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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: Central

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Dunes Trail (Photo by: Heeb Christian / Age Fotostock)
Dunes Trail (Photo by: Heeb Christian / Age Fotostock)
Lake Lincoln (Photo by: Anthony Harrison)
Lake Lincoln (Photo by: Anthony Harrison)

Eagle Creek, Loop, Eagle, Creek Park, IN
Janet Cohen Indianapolis, IN

With more than 5,000 acres of land and water, one of the nation’s largest city parks offers escape just 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Follow this six mile route to cross a hibiscus-lined causeway bordering a bird sanctuary; watch for great blue herons, bald eagles, ducks, and Canada geese (stop in the bird center for free binocs and ID assistance, Cohen says). Continue into a mature hardwood forest that’s alive with cicada song and deer, but “bring some mosquito repellent, especially if it’s been rainy.” Trip ID 40820

“Ruby-throated hummingbirds abound until September.”




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