Melvern Trails

category : Trails
Melvern Trails Eisenhower State Park offers 1,785 acres of open prairie and timber where settlers homesteaded in the early 1800's. Hike or bring your horse and experience the beauty of IKE's 20 miles of trails. Camping with horses is permitted in Cowboy Campground and on the north loop of Westpoint Campground - 4 sites have water and 10 sites have electrical only.

Along the way you might spot deer, quail, turkey and numerous songbirds in this wildlife rich habitat.

Crooked Knee Horse Trail - The trail is named after the knee injury Eisenhower received while at West Point. The trail is nearly 15 miles long. It passes through wooded areas, the waters edge and across a creek the feeds the lake. This is the same area that is used for hunting. Bobcat, deer, turkey and more can be seen along the trail.

A 1.5 mile self-guided interpretative trail is located near Doud Camp.

Many changes are occurring in and around the park that will excite the trail enthusiast. Stop by the office for a current trails update.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Trails

The Outlet Park has three miles of nature trails including a half-mile paved surface trail accessible to the physically challenged. A two-mile gravel trail connects to the paved trail to allow users to explore the entire oxbow that exists as a result of the Melvern Dam construction as well as the perimeter of the Outlet River Pond. It interconnects with several sanitary facilities and allows fishermen, hikers, and bicyclists safe access to the river pond shoreline and other park features.

The River Bottom Nature Trail is a primitive trail that passes through an area representative of the river biosphere. It is located in the northeast portion of the Outlet Park.

Coeur d' Alene Park has two nature trails with easy to navigate gravel surfaces. The Overlook Trail is only two hundred yards long but serves to connect two picnic areas and playground facilities. The Breakwater Trail is a half-mile long and provides access to the lake and native flora and fauna between the Coeur d' Alene campground and the marina cove.

Address: 6 miles N on Hwy 75 from I-35 Exit 155
Phone: 785-528-4102
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Corps of Engineers Contact Information: 785-549-3318

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