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July 15, 2020

4/29/2020 1:23:00 PM
DNR: What's open at Indiana's parks

Rather than working on the frontline at state parks these days, interpretive naturalists are working online, allowing those self-isolating during the pandemic to enjoy the features and programs normally open to the public from the comfort of their own homes.

Park interpreters are livestreaming wildflower walks, nature talks, live cative animal feedings, history programs, craft tutorials, preschool programs, property tours and more.

Programs range from 5 to 50 minutes in duration.

Upcoming programs are available at www.calendar.dnr.IN.gov. Videos also are available on Facebook pages belonging to the individual parks.

What's open, what's closed

For those who feel the need to get out side and go for a hike, most Indiana State Parks are open.

Visitors, of course, are required to maintain proper social distancing.

Following is the status of which trails remain open and which are not:

Brown County State Park: Horse trails, mountain bike trails (including foot traffic) and trail 9 are closed; all others open.

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA): Trail 4 closed; all others open.

Clifty Falls State Park: Trails 9, 10 and ADA are open. All other trails are closed.

McCormick's Creek State Park: Wolf Cave is closed, but trail is open. All other trails open.

O'Bannon Woods State Park: Trail B (Tulip Valley ADA), trail C (CCC Ghost) and trail PR (Potato Run) are open.

Closed: Trails A (Rocky Ridge), D (Cliff Dweller), E (Ohio River Bluff), BR (Hike/Bike Trail) and AHT (from Pioneer Shelter to Iron Bridge Road).

Pokagon State Park: Artesian well and shelter at the end of Spring Trail are closed. All other trails open.

Salamonie Lake: Bloodroot Trail is closed. All other trails open.

Shades State Park: Trails 6 and 9 are open. All other trails are closed, including Pine Hills Nature Preserve.

Turkey Run State Park: Trails 1 and 11 are open. All others are closed.

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