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Evansville, IN: Harmonie State Park

Towering trees and hanging vines lend a primordial feel to this 3.6-mile lollipop above the banks of the mighty Wabash River.

Rating

From the flat plains of the Wabash River, this 3.6 mile lollipop loop combines Trails 1 and 4 over steep hills, across wandering creeks and into deep ravines near the south end of Harmonie State Park. Begin on the flat floodplains of the Wabash River—the picnic area makes a great post-hike pit stop—and pass an old barn before turning south along an old country road. Under outsized specimens of oak and maple, the trail roller-coasters over hills into deep ravines, passing a group picnic area and descending stairs into a 200-foot gorge at mile after 1.8. Towering trees, lush greenery and hanging vines evoke a primeval atmosphere. The last mile of the trail tracks along a slightly downhill slope, with only a few short hills to interrupt a leisurely stroll back to the trailhead.
This short hike isn’t an all-day affair, but with several interpretive trails loops scattered throughout the park and an Olympic-sized pool (with a 110-foot waterslide!) as the park’s main attraction, there are plenty of ways to wile away a day.
-Mapped by Ted Villaire

To Trailhead

From Louisville, take I-64 west to IN-69. Follow IN-69 south for 9 miles to North Road. Turn right on North Road and in 1 mile veer left to enter the park. In 1.4 miles, turn right, following signs for the Wabash River Picnic Area where the trail begins.

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