Looking for fun way to spend a summer afternoon? Burkhart Creek Park, located just north of Paragon, Indiana, offers an opportunity for close encounters... of the natural kind! Keep your eyes (and ears) open during your visit and you'll discover some of the beautiful details of nature in Indiana. 

Burkhart Creek Park is an 83-acre park with two shelter houses, over two miles of paved and gravel surface trails, creek access (for splashing!) and newly installed playground equipment. The park is fully stocked with opportunities to see plants and wildlife - there are bird boxes, owl boxes, bat boxes, raptor perches and nesting platforms to encourage wildlife to make the area their home. Kids of all ages will delight in discovering the many aspects of nature that can be found at the park. 

My family recently ventured out on a recent Sunday afternoon and encountered wildflowers, insects, birds... even a snake! (Don't worry, it was a snake sighting from afar.) Below, you'll find a few of the things we saw on this visit to Burkart Creak Park. What do you think you'll see?

IF YOU GO: Watch for the sign on Highway 67 at Duckworth Road. Parking is available on both Duckworth Road and Warthen Road. Both shelters are equipped with grills, so you can bring a picnic or plan a cookout. If you aren't interested in eating outdoors, we highly suggest that you continue down Highway 67 to Paragon, where you'll find Tomato Pie Pizza Joint. Tomato Pie is on the Indiana Foodways Alliance Pizza Trail and is certainly worth the trip.   
 
Burkhart Woods Trail   Burkhart On Trail
Brown Eye Susans   Daisies
Purple Flower   Red Flower
Thistle   Bird on Sign
Owl Box   Bird Box
Burkhart Play Equipment   Burkhart Creek
Snail   Snake Sighting