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

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

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!

Very pretty spot to walk the pups!

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

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.

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

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Sunday, April 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!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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