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Schoen Creek Trail

Fort Harrison State Park

Greater Indianapolis, Indiana

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Schoen Creek Trail

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  • A bridge over water along Schoen Creek Trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • The Schoen Creek Trail follows a ravine.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • A small steam along fallen log.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • A pipe over the trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • A pipe over the trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • Crumbling concrete of the original Fort Harrison.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • Gnarled logs along the Schoen Creek Trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • The Schoen Creek Trail alongside a ravine.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • A gnarled bridge along the Schoen Creek Trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • A bridge on Schoen Creek Trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
  • Overlooking a bridge on Schoen Creek Trail.- Schoen Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Historical site. Variety. Bridges.
Cons: 
Dries slowly after rain.
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Region:
Greater Indianapolis, IN
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
839.00 ft (255.73 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Total elevation gain: 
165.00 ft (50.29 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
831.00 ft (253.29 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Schoen Creek Trail at Fort Harrison State Park offers a fun variety of scenery, including dense woods, open grasslands, and soggy wetlands. Wildflowers and cattails abound in the springtime, as do deer and raccoon. Numerous wooden bridges cross various smalls streams as the trail rolls into small ravines. The remains of the old Fort Harrison are also along the trail: large crumbling concrete structures and footings of buildings that existed when Fort Harrison was actively used as an army base.

Park at the Millennium Grove Picnic Area near Camp Glen and the equine section of the park. There are no bathrooms or potable water at the parking area, but both are available just up the road within the state park. This multi-use trail is also used by mountain bikers, and although the bicycles should yield to hikers, it is best to allow the cyclists room to pass. While you can hike the loop in either direction, hike in the clockwise direction; cyclists ride in the opposite direction and are more easily visible.

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