Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden

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Lafayette, Indiana

Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, Indiana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

There are several short trails of varying length all easily connected. There are gorgeous views of the creek, and of the forest/native plantings can be enjoyed on foot or seated on one of the many benches along the path. Please note that certain portions may be closed for maintenance.

hiking
bugs
3 days ago

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bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

This is a beautiful area to hike along the wildcat creek. It’s a wonderful surprise to find in this area. Hike it! You will love it. I took many pictures of flowers in the area. Plenty of look out points to stop and enjoy the view as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a run here! Trails are very narrow so it was a bit difficult to run but it’s beautiful here. Nice views and looking points over ledges, gorgeous plants alongside the paths.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

Great evening walk seeing the first buds of spring. Trail has had lots of maintenance and is well kept, big landslide took out a bridge near the creek with no signs warning of the closure, but everything else was great. Hoping to come back in a couple weeks and see the spring flowers in bloom.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

narrow trails with lots of steps.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

I love Clegg Gardens. Niches land trust purchased about when we moved here 5 1/2 years ago. At that point the trails were a mess and it was not safe for kids. Since then the improvements have been amazing. There are steps so it can be a great workout. The most treacherous part is crossing the road from the parking lot. The natural playground is a great addition. There is usually a lot of poison ivy down by the creek.

hiking
Tue May 14 2019

Short lollipop loop with nice overlooks of Wildcat Creek. Some up-and-down but mostly short or gradual grades. Therefore, the difficulty is on the easy side of moderate. Nice forest consists of hickory, maple, and an oak savanna. Plenty of wildflowers this time of year. The trail along the creek is closed for the foreseeable future due to erosion problems. Overall, a nice quick hiking option near Lafayette.

Tue Apr 09 2019

A quick, fun trail, with beautiful views of the river.

Sat Sep 22 2018

This is my favorite trail in the Lafayette area, and I usually walk it a few times a month. It’s a quick walk but you feel deep in to nature. I love the focus on keeping all of the flowers and plants that are natural to the area. There are signs through the trails that identify trees and flowers, so it’s a great hike for educating kids too! My favorite flowers here is the Jack-in-the-pulpit.

hiking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Parts under maintenance and not well traveled - which can be a good thing so it feels like a real adventure!

Tue Jul 03 2018

Excellent trail only 2 miles from I 65. Would do it again

Thu May 31 2018

I go here often and it is my favorite place in Lafayette. It is absolutely beautiful and so tranquil! Definitely worth a trip of you have the time!

Thu May 31 2018

Very pretty spot to walk the pups!

hiking
Thu May 10 2018

For a short and simple hike, it was relaxing and had some good views.

walking
Sun Jan 28 2018

Beautiful in every season, but late spring/early summer is the best time - the garden is in full bloom. Nice to walk around and get lost for a bit, but not for serious hiking. Some trails, some stairs, bridges and benches to stop and enjoy the view. There are also some plaques on trees and some reading at rest areas with a bit of information on history and the surrounding flora.

Tue Aug 01 2017

Very beautiful in the spring when all the flowers are blooming.

hiking
Sun Apr 02 2017

It's a short hike, but it is very peaceful. Also there are plenty of benches and seats if you just want to go enjoy the scenery!

hiking
Fri May 20 2016

The trails and boardwalk were very run down. Too bad, years ago it was probably nice.

hiking
Sun Jun 09 2013

These paths are not like the paved walk at Happy Hollow, but nowhere near the "rugged" trails at Turkey Run or Shades. While not very difficult, the trails here do have quite few spots where you'd have to watch your kids and your own footing because of the pebbles and the narrowness of the path; it would be a pretty steep fall at times. We took our dog and had to keep her leash short. The park was not crowded at all, only passed 3 other people. The most dangerous part is crossing the road to get from the parking lot to the park. Compared to other hiking opportunities near Lafayette, I think this one is better than the Delphi or Prophestown.

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2013

I live close by and go here a few times a year. It is a nice place and they do a great job maintaining it. However, it is not difficult, at all. A little up and down but hardly anything to sweat over. I would rate as Easy, even on Indiana terms. But, I do like it!

hiking
Thu Aug 02 2012

I'd call this a hidden gem of Lafayette, but people *do* know about it.. they just *forget* sometimes what a peaceful and beautiful setting this is. There's a few different dirt/woodshipped trails - some take you down to the edge of the creek and then back up for a soaring view from the top. All of them except the garden path feature steep stairs and inclines. Though this isn't as vigorous a hike as you may expect at Shades SP or Turkey Run SP , you may find yourself on one of the many benches on the trail catching your breath a bit. Benches are plentiful, and also observation decks with seating, so you can enjoy the view of the creek and trees. Our 'standard' walk is around 40 minutes of uphill and downhill (mostly in the shade). There's not a trail map for the taking available at the trailhead, but a posted map is available and the signs are easy to follow. Do sign in at the front gate! You'll see a lot of "Lafayette" and 'West Lafayette' residents, but you also will see visitors from out of state. Leashed dogs are welcome here, so you don't have to leave your canine at home. Let them walk in the beautiful woods and creek with you!

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