Take the challenge. Wear the shirt.
What: A public non-competitive challenge to hike or bike every trail in FHSP
When: 1 month to complete, Nov 1-30, 2018
Who: Open to the public, presented by and benefitting the Friends of Fort Harrison State Park
Why: To promote fitness, celebrate the park, enjoy the trails, and raise funds for park improvement and programs
How: Register by purchasing a shirt
New Park Hours go into effect on Sunday, November 5, due to the time change. The park will be open daily from 07:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Harrison Trace Trail: EASY—3.2 miles. This is an asphalt-surface trail for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. The trail begins at the Delaware Lake picnic area. After passing Delaware Lake, the trail follows the rolling upland above Fall Creek. Expect some hills. Much of the trail is tree-covered, and wildflowers grow next to it during spring and summer. This is the easiest route to Duck Pond.
Fall Creek Trail: MODERATE—1 mile to Duck Pond. Start this trail at the northeast corner of the Delaware Lake picnic area. The trail follows the lowlands along Fall Creek, then heads uphill as it nears Duck Pond. Overall distance can be shortened or varied by taking one of three cutoff trails that connect to Harrison Trace Trail. Excellent for birding, fishing access, and wildflower and tree identification.
Camp Creek Trail: MODERATE—2 miles. This trail begins off Harrison Trace near the eastern banks of Delaware Lake, eventually passing Duck Pond. This trail passes by an old army rubble pile and contains many beautiful vistas from the bluffs of the Camp Creek valley.
Lawrence Creek Trail: DIFFICULT—4.2 miles. Start this loop trail at either the Lawrence Creek Trailhead or the Walnut Trailhead parking area on the west side of the park. The trail winds through upland woods and ravines. This is an excellent choice for observing fall color. Northern sections tend to remain wet all summer, providing a wonderful wildflower show. This is a single-track, hiking and bicycling trail. Bikers yield to hikers.
Tree Line Trail: EASY—1 mile. This mowed trail follows the outer edge of Millennium Grove picnic area in Camp Glenn. Look for wooden posts with metal signs to help you identify each type of tree along the route.
Schoen Creek Trail: DIFFICULT—3 miles. Begin at the parking area east of the Millennium Grove Picnic Area road at Camp Glenn. This is a single-track, hiking and-bicycling trail. Follow the mowed trail through wetland and prairie grasses.