and fishing pond). Most of the trail is unshaded, so best to do during the morning or evening. Picnic tables under a large tree by the fishing pond, and plenty of benches along the trail too.

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washed out
2 months ago

.5 miles of it is under water.

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muddy
2 months ago

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washed out
4 months ago

Beautiful but easy hike nonetheless. Prophestown is always a good time.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked trail near Battleground, Indiana yesterday. No leaves this time of year have me a good view of Burnett Creek and Wabash River. The trail is saturated in some areas but amazingly most of it was sandy. It was a good hike and would love to go back. 4:/4/19

Attempted to hike the entire trail starting in Battle Ground. The trail started to get rather muddy about 3 miles in. I thought this might clear up when getting toward the paved sections but that was not the case as it only got worse. Much of the trail is made difficult by very deep mud all over, slowing your progress to a snails pace. The southern portion of the trail is impassable due to a lack of crossings where the inlets come in. You can jump across some, but eventually your options are hike well out of your way along a slope, or get your lower half soaked. The last mile or so is just a paved sidewalk leading to the Fort. Maybe it is better when the ground dries out, but springtime makes for a terrible experience. I see someone else mentioned it went past a trailer park. I don't know if that was in the southern portion since i never saw it. You go a little close to some back yards here and there, but at no point was there anything resembling a sketchy trailer park.

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10 months ago

Nice place for a walk, trail run, or mountain bike ( I think it's okay to bike in here ). I was mainly interested in seeing the Tippecanoe River as it's my understanding that the Native American village that was the source of the warriors that attacked Harrison's troops lived in this area. Doesn't seem entirely likely they would have lived on this lowland prairie since it's wet-ish and prone to flooding. There are certainly many options on either side of the Tippecanoe. The trail was flooded this day and it was too risky trying to pass via the fallen trees and timbers so I bushwacked back through the tall grass and eventually found a gooshy crossing to the trail. A cool part of the State Park!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail that has about a 50/50 split of time in shade compared to the sun. When the water is high/recent rain the eastern portion of the trail could be submerged and possible un-passable. During our hike on this trail on 2 occasions we had to use downed trees to cross water with one of the 2 causing me to go shin deep with one of my steps in water.

Prophetstown State Park charges a small fee to enter. Part of the park showcases a homestead and Indian village. Park up by the welcome area and take in some of the buildings and the apiary (honey was for sale this day and other food). The Indian village is located out in the field, you can do a wide loop or take a more direct route. A cool property and State Park for sure!

Nice trail but the backend was flooded.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked the lower portion of this trail starting at Fort Ouiatenon park. Trail begins at Fort parking lot. This was the only public access I saw on 2 mi lower portion I hiked. First 1/2 mi of trail heading North was paved bike path running right alongside South River road. The trail then turns into the woods and runs alongside the Wabash river. Trail here was dirt and sand, sometimes like walking on a beach. It was moist (but not muddy) even though it hadn't rained for at least a week. Imagine it's muddy in rainy seasons. Trail is fairly level and well marked. Scenery is unremarkable, mostly trees and very tall weeds. Occasional views of the river but usually the river is hidden behind tall weeds. Perhaps it would be more visible in early spring or winter. It was a little buggy, but not unpleasant.

This trail does not stay stagnant for long. Stairs, bridges, hills all come at you randomly. The highway and a railroad are nearby so those sounds are mixed in with nature.

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Beautiful, easy walking trails. Lots of varied landscapes and scenery. I'm only giving this 4 stars largely in part to own own poor planning. You NEED to have bug spray (especially for the Trail 4 portion)!

hiking
Saturday, July 21, 2018

The whole 12.8 was open today and was an enjoyable hike. It’s a lot sandier than I expected so it’s a good idea to wear ankle socks or even gaiters if you’re intense! The trail is mostly flat but there are some small, exciting elevation changes within 2 miles of battleground. Bathroom and water stops accessible along the way.

trail running
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Great Trail to find your stride and keeps you on your toes.

hiking
Friday, May 25, 2018

This is my go-to walk with our Lab at least once a week.

backpacking
Friday, November 03, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the near pristine woods with huge trees. A lot of the trail along a creek. Muddy spots even in late Oct! Hiked from Battleground to Davis Ferry.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Due to the topography, it can bet wet and buggy. Go in early spring or fall or in a dry period. Wet = bugs. Has some pretty areas though.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This would be a great trail. This day it was mud and bugs. We went from the battle ground to the ferry bridge. We had to get an Uber back, it was just to buggy and way to muddy. This is a one way trail so its either double back or get a ride. It could be a long as you would like. There are many good cut off points. The trail is by the river. Great walking and a good path if its not been raining heavily. This is a NO BIKE PATH. At least the part we hiked. We did see one set of bike tracks. We will come back in the fall. This will make a great cool weather trail.

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