520 acres of exploration await in, and around, an abandoned limestone quarry.
Putnam County has more acreage in protected state forest than any other county in Indiana, which means that there’s plenty of room to get out and explore! There are numerous trails, parks, and nature preserves to help shed those winter blues, and today we’re highlighting one of them.
DePauw Nature Park is a unique area in our county and one that people from all over the state love to explore. The park is 520 acres and consists of trails, woodland, wildlife, and even a lake. At the center of it all is a retired limestone quarry! If you didn’t know, Indiana is famous for its limestone, and this quarry was active between 1917 and 1977. After being dormant for decades, the acreage was made officially made into the nature park in September 2004.
The park offers trails inside and around the old quarry, and they are all rated as moderate. A popular one is the rim walk, a trail that goes around the rim of the quarry and offers several overlooks where you can get terrific views of the whole park. Not only is the park a great outdoor adventure, but it’s also educational and contains outdoor classrooms and an amphitheater with limestone seating, among other things.
History, education, wildlife, and nature all come together here and we can’t think of a neater place to get some fresh air and some exercise! Oh, and bring your furry friend! Just make sure they’re on a leash. Happy trails to you, and happy tails to them.