Walk of Excellence
This paved urban trail connects several parks as well as Kokomo’s Historical Downtown.
View the printable Walk of Excellence guide which includes a walking map, trail markers, and a brief history of the trail.
About the Trail
Taking several years to complete, the dedication of the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence was held on October 27, 2008 and completed a 3.4 mile paved urban trail from East to West and connecting several parks as well as Kokomo’s Historical Downtown.
The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence is ideal for walking, hiking, running, bicycling or even roller blading. Overall it is comfortably wide, smoother and maintains an almost unnoticeable grade. There is also a good mixture of open areas and tree canopied areas.
The trail, located in several parks, runs alongside and in places crossing over, the Wildcat Creek. The landscape surrounding the trail not only looks beautiful, but has the unmistakable fresh smell of the Indiana countryside. No matter how many times you visit the trail, there is always something new for you to find from day to day and season to season.
Well cared for, the Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence is one of the nicest looking trails in central Indiana. The amazing sights, sounds and scents the trail provides makes it much more than just a great place to visit, it’s an experience.
Features include the Wildcat Creek, Miller-Highland Park, a walk bridge and trail spur to Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, World War II military tank in Foster Park, Kokomo Senior Citizens Center, Historical Downtown Kokomo, Future Park, Pioneer Cemetery, Crown Point Cemetery and Waterworks Park.
Another point of interest is the Chief Kokomo Monument, which is the source of the community’s name. The burial place of Chief Kokomo is located in
Pioneer Cemetery on the 400 block of Purdum Street. The cenotaph was built by the Grand Army Republican in 1911.
As you explore the woodlands and wetlands along Wildcat Creek in Foster Park you can see a variety of plant and animal life. Visitors to Wildcat Creek can expect to observe a variety of wildlife. Great blue herons, green herons, wood ducks, mallards, barred and great horned owls, redheaded woodpeckers, Baltimore orioles, red-tailed hawks, kestrels and turkey vultures can be seen in the area. Mammals found along Wildcat Creek include fox, badger, beaver, mink, deer, woodchuck, muskrat, raccoon and numerous smaller species. Several varieties of bass, catfish, panfish and other game and “rough” fish are found in the Wildcat waters.