Fort Harrison State Park is one of the hidden gems of Indiana, featuring 1,700 acres of outdoor adventure! Some people love the sledding hills in the winter, while others enjoy spring walks among the blooming flowers. In the summer, you can canoe down Fall Creek. On the warm days of autumn, this forested area displays a breathtaking scenery. The park features many hiking trails, fishing areas, picnic sites and two national historic districts. But best of all for area doggos, this sprawling green space even has a dog park!
The Fort Harrison State Park Dog Park features three separate fenced-in off-leash areas in the north of the property, each with unique natural features. There aren't any size restrictions for any of the sections, so be sure your small dog is good with encountering bigger pooches.
The closest play area to Fall Creek Road is Platoon Run with 3.6 acres, and features large, shady trees, open areas and a wooded section. With water, clean-up stations, benches, a shelter and fireplace, and even an agility course for sporty pups, this spot has it all! On the other side of the parking area, you'll find the smaller Herrin Hill. Spread over 1.3 acres, this open, grassy space has less trees, but does feature water, benches, clean-up stations and an agility course too.
Brigade Landing is the largest area at 5-acres, and is the place for real explorers to romp. This rugged, wooded area offers a lot to sniff and discover, including a pond and dog beach. Dogs are encouraged to swim when conditions are safe. The pond is tested every week during open season, and if levels of algae are too high, Brigade Landing may be closed. While the other two sections are open year round, Brigade Landing is only available from April 1st to October 31st each year.
To access these furbulous areas, annual passes are $75 per dog, while weekly passes are $15 if you'd like to try out the park first. While you can purchase dog park passes at the front gate of the state park, note that they do not include access into the rest of Fort Harrison State Park, and only for the dog park entrance off of Falls Creek Road. Human restrooms can be found in the parking area, and rules are posted at the gates of each section.
Whether a casual player or real adventurer, your dog is sure to love the Fort Harrison State Park Dog Park!