Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 16, 2013

Get outside and active this fall

By Mark Moreland
For the Times Sentinel

— In my experience, there is no better time to be active outside in Indiana than the fall. Our legendary humidity subsides, the temperature is pleasant for exercising bodies, and the scenery ain’t bad either.

Take a hike

Take advantage of what our wonderful town and state have to offer those willing to step outdoors and adventure a little. We have no excuse to not find ourselves in the woods this month. Some of my favorite places to explore, whether for leisure or exercise, are too close not to visit.

• Starkey Park - (1 mile away) – Practically in your backyard, Starkey Park is a breath of fresh air to a busy schedule. Either drive to the parking lot in Sugarbush, ride your bike or walk down the rail trail to the entrance at the top of the wooden ramp. It’s beautiful to explore the loop that runs next to Eagle Creek.

• Holliday Park - (10 miles) This diverse park offers something for everyone. Lounge by the ruins, scramble around the huge playground, explore the lower wooded trails, or sport in the open grass field. Check out the nature center, too.

• Turkey Run - (60 miles) This park boasts tons of trails, tons of activities and hills. (Yes, there are some in Indiana). Want to get off your feet? Rent a canoe. A great, unique way to look at the fall changes.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.