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Fort Harrison State Park

Horse riding, fishing and a network of trails make this park a hive of activity in any season.

Fort Harrison State Park, also known as Fort Ben, after ex-President Benjamin Harrison, is located just nine miles (14 kilometers) northeast of downtown Indianapolis. On this site, which once belonged to the U.S. Army, you can sled down snow-covered slopes in winter, hike through fields of wildflowers in spring, and canoe down Fall Creek in summer. You’ll find plenty to do in this 1,700-acre (690-hectare) woodland year-round.
 
Stroll along one of the trails that meander through the park and range in length from half a mile to 2.5 miles (0.8 to 4 kilometers). Bikes are allowed only on paved roads and the Harrison Trace Trail, which takes you around Delaware Lake and Duck Pond. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars: you might spot blue heron and songbirds among the park’s plentiful bird life. Keep a look out also for deer, beavers, frogs, squirrels, and turtles amongst the ever-changing foliage.  

To see the park from a different perspective, rent a horse at the Saddle Barns or go on a hayride. Lessons are also available, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced equestrian.

Fishing enthusiasts will find Fall Creek the perfect place to drop a line in, although in winter months you may have to cut a hole in the ice. Collect a fishing permit from the park office.

If golf is your thing, tee off on the 18-hole course at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn and Golf Resort.
 
History buffs should head to the Museum of 20th Century Warfare. Located in former military buildings, what the collection lacks in size is made up for by its knowledgeable volunteers and free admission. The museum’s collection of military uniforms is particularly good.
 
Fort Harrison State Park is open year-round and there’s a small entry fee. This is a great day-trip, but be aware that overnight camping is not permitted.


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Lodging Near Fort Harrison State Park

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Value Place Indianapolis Lawrence

Value Place Indianapolis Lawrence

9515 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis
2.8
of 5, from 72 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Indianapolis, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Post Road Recreation Center and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Fort Harrison State Park. George Washington Park and Glendale Town Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Cape Cod Home on Large Private lot

Cape Cod Home on Large Private lot

9210 Briarclift Rd, Indianapolis
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Indianapolis, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Fort Harrison State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Post Road Recreation Center and Community Hospital North. Iron Wood Golf Course and Castleton Square are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$65
Baymont Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast

Baymont Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast

5755 N German Church Road, Indianapolis
3.3
of 5, from 425 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Indianapolis, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Fort Harrison State Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Post Road Recreation Center. Community Hospital North and Iron Wood Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$50
Red Roof Inn Indianapolis - Castleton

Red Roof Inn Indianapolis - Castleton

8110 North Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis
3.2
of 5, from 260 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Castleton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Community Hospital North, Castleton Square, and Climb Time Indy. Fishers Banquet Center is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

$83
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis

Candlewood Suites Indianapolis

8111 Bash Street, Indianapolis
4.1
of 5, from 258 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Castleton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Castleton Square, Community Hospital North, and Climb Time Indy. Fishers Banquet Center and Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$110
Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast

Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast

8180 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis
4.6
of 5, from 961 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Castleton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Hospital North and Castleton Square. Climb Time Indy and Fishers Banquet Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
Extended Stay America Indianapolis - Castleton

Extended Stay America Indianapolis - Castleton

7940 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis
3.6
of 5, from 107 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Castleton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Community Hospital North, Castleton Square, and Climb Time Indy. Fishers Banquet Center is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

$55
Super 8 Indianapolis/NE/Castleton Area

Super 8 Indianapolis/NE/Castleton Area

7202 E 82nd St, Indianapolis
2.4
of 5, from 362 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Castleton, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Hospital North and Castleton Square. Climb Time Indy and Fishers Banquet Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).