Natural Areas: Whitewater Memorial State Park
Lake. Click to enlarge
Two reservoirs and associated aquatic activities get most of the attention, but there are also trails. Trail 4 is the best of the lot; it’s an out-and-back of approximately three miles that heads toward, and then shadows, the western edge of Whitewater Lake. It traverses part of the Hornbeam Nature Preserve.
Hornbeam Nature Preserve. Click to enlarge
American hornbeam and eastern hop-hornbeam (ironwood) trees, both members of the birch family, flourish inside the preserve; the woods beyond the preserve boundaries are less exceptional. The trail ends at an “observation” platform set back from the lake.
Union County. From the intersection of US 27 and IN 101 in downtown Liberty, to south 1.7 miles on IN 101 to the park entrance on the right. (Fee)
GPS: N 39 36.715 W 84 56.521
Campground, showers, seasonal bathhouse, and nature center
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