Wabash Heritage Trail

Location: The northern trailhead is at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial, at the southern edge of Battleground. From Lafayette, go north on Ninth Street, which becomes Canal Road, and keep following this (bear right at the "Y" intersection). You’ll go under Sagamore Parkway, over the Wabash River, and sooner or later reach Battleground. The Battlefield is on your left as you come into town. From the Intersection of I-65 and US 43, go south on 43 and turn left onto Burnett Rd. just as the highway goes back to two lanes. When Burnett Road ends, turn left: you’re now on Canal Road, so do what I told those other folks to do.

Description: The Trail is a nice walk, currently about eleven miles; nothing strenuous, no remarkable features of interest, just an enjoyable hike. From the southwest corner of the parking lot at the Battlefield, follow a trail down the steps just beyond the little wooden cabin that serves as the nature center, and over a little bridge, and you’re at the start of the trail (it leads away to your left). The trail follows Burnett’s Creek down toward the Wabash through a thickly wooded area, then across the Wabash on the old Davis Ferry bridge (where there is another access point) and on past an island which is set aside as a heron rookery (keep an eye open and I bet you see a heron somewhere along here). after passing beside the Lafayette City Golf Course (another access point) and through some woody spots, it goes past the Harrison bridge and Reihle Plaza in Lafayette, then wanders off south along the Wabash for a couple more miles. The trail south of Davis Ferry is less wooded. The trail is a good chance to get better acquainted with the Wabash, a slow, muddy river that is vastly underrated as a recreational opportunity. Hopefully the trail will soon be extended to Fort Ouiatenon and maybe someday through Granville Park, Ross Hills and all the way to Cicott Park at Independence, or even Attica.

Nearby Points of Interest: The Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial is a nice little park to wander around in, even with the usual phallic monument in the center. (Why has no one put up a monument to the Indians who fell in this battle?) It has a small museum and a nature center that is sometimes staffed.

Cautions: Don’t step on your own feet. And stay off private property, which is on both sides of the trail and often fairly close.

Ownership: Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation

 

 

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