Indianapolis: Lawrence Creek Loop

Ride the bus to explore this 5.3-mile loop in Fort Harrison State Park featuring sun-dappled forests, seasonal flowers and, if you're quiet, wildlife.
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Ride the bus to explore this 5.3-mile loop in Fort Harrison State Park featuring sun-dappled forests, seasonal flowers and, if you're quiet, wildlife.

Mapped by Swati Gunale

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.5

Waypoints

LCL001

Location: 39.8614692687988, -86.0049667358398

Leave Ivy Tech bus stop and walk W along Rising Rd. In 450 ft., turn R onto Wheeler Rd. Go 450 ft. more, then turn L @ 59th St. (becomes Shafter Rd.)

LCL002

Location: 39.8695030212402, -86.0231170654297

Straight @ 3-way to stay on Shafter Rd. In 100 yds., turn L @ stop sign onto Glenn Rd. Pass the park's sledding hill on R

LCL003

Location: 39.8667488098144, -86.0239791870117

Turn R @ Lawrence Creek Trailhead; follow dirt path for mild uphill into wooded confines of Ft. Harrison State Park

LCL004

Location: 39.8645896911621, -86.028678894043

To begin loop, turn L @ T; pass sign designating return route to trailhead

LCL005

Location: 39.8620491027832, -86.0305328369141

Easy-going trail curves R; cruise through woods of ash, maple, and sycamore; look closely to spot deer that blend into background

LCL006

Location: 39.8630905151367, -86.0332336425781

Trail bends R for slight descent (trail on L leads to Boy Scout Rd.)

LCL007

Location: 39.8647117614746, -86.0332565307617

Continue straight (N). During winter months, scan leafless trees for crow-sized pileated woodpeckers (males sport a distinct red crest on their heads)

LCL008

Location: 39.8675918579102, -86.0336837768555

Turn R @ T

LCL009

Location: 39.8684501647949, -86.0328674316406

Bear R @ marked Y (path on L leads to Walnut trailhead parking area). In 200 ft., turn R @ T

LCL010

Location: 39.8675804138184, -86.028678894043

Straight past side trail on L. In 100 yds., straight @ 3-way with another side trail on L. Follow S to WPT 4; turn L to trailhead

Lawrence Creek Trail

Location: 39.8671607971191, -86.0285873413086

Woods

Location: 39.8629837036133, -86.0328521728516

Trailhead

Location: 39.866771697998, -86.0242767333984