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A "Harmonious" Fall Hike in Harmonie State Park

by Diane Nicholas

Beautiful 70 degree days are going to be a hard commodity to come by in the upcoming months, so of course my husband, Josh, faithful dog, Brody and I took to Harmonie State Park to enjoy the last warm days of fall and the beautiful fall colors.

"Harmonie State Park is located "on the banks of the Wabash" 25 miles northwest of Evansville. A beautiful swimming pool, shady picnic areas, ravines and pristine landscape await you here. This is a trail lover's paradise! Trails for walking, biking and nature hikes will lure you for a visit."

Being the "trail lovers" that we are we decided to take on a trail on our first visit to Harmonie. When looking at the park map, we decided to take on the "moderate" trail #4 that was approximately 2.5 miles long. The description stated, "A fairly long trail with steep hills, winds through natural forests descending into ravines across two streams. The trail joins three picnic areas, any of which may be used as a starting point. Follows a short section of Trail 1."

We paid our $5 at the park entrance and headed to the Cherry Hill Shelter House to start our hike. The hike to us was characterized by the sound of us crushing leaves under our feet. It would be impossible for anyone to sneak up on us or for us to sneak up on them. Not even crazy ninja skills would work! There were still some colorful leaves in the trees which made for beautiful scenery along the hike. It ended up being a great hike through the forest! We all were ready for the water break at the end though.

Before leaving for the day, we wanted to check out the Wabash River. It was a very popular spot for picnickers, people strolling and even for family photos. Josh was sad that he didn't bring his fishing pole, but next time we will be more prepared.

Harmonie State Park offers many trails, including two for mountain biking. We plan to bring our bikes next time to give those trails a try. I definitely recommend Trail #4 especially during fall. The trees are still beautiful and it was definitely a good workout climbing up some of those hills.

 

Published: 11/12/2012

 


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