DePauw University Nature Park
1400 West County Road 125 S, Greencastle, IN 46135
One of the best nature parks in Indiana is the DePauw Nature Park, with perfectly maintained trails and outstanding views. Located in Greencastle, the DePauw Nature Park is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features a lake, wildlife and bird-watching. The trails are rated as moderate, offer a number of activity options and are accessible year round. Dogs are also able to use this trail, but must be kept on leash.
Between 1917 and 1977, the Nature Park was the site of a limestone quarry, owned and operated by Hanson Aggregates. With the quarry dormant for decades, Hanson Aggregates generously donated 280 acres of the land and leased the remaining 178 acres to DePauw University for $1 per year for 99 years. DePauw acquired adjacent property to increase the total size of the Nature Park to 520 acres. DePauw commissioned Mansur Developers in 2002 to design a Master Plan for possible uses of the Nature Park. DePauw completed Phase I of the Master Plan in 2004 and opened the Nature Park to the public in September 2004.