Cool Creek Park Trail

Carmel, IN
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Cool Creek Park has a great trail that starts close to the nature center and takes you along the creek, through woody areas, branches off to a nature play area and back to the nature center.

Technically there are two trails – Tulip (1.5 miles) and Beech Trail (1 mile) – but they intertwine frequently throughout the park. More often than not, you’ll hike both during a visit.

This park is great for bird watching. The nature center offers some fun activities for kids, guided walks and more.

This is a great place to visit year round and watch the seasons change. The park is open from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The trailhead is located right off the parking lot, a large area that services both the trail and nature center. The trailhead is located to the right of the parking with the nature center on the opposite side.

Trail Contributor

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Bailey Ludlam is Hike it Baby’s Membership Manager and one of the Branch Ambassadors for Hike it Baby Indianapolis. Powered by lots of coffee and a constant need to explore, she is always looking for new adventures, both on and off the trail. And, with two little boys in tow the adventures are endless!


Trail Map

Getting There

Take Cool Creek Park Road, right off of 151st street. There is only one entrance. The park and trail has easy access to the 31 highway which leads to Kokomo and Indianapolis.