Splash on the Wabash 2017
The public is invited to come party at the river at Splash on the Wabash. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, August 12 (rescheduled from July 8th), at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park (3011 West Park Drive, Huntington). The festival features a fun inner tube ride down the Wabash River (choose from 3 launch times 10, noon 2), zip line for $5, free inflatables, free kayaking and more! Bring your own tube (heavy duty) and life jacket (tube should be deflated for transport) and participate for only $5, or rent a tube and life jacket for $10 (must be reserved in advance.) For tickets, tube rentals and details visit Splashonthewabash.com
Local Waterways Create Perfect Backdrop for Trails
I don’t know about you, but I love the warmer months of the year and as soon the temps are up I’m ready to find ways to be outside in nature. One of the most enjoyable and simplest activities that you can do in this area to enjoy nature is to hit one of the beautiful trails in Huntington County.
We are very fortunate to have the scenic Wabash and Little Rivers that wind through the county as well as our state park at Salamonie Lake and they create a perfect back drop for a number of breathtaking trails that help you clear your mind and get away from the hassels of everyday life.
We’ve been out in the county visiting a number of these trails with distances less than a mile up to a hefty 13 miles long and that range from flat paved trails to intermediate hikes. We hope that you will join us out on the trails and take some time to explore our landscape and maybe find yourself somewhere among the trees and the flowing waters.
Salamonie Lake – 9214 W Lost Bridge W, Huntington
Salamonie Lake DNR property features one of the top ten largest lakes in the state they have several scenic hiking routes from the Turkey Cove Trail that is .4 mile up to the 13 mile Blood Root trail and several in between. These paths are unpaved but well maintained. Head out for an afternoon or a fun multi-day camping trip. And make sure you take some time and visit the tail waters of the dam – it’s a great place to meander around the rocks and the water.
Evergreen Park – 1390 Evergreen Road, Huntington
Don’t have time for a longer walk but want to be out in nature? Head to Evergreen Park to walk one of our favorite 1 mile trails. The trail drops into a clearing and wraps along the Wabash River and a designated grassland preservation area. The best part of the trail is the scenic overlooks providing you breathtaking views of the Wabash River below. There are plenty of places to sit and stay for a while. Bring the kids or grandkids and have an afternoon picnic while the kids play on the playground.
Lime City Trail – West Park Drive, Huntington
One of my favorite places to escape during the day is the Lime City Trail. Park at the trailhead along West Park Drive near the St. Rd. 9/ US 24 Intersection and head out on this one mile trail (1.75 miles if you go all the way down and back) that wraps right along the river and lose yourself amid the natural beauty of trees and water. The trail also passes by the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park which reminds us all of the tremendous history of this area and the impact that the rivers.
Memorial Park – 1200 West Park Drive, Huntington
I love to get out at lunch time and one of my favorite places to walk is Memorial Park. Turn into the main drive and this gem of a trail wraps around the ponds to the right. This is a great place to head during a lunch break to take in a quick walk outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Full distance is less than a mile.
Tel Hy Nature Preserve (ACRES Land Trust) 1429 N 300 W, Huntington
If you are looking for a hike close to town, you might check out Tel-hy Nature Preserve which is an ACRES Land Trust Property. Park your car in the lot and enjoy this 1.3 mile hike through these lovely looped trails that wind you around with overhead views of the river and into wooded areas. If you aren’t looking for a more advanced hike, try to stay to the left at the fork. The path is unpaved so make sure you wear appropriate footwear in case of muddy areas.
Splash on the Wabash
The public is invited to come party at the river at one of Huntington’s newest festivals, Splash on the Wabash. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, July 9 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park (3011 West Park Drive, Huntington). The festival begins with a fun inner tube ride down the Wabash River and continues with an afternoon of activities that focus on celebrating the rivers!
Inner Tube Lazy River Ride
Who’s ready for river tubing? The committee gets special permission to adjust the flow for the event to create a fun and relaxing lazy river ride down the scenic Wabash River. Participants will park and sign in at the Historic Forks of the Wabash and then are bused to the launch site. Tubers must be at least 8 years of age to participate. The float will return them back to the event area in approximately 60-90 minutes. There are two launch times to choose from (noon or 2 p.m.). See the event website for launch times, rules, and additional information and tickets. Tickets are now on sale. First come, first served! A limited number of rentals are available and MUST be reserved online in advance. Tickets are available online at http://splashonthewabash.com.
- $5 per person PARTICIPATION FEE (bring your own tube and life jacket)
- $10 per person TUBE AND LIFE JACKET RENTALS/PARTICIPATION FEE
FREE Family activities 1-5 p.m.
Includes water and nature themed hands-on learning booths for children, games, face painting, bubble activities, an inflatable obstacle course, a foaming pit of bubbles, 34’ inflatable water slide and a ! There will also be “walk on water” balls and a water slide! Children will get wet so dress them appropriately! There will be hamburgers and hotdogs and frozen treats for purchase.
FREE Kayak Usage 1-5 p.m.
Take a spin on the river in a kayak! Volunteers will be available to help you learn how to use this great mode of transportation.
Art Silent Auction – painted rain barrels 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain barrels are an important part of river conservation and are a great canvas for local artists to showcase their talent. The rain barrels will be displayed around town prior to the event and a silent auction will allow festival-goers the chance to take home their favorite. The auction closes at 4!
For more information, visit http://splashonthewabash.com or call the Huntington County Visitor Bureau at 260-359-8687.