Last Chances To See Fall Foliage

Dated: 11/01/2016

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Already, it is pretty obvious that fall is almost over in the Greater Indianapolis area. Nights are getting cooler, and the leaves have changed to a riot of colors. For many people, the changing of the leaves is one of the best things about fall. Fortunately, there are many places within driving distance of Northside that are great places to visit to see fall foliage.

Shades State Park

Located in Waveland, Indiana, a relatively quick drive from the Northside, Shades State Park is truly one of the more underappreciated greenspaces in all of Indiana. It is largely ignored because it is within close proximity of Turkey Run State Park, one of the more popular state parks in Indiana. The park, which is wrapped around famous Sugar Creek, is dotted with scenic outlooks on sandstone cliffs. The park is covered with trees and has a number of beautiful ravines with running water. Northsiders should definitely consider visiting this true Indiana treasure during the peak of fall.

Starkey Nature Park

Starkey Nature Park, another relatively unknown park easily accessible for Northsiders, lies right in the heart of Zionsville. Because it is nestled within Sugarbush neighborhood, non-Zionsville residents might not even know it is there. 80 acres in size, most of Starkey Park is wooded. However, there is a small, beautiful meadow with wildflowers worth checking out as well. Many residents enjoy the paths that wind along Eagle Creek, which flows along the eastern border of the park. Visitors should consider a picnic within the woods during the height of fall. They are guaranteed to not be disappointed.

Mounds State Park

Like Shades State Park, Mounds State Park is another great place to see fall foliage outside of the city. Still, considering it is located in Anderson, it is any easy drive for all Northside residents. Mounds State Park protects mounds built by the Adena-Hopewell people, a Native American group that inhabited the area, around 160 B.C. While the mounds are certainly worth seeing, there are a bunch of trails in the park completely enveloped in tall, old trees.

Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest city parks in the entire United States. It covers a large swath of land that winds north of 56th Street for miles along Eagle Creek Reservoir in the northwestern parts of Indianapolis. Eagle Creek Park has 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of land, nearly all woodlands. It has a particularly wonderful selection of programs available this fall. Northside residents should visit the Eagle Creek Park website for a full listing of upcoming programs.

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