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Prophetstown State Park

Updated on August 19, 2014

Experience Prophetstown State Park in Indiana

A few hundred years ago, tall grass prairies were a common sight in portions of the American midwest, including northwestern Indiana. Of course, many things have changed since then, not the least of which is the use of such fertile soil for farm land. Of course, there have been efforts to preserve or restore some of this prairie in recent years.

Near Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana, Prophetstown State Park was established in 2004 as one of those restoration projects. Learn a bit more about it and enjoy a few photographs of the area here.

An Introduction

Prophetstown State Park is located just east of interstate 65 somewhat northwest of Lafayette/West Lafayette Indiana. It is bordered on the south side by the Wabash River and on the east by the Tippecanoe River. (You can get directions below.)

The park is dedicated to restoring the prairie habitat native to the area. Indigenous prairie grasses and wildflowers have been restored to the area and non-native trees are gradually being phased out. Pictures of some of the wildflowers are displayed below.

The area is flat and easy to hike or bike. The park offers three picnic/playground areas as well as a large campground.

A variety of birds and other small animals call the park home. Deer can often be spotted here as well.

The tiny town of Battleground lies adjacent to the park and the Tippecanoe Battleground Park is nearby. For hikers, the Wabash Heritage Trail also takes off from the Battelground Memorial and provides 13 miles of hiking near the Wabash River.

The Trails

Because Prophetstown is primarily a prairie, most of the land is dedicated to regrowing this habitat. There are two hiking trails at this time that place you in the midst of this grassland. Trail 1 is 2.25 miles long. The first section of the trail passes through a small wooded area (pictured above). It's a small winding footpath that then opens up onto the prairie.

Trail 2 can be picked up at the southeast end of Trail 1. It continues further east and is 1.9 miles in length. Hiking trails through the prairie are generally a path of grass that's cut short to allow you to navigate straight through the tall grasses. Some areas can become quite wet following heavy rainfall. Obviously grasses are shorter in the spring and taller in the summer and fall. The photos on this page were taken during early June when grass height is only moderate.

There is also a paved bike trail which runs 3.2 miles (pictured here), nearly the entire length of the park itself. The bike trail can be picked up from any parking area within Prophetstown.

The Wildflowers at Prophetstown - Click on Thumbnails to View Photos

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More to See

Visitors to Prophetstown can see more than the natural beauty of the prairie. There is also the Historic Prophetstown area which includes the Wabash Valley Living History Farm. Tours of the 1920's farm house, barn, smoke house, chicken coop, and so forth are all available. There are a number of special events throughout the year, such as barn dances, storytelling, and clinics for things like bread baking, draft horse work, threshing, photography, woodstove cooking, and more.

In addition there is a Native American Village. It includes the restored remnants of a Native American Federation run village from the early 1800's. It features the Chief's Cabin, council house and medicine lodge that are all within an easy walk from the farmstead.

A Glimpse of Historic Prophetstown

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If You're Interested in Indiana History

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i am from Trinidad and i had the oppounity of visiting Prophets town with my 11 year old son and boy was he intrigued by all that he saw but can i know something about the owners of the farmhouse ?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is the first that I have heard of Prophets Town State Park. The photos are wonderful to see and your description is very welcoming to visit here. ~ Thumbs-up!

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't think the park (Prophetstown) would have anyone there to discuss him although they could tell you about the land and restoration. However, you might want to contact the people at the Tippecanoe Battleground (nearby). Their number is 765-567-2147. If no one there can help, then surely they could connect you with someone from the Tippecanoe Co. Historical Society who could. (I believe the office hours at the Battlefield are 10-5 Thursday through Tuesday.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm extremely interested in Tecumseh and all the history that surrounds him. Would there be any experts on hand that I could speak with if I came to visit? If so, when would be a good time to stop by?

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Love the little glimpse of the historic buildings -- what a neat name!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      we love prophets town the best state park we ever stayed in we live in south bend and love it to be able to stay for a few days is so restful n refreshing

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely lens! I wonder how the park got its name!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi...I did not realize this was up there! Will have to go hiking now! Also...lensrolled it to my lens on the Miami Indians of Indiana. Great lens and photos!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Wouldn't mind a visit here and beautiful flowers

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, this sounds like a wonderful place to visit, 5*****. I am not very familiar with the Lafayette area, but I lived in South Bend for 12 years and went canoeing down the Tippecanoe River around Rochester. It's a beautiful part of the Midwest.