"The limestone shoreline around the point at Allen's Creek is so dense with fossils that it's hard to find 'plain' rock! The fossil beds are filled with crinoids and corals, interspersed with geodes – remnants of the shallow sea that once covered Indiana." - DNR Interpretive Services of the Paynetown Activity Center
The trail itself is an old gravel road. There are several optional spurs to explore. Short plants flourish along the road, so beware of ticks along its length. If it has been raining a lot, this might affect your enjoyment of the shore.
"Monroe Lake Trail
— Our trails are built and maintained for the education and enjoyment of our visitors. Please assist in preserving the natural beauty of the area by observing the following rules and regulations:
• Always stay on the trail.
• Do not litter. Pack out any trash.
• All pets must be on a leash at all times.
• No collecting is allowed except for mushrooms, berries and nuts. [Do not take the nice fossils!]
• Foot traffic only. No bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed.
• Do not damage or destroy any natural or man-made items."