Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden

MODERATE 24 reviews

Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden is a 1.2 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, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
200 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running





wild flowers


Three to five trails of varying length (none more than a mile long) that loop in on each other. 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.

1 month ago

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.

7 months ago

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

11 months ago

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!

Friday, May 20, 2016

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

Sunday, June 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.

Saturday, April 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!

Thursday, August 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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