Indiana has some pretty popular parks that are perfect for a day outdoors. From the scenic waterfall-filled park of Clifty Falls to the stunning Brown County State Park and incredible Indiana Dunes, there’s pretty much a park for every type of outdoor adventure in the Hoosier state. However, if you’re looking for a park that’s a little less known, check out these 9 secret parks in Indiana.
1. Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run - Wabash
This incredible nature preserve offer a tranquil respite from the stress of daily life. This land is protected by the Acres Land Trust and offers oak trees and stunning bedrock cliffs standing as high as 75 feet tall. The hike around the preserve is only 2 miles long and offers stunning sights of flowers and waterfalls. Find it at 1866 E Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992.
2. Krider World's Fair Garden - Middlebury
This beautiful oasis in Middlebury offers gorgeous sculptures, artwork, water displays, a reflecting pool, and much more. The whimsical deisgn is unlike any other park you've been to and will easily unleash your creativity. Find it at 302 Bristol Ave, Middlebury, IN 46540.
3. Exotic Feline Rescue Center Park - Center Point
This park is a little wilder than most, because it contains over 200 large, exotic cats that have been rescued or retired from zoos. Not only can you tour and meet these amazing creatures, you can even book a room to stay overnight in the middle of the excitement! You'll find it at 2221 E Ashboro Rd, Center Point, IN 47840.
4. Celery Bog @ Lilly Nature Preserve - West Lafayette
This quite nature preserve offers stunning lakeside views, as well as protected wetland preserves, filled with unique plants and wildlife. Celery Bog is roughly 105 acres wide and is perfect for exploring any time of year. Find it at 1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.
5. The Sunken Gardens - Huntington
This picture perfect park looks like it popped straight out of a fairy tale. Located within Memorial Park in Huntington, these sunken gardens are incredible to behold. You'll love the charming details, such as stone bridges, quaint fountains, and perfect natural displays. This park is perfect for people who love taking pictures! Check it out at Hitzfield St, Huntington, Indiana 46750.
6. Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve - Chesterton
Chesterton is well known as the site of the Indiana Dunes State Park, but this little preserve is the perfect way to enjoy the small town's natural beauty, without all of the crowds. Enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, and more at this little known park. Find it at 2401 Village Point, Chesterton, IN 46304.
7. Holliday Park - Indianapolis
This stunning urban park offers great hiking and biking trails, as well as incredible ruins. This large piece of architecture was originally from a NYC skyscraper and it's gorgeous up close. You'll also find an awesome nature center and playground here. Find it at 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
8. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve - Fremont
This stunning nature preserve is dedicated to revitalizing Indiana's buffalo population. Learn more about Native American culture and take a tour of the buffalo up close at this little known park. Check it out at 6975 N Ray Rd, Fremont, IN 46737.
9. Matter Park - Marion
This remarkable park has typical attractions, including a fishing pond, walking trails, playground, and sports fields. It's also home to an amazing butterfly and wildflower garden that you won't want to miss! Find it at N River Rd & Quarry Road, Marion, IN 46952.
Have you ever been to any of these secret parks in Indiana? For a list of great state parks to explore in the Hoosier state,
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