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Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis

(4.3/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
Fort Harrison State Park is a state park for many seasons for many reasons. Patrons may enjoy visiting the park all year round, especially in winter since Fort Harrison features the Sledding Hill, one of the biggest in this area. Spring is the season to walk with the woodland wildflowers in full bloom across the park. Summer is the perfect time for a canoe trip down Fall Creek, the major water feature that runs through the north side of Fort Harrison. Autumn brings warm, sunny days and breathtaking fall colors to this, the last forested corner left in Marion County. Enjoy The Fort Golf Course and for an overnight trip, stay at the Fort Harrison Inn and Conference Center.
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  • Love this being a military family we were excited to see this are but while there we seen a store being robbed, police every where just a dangerous area. 
  • Very expansive grounds. When used for an event it is most accommodating. Other times it is just a place for hiking. 
  • A nice well maintained park. Very large, lots of green space, forests, buildings and trails too. Decent place to relax and enjoy the scenery plus see some of the history of the area. 
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  • Do not ride horses here. The man is very rude and they won't even allow the horses to have any water at the creek when they have been walking all day in the hot sun. The horse i was riding was breathing so heavy. It's cruel and wrong to not let them drink water. The instructor told me if he stops to drink pull his head up. Why? He's sweating and thirsty. She also insulted the horse calling him dumb, lazy and fat for stopping multiple times from exhaustion. She wasn't anywhere near skinny so i found that comment ridiculous. The horses are mistreated. Don't support the abuse of these animals.
  • There is a serious issue as far as the horse riding within this park is concerned. The horses appear over worked and exhausted and the people responsible for their care appear like they could care less about the situation. It's sickening and completely ruins the experience of having a park in your hometown.
  • This is an outstanding state park! It offers many hiking, biking, and running trails. The park also has a horse stable that offer guided tours on horseback. There is also multiple different playgrounds for children to play on. Enjoy history? The park has a small museum that exhibits artifacts dating to when the Natives used the land all the way up to WWII. If you enjoy to fish you have to come here! Fall Creek runs through most of the park and holds many different species of fish. Delaware Lake is my personal favorite of the whole park. There are two docks for family's to fish on or enjoy a picnic. Inside the lake there are tons of different species of fish such as Largemouth bass, Catfish, Carp, Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish, and they even stock the lake with Rainbow Trout! Which is a fun fish to catch on a fly rod. If you're going solely for the trout though, your best chances to catch them is in late March or early April when they first stock the lake. The park fee is $7 I believe but, if you are an avid State Park goer I would buy the $50 annual park pass. It will get you into Fort Harrison and all State owned parks. All in all, this is a great park.
  • I absolutely love Fort Harrison State Park. There are a ton of trails for hiking, biking, running, mountain biking, etc. It also has a lot of picnic areas and is always clean. I love being out there when I feel like getting close with nature.
  • I love this place. I go here for trail running, swimming in Fall Creek, hiking with the kids, picnicking, horseback riding, and many other activities. Heads up, there are no trashcans so prepare to pack your trash out.