Step into another world by stepping out just a few miles outside of West Union. Echo Valley State Park is located just a few miles from West Union on Echo Valley Road. This beautiful treasure offers walking and hiking trails, camping, and trout fishing. Limestone bluffs and outcroppings create wonderful backdrops and scenery. There is a stone shelter house with a fireplace, a great local for family reunions, picnics, and sleep overs.
Local Boy Scout troops often utilize the shelter for their annual campouts. The park has a few primitive camping sites as well, with one favorite being located right at the edge of the creek. A small open air shelter and picnic table creates a simple, but shaded spot for a picnic.
Trails and trees encompass the park and allow more adventurous visitors to explore the bluffs or take a stroll along the Dick Jensen Trail for a leisurely walk and the opportunity to explore some live animals at the petting zoo. Walking and hiking in Echo Valley give visitors lots of opportunities to see a variety of birds and small animals who also call the park home. Glover Creek gives anglers an opportunity to try their luck catching trout. Shallow cool waters entice many families to take a dip into the stream wading across the water and navigating the rocks. Small rock outcroppings and bridges create small waterfalls and rapids for nature lovers to admire and children to splash in.
Story by Denise Menne, Food and Fitness Early Childhood Associate, Fayette County