If you've complained about the heat and humidity this summer, you'll be glad to welcome cooler fall weather. Autumn in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a wonderful time to see -- and photograph -- some beautiful trees, flowers, and wildlife.
Take advantage of these local trails and the perfect visit for fall foliage. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, we have over 100 miles of trails for you to explore. They're free of charge, and you'll be improving your health too. Let's get started!
The 5 Best Fall Trails in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Lindenwood Nature Preserve
Lindenwood Nature Preserve, is a wonderful place to hike while enjoying nature's beauty. The preserve features four hiking trails in varying lengths, so there's something for everyone. One trail is constructed of crushed gravel and boardwalks, making it suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. No pets or bikes are allowed on these trails.
Parking provided at 600 Lindenwood Avenue.
Located on the southwest edge of Fort Wayne, Eagle Marsh features many fall grasses and wildflowers growing along its trails. An added bonus are the many wildlife species that live here. You may spot deer, herons, egrets, and various songbirds as you make your way along the trails.
During fall, the 3-mile Continental Divide Trail (find it near the Engle Road parking lot close to West Jefferson) should provide beautiful vistas of fall color. Be aware that this is a marsh/wetland, so if it's been rainy, you may prefer to hike here in your boots.
While Eagle Marsh is full of grasses and other shorter plants, while you're hiking here you may see the colorful foliage of Fox Island woods, located just next to the marsh.
Fox Island Trail
Fall is a great time to visit Fox Island, whether you want to hike or want some beautiful backdrop and photo spots.
With over 600 acres of land and seven miles of marked trails, it's easy to spend a fall afternoon in the outdoors here. Bring the cooler and take advantage of the grills and picnic areas here, and stop by the bird observation building too. Half of Fox Island is a State Nature Preserve, so you may want to pack your binoculars as well.
Franke Park Trails
Franke Park is full of excellent trails. Check out this map to see them all, along with the designation of the trails' difficulty levels. While many Fort Wayne trails are fairly easy due to our flat topography, Franke Park has a few harder trails that fitness buffs can try as a challenge.
Fort Wayne Rivergreenway Trail
Hiking in the city? Yes, if it's Fort Wayne! Our city has a wonderful series of trails that lets you enjoy the abundant fall foliage this autumn. Check out the Rivergreenway map to find a place to join a trail in many parts of town. The Rivergreenway Trail is 24 miles long and runs along our three rivers.
Make a day of it this fall with friends by planning a picnic lunch in one of the 15 Fort Wayne parks located along this trail.
Where is your favorite place for a fall hike in Fort Wayne, Indiana?