“A flat trail with sections along open grass land, the Miami River, and a hardwood forest.”
— Rick Andrews
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Area near the river floods during periods of high water.
Park near the dog park, and look for the hitching posts and 20 foot tall sign that marks the entrance to the trail. The first half mile will be along a service road through a vast meadow until you reach the Miami River and several forest trails. There are many side trails so you need not stay on the service road for long.
Need to Know
The entrance of the trail is marked by a large wooden sign atop two post. It reads: Col Rouzer War Horse Trail
. There are also some horse hitching posts near the entrance of the trail.
The nearest restroom is at the north end of the park, by the soccer fields (About 0.5 miles away by road)
Once you have reached the trailhead, follow the trail east to the forest in the distance. Trail is entirely packed dirt or grass. There are two paths in the forest: one going north, the other south. The southern trail is a loop that leads you trough the heart of the forest and then back along the banks of the Miami River. In periods of heavy rain this can be flooded.
The northern trail goes along the river and leads to Honey Creek Park if you follow it far enough. All told, there is approximately 1.25 miles of trail in the woods. There are several different paths back to the parking lot, but for variety, we recommend the one that cuts through the center of the meadow.
Flora & Fauna
Deer, Bald Eagles, and many species of small birds have been seen along the river. Coyotes, Deer, and several large birds of prey are common in the meadow. There are several large sycamores along the river. Additionally, meadow has been planted, so in the summer there are many wildflowers and nectar-loving animals.
History & Background
This trail was recently converted to a multi-use trail and those on horseback having the right-of-way. However, horseback riders are rare on the trail.