A few summers ago, my husband introduced us to “creek stomping” and we’ve had a lot of fun going every summer since. Recently, we asked Indy parents where they love taking their children creek stomping and they were willing to spill their favorite parks and hidden spots! If you’re wracking your brain, trying to think where to find an awesome “creek near me,” try a suggestion from our list.
Find a Creek Stomping Creek Near Me
Disclaimer: This list is compiled with information gathered from local parents. Please check local rules, regulations, and laws before visiting. Indy with Kids is not responsible for any unlawful behavior or incidents that may occur during these activities.
What is Creek Stomping?
Well, you find a creek, and you stomp in it. You can wear rain boots, water shoes, strap on sandals, or even go barefoot in some cases. My daughter wears an old pair of tennis shoes. We toss sticks in the water, build dams with rocks, skip stones and search for crawdads. This year, Lulu wants a net so she can try to capture small fish.
Places to Creek Stomp in Indianapolis
Blickman Educational Trail Park
6399 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis
A short hiking trail connects to the White River Trail with access to explore the White River.
Juan Solomon Park
6100 Grandview Dr, Indianapolis
Crooked Creek runs through Juan Solomon Park and kids love this creek. Watch for poison ivy along the trails.
6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis
Holliday Park is large and has many activities to enjoy but the hiking and creek stomping are a can’t-miss activity! The trails are beautiful and it is hard to believe you are in the city. This park is located next to the White River, but because of the size, many small pools of water often form along the banks. We have seen plenty of large birds, frogs, turtles, and even a snake. For days when it’s too cold or rainy for real creek stomping, check out the creek-themed water feature in Habitat Hall!
Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N Post Road, Indianapolis
Located on the east side of Indianapolis, Fort Harrison (Fort Ben to locals) is another great place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Fall Creek runs through this park and there is also a lake and ponds that you can hike around. Note that there is a fee of $7.00 to enter this park.
5624 S Carroll Road, New Palestine
Buck Creek runs along the edge of this park and provides ample opportunities for creek stomping. A paved path lines the entire perimeter of park with trails running off of it. Many of these trails lead directly to the creek. There are muddy spaces to stomp in and rocky patches just perfect for finding skipping stones. There is also a pond at this park where many a frog and turtle have been seen. Bring a net to scoop up small creatures for the kids to get a closer look.
Fall Creek Trail
Various access points, runs from Skiles Test Nature Park to the Monon Trail
The access point just West of Shadeland Ave off Fall Creek Blvd is a great spot to take little ones. You will find varying degrees of water depth based on recent rainfall but there is usually a large shallow area perfect for the littles’. Venture out further and there is a deeper area great for swimming. Find shells and pretty rocks during your visit.
Creek Stomping in Hamilton County
Potter’s Bridge Park
19401 N Allisonville Rd, Noblesville
There are a few places at Potter’s Bridge you can access the river to splash around but wear good hiking water shoes. The entry points are challenging to the average hiker. Good shoes with traction and finding exposed roots to hold onto for stability may be necessary, but once you get there the water feels great and it is a nice break for the kids to splash around and cool off. You can also check out the access points for kayaks and inner tubes.
Cool Creek Park
2000 E 151st Street, Carmel
There are several ways to get to creek stomping spots at Cool Creek. Our favorite place to splash around is a short distance down the trail from the trailhead between the Nature Center and the restrooms. There’s even a paved trail for those who need it!
Strawtown Koteewi Park
12308 Strawtown Avenue, Noblesville
There are three miles of the White River running through Strawtown Koteewi Park. Local parents recommend creek stomping near the blue bridge. Wear appropriate footwear, the rocks are slippery.
Flowing Well Park
5100 E 116th Street, Carmel
An artesian well is the centerpiece of Flowing Well Park. Fill your water bottles and then take a hike. You’ll find marshland leading up to several areas with easy access to the creek!
Hauge Road Nature Haven
9 South 8th Street, Noblesville
This hidden gem is easy to get to and easy to navigate. Kids of all ages love exploring and learning at Hague Road Nature Haven!
6001 Edenshall Ln, Noblesville
Kirkendall Creek runs through Dillon Park. You may find minnows, wildlife, or even snakes! Most of the creek is easy to maneuver through, but deeper pockets may appear after a good rain. You will find fallen trees and plenty of rocks to trek across.
Access to the creek is not really marked. Just find the dirt trail, running next to the paved trail near the playground, and find a clearing to enter the water. If you stick to the paved trail and head towards the skate park from the playground, you will find a little bridge going over the creek. This is a popular spot to creek stomp.
Flat Fork Creek
16141 E 101st St, Fishers
Pass up the sledding hill at Flat Fork Creek Park and take the nature trails into the woods to find the creek. As you walk along the banks, you’ll find several points where you can easily access the creek below. Don’t forget to explore the treehouses while you’re there!
Cheeney Creek Natural Area
11030 Fishers Pointe Blvd, Fishers
Cheeney Creek offers a creek that runs alongside their paved trail. It’s a great option if your entire group doesn’t want to get wet. The creek bank is fairly rocky so bigger kids would be more apt to scale the incline to get in the creek. Keep heading South and you come to an old railway bridge that leads to a wider, deeper body of water.
Bee Camp Creek Trailhead
13870 Ambria Dr, Fishers
This park is a hidden gem. Follow the paved trail from the Bee Creek Camp playground and just behind the bench at the second pond you will come across a trail leading into the woods. A wooden bridge led across the creek. It is the perfect spot to splash and play.
10979 Florida Rd, Fortville
The playground is fun and they have seasonal bathrooms which are really nice. You can’t miss the creek. It’s a great canoe launch onto Fall Creek and the zero entry makes it a great spot for littles’ to splash around.
Creek Stomping in Johnson County
Northwest Park Annex
1600 Fry Road, Greenwood
At this park, you can find the creek stomping directly from the parking lot. There is a bridge with an old boat ramp next to it perfect for introducing children to creek stomping. A paved trail goes through the woods here and there are many places to easily leave the path and get down to the water. We saw many people fishing here the last time we went. There is also another easy way to access the creek by going behind the large shelter.
Creek Stomping in Hendricks County
115 McClain Place, Avon
This is a large park with many offerings. There are fishing ponds and also some small streams that run throughout the park along the trails. Be sure to find the bridges and explore near them.
Arbuckle Acres Park
200 N. Green Street, Brownsburg
White Lick Creek runs through Arbuckle Acres Park. An elevated bridge takes you across the creek. Park rules indicate that you must stay on the trail.
Big Walnut Creek at McCloud Nature Park
8518 Hughes Road, North Salem
Wear your best water shoes and take a creek hike upstream in Big Walnut Creek. You’ll see fish, birds, insects, and other plant and wildlife.
Creek Stomping in Hancock County
Apple Street & US 40, Greenfield
Brandywine Creek runs through this 40-acre park in Greenfield. Easy access to the creek is available through paths and parking lots. This beautiful park will keep your kids busy for hours!
Creek Stomping in Morgan County
Burkhart Creek Park
N. Duckworth Road & Gray Road Martinsville
Burkhart Creek provides a fantastic space for kids to explore creek life. No public restrooms are available.
1101 Indianapolis Road, Mooresville
Pioneer Park is home to many fun activities, including the Soaring Eagle Zip Line Ride. The East Fork White Lick Creek runs through the park and provides many opportunities to explore the creek.
Other creek stomping locations recommended by local parents: Thornwood Preserve, Brandywine Park, Mounds State Park, Sunset Park, Pendleton Falls, Fortville City Park, Mounds Park.
Do you have a favorite place to splash and play? Creeks are often a hidden gem for children to explore, so let us know if there are any that have been left off the list!
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