Even though we had a mild winter, I think most of us are itching to get out of the house and ‘take a road trip’! So…what to do? Canoeing? Hiking? Bird watching? Are you a wildflower enthusiast? Indiana has you covered! Here is a snap shot of some of the lesser known parks and recreation areas in Indiana you might want to consider.
Let’s start out by talking about Charlestown State Park, located in southern Indiana. This park is one of the best places for hikers and wildflower enthusiasts to go in the spring. The topography and trails in this relatively new 5,100-acre state park provide some rugged challenges, but a visit in May to see wild geranium, trillium, and other spring wildflowers is worth the walk. By the way, bird watchers will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional bald eagle.
Next stop, Monroe Lake! This park is an awesome place to watch migrating waterfowl and to hear returning warblers and other woodland nesting birds. This 13,952-acre property includes a 3,000-plus acre lake and several marshes.
Into wildlife watching? The best way to enjoy this passion is to grab an oar and paddle the waters at Chain O’Lakes State Park. This park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors from the seat of a canoe. Named for the chain of seven lakes that are linked by channels, the 2,718-acre park features camping, hiking, a seasonal interpretive center in a historic schoolhouse and, of course, great places for quiet canoe trips.
Bottom line, Indiana is blessed with a park to fit everyone’s wishes. Visit this website that covers all that Indiana has to offer, and start planning your day trip!
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