If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun for the whole family this summer, you might want to check out some of Indiana’s beautiful parks. Our state has endless opportunities for exploring, hiking, and camping—so here are a few parks you should visit before the summer ends!
If you live in Indianapolis, White River State Park is very convenient—and there’s lots to do. It’s home to the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, and many other cultural attractions, not to mention plenty of trails along the river and an outdoor concert venue. Whether you’re walking, biking, or boating, you’ll find lots of scenic views here, and many unique events going on throughout the summer.
Known for its rolling hills and stunning fall colors, Brown County State Park is also a great choice to visit during the summer. Located about an hour south of Indianapolis in Nashville, Indiana, the park has excellent biking and hiking trails, beautiful campgrounds, fishing, and even horse riding opportunities. At nearly 16,000 acres, it’s the largest park in the state, so you’ll never run out of new areas to explore.
With more than 15 miles of stunning coastline to check out, Indiana Dunes State Park is one of the most exciting parks you’ll find in the state. Located in the northwest corner of Indiana along Lake Michigan, the park is one of the best camping destinations anywhere—and it has a unique mix of different terrain to explore in a relatively small area, including forests, marshes, and prairies. It’s also pretty fun to run down the dunes and jump into the lake!
Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, is a bit of a hidden gem among Indiana’s large roster of parks. But those who’ve been there know it’s home to what many people consider to be some of the best hiking trails in the state, including beautiful waterfalls, caves, and ravines. The park is also known for its fossils, as it used to be part of an ancient ocean. Although fossil collecting is not allowed on park property, you can find easily accessible fossil collecting locations nearby.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Eagle Creek Park—a park that has a special connection to Engledow. Eagle Creek is another place that’s convenient for Indy residents, as it’s located in the northwest part of Indianapolis just outside of Interstate 465. There’s a lot to do at Eagle Creek in addition to biking and hiking, including visiting the ornithology center, the earth discovery center, and many youth programs during the summer.
The summer won’t be here forever, so don’t miss your opportunity to visit some of Indiana’s beautiful state parks before it’s too late! If you’re looking for even more Indiana parks to visit this summer, check out this handy list. And as always, if you have any questions about plants or landscaping, don’t hesitate to contact us.