On the banks of the Wildcat Creek, in Lafayette, you will find Clegg Memorial Gardens. Wildflowers, ravines, and natural surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy nature and take a breather from hectic schedules. Thirteen acres of bluebells, shooting stars, daffodils, redbud and dogwood trees greet the spring visitor. Summertime makes the shade a welcome relief as you travel the trails and, of course, nothing can rival the beauty of the fall colors.
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Prophetstown State Park is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash River near the town of Battle Ground. Explore more than 10 miles of nature trails through tall grass prairie, wooded bluffs, alongside ponds, creeks and wetlands.
A wide variety of programs are offered from “Wildflowers of the Prairie” to “Birds of Prophetstown” hikes all year long.
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Hiking the Wabash Heritage Trail is a great experience if you are a bird watcher, outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or enjoy wildlife or just taking a walk. It starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and follows the Wabash River for 18 miles to Fort Ouiatenon. A brochure is available listing parking areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and specific places of interest. Parts of the trail around Riehle Plaza and on the West Lafayette side are paved, and therefore easily accessible for all.
The West Lafayette Trail System consists of 27 miles of paved trails that connect with more than 10 miles of marked bicycle lanes. The Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. These trails are managed for year-round recreation and use.
Lafayette’s Trail System consists of more than six miles of paved (and many more unpaved) trails within the city. Trails can be used for many activities including walking, running, biking, rollerblading and cross-country skiing.
Four off-road mountain bike dirt path trails are available: Haan Trail, McCormick Woods Trail, Murdock Park Trail and the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Trail. All except the Haan Trail are multi-use trails open to hikers, runners and mountain bikes.
Golf opportunities offer eight courses and eight different experiences. Challenge yourself to not one, but two, Pete Dye designed courses located right on Purdue University’s campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. These championship caliber courses have been home to many collegiate level tournaments including the Big 10 and the NCAA.
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Hale Irwin worked his magic designing the ever popular Coyote Crossing Golf Course that boasts a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest. A more traditional course can be played at the Battle Ground Country Club; this course is open to the public and is truly one of Indiana’s best golf values.
A quick and easy drive out of town will land you at the remarkable Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club. The rolling hills and mature trees will make you forget you were playing in the middle of corn fields in Indiana.
Three other unique courses open to the public include Edwood Glen Country Club, Golf Ravines, and the West Lafayette Country Club. Stay and play packages are available. Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com
Visit HomeOfPurdue.com for more details on trails or golf in Lafayette – West Lafayette.
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