Schools are back in session and fall is hurtling toward us at a slightly alarming rate - are you in need of one last day of summer sunshine and outdoor exploration? Don't worry - Morgan County's got you covered. What you need is a day spent at Burkhart Creek Park! 

Burkhart Creek - Sign

Owned and operated by Morgan County Parks and Recreation, Burkhart Creek is 83 acres of relaxing outdoor fun, located off Highway 67 between Martinsville and Paragon. The park is a natural, low impact nature park with paved and unpaved hiking trails, picnic areas and more. 

Burkhart Creek - Trail

I recommend starting with a walk - choose from the paved trail loop or the unpaved (gravel) loop. Enjoy the wildflowers along the way! 

Burkhart Creek - Butterfly

Keep your eyes open for wildlife, like these beautiful butterflies and watch for signs of other park residents like bats, birds and other small mammals.

Burkhart Creek - Bat Boxes

The park is equipped with bat boxes like the one above, bird houses and even nesting and hunting platforms for raptors, such as red tailed hawks!  

Burkhart Creek - Shelter

Enjoy a picnic lunch in one of two shelter houses with grills available, or even a picnic table down by the creek. 

Burkhart Creek

Speaking of the creek, it's the perfect spot to do a little exploring! Access is available from the trail system. Keep your eyes open for small fish, frogs and other critters. 

Burkhart Creek - Flowers

Yes, I think we could all use a day of relaxation and natural beauty at Burkhart Creek Park before the flurry of fall activities hits in full force, don't you?