Nature Areas

Summit Lake Park

5993 N. Messick Rd. New Castle IN

An expansive view and good fishing will beckon you to Summit Lake State Park. Activities include: boating (rental boats are available), fishing, and swimming on an 800 acre lake; camping in a 125 site Class A campground; hiking on three trails; group activities led by their naturalist service; cultural arts programs; and excellent bird watching. Telephone: 765-766-5873


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Westwood Park

1900 S County Rd 275 W New Castle IN

This park has a brand new 10 mile mountain bike trail (one of the best in Indiana) and for those who like to go off-road when they bike. Horse lovers can take advantage of the 6.5 mile horse trail (horse trailer parking available). A small modern campground (with 38 campsites) is located near the 180 acre lake and is open from May through October. Fishing is excellent for bass, sunfish, crappie and channel catfish (electric trolling motors only). Ice fishing is a favorite activity in the winter. Picnicking, playgrounds, shelter houses and play fields are some of the day use activities to be found. Some facilities are handicapped accessible. A new conference facility is available for rent (up to 50 people occupancy). Hours of Operation: Open daily mid April – November 1 Telephone: 765-987-1232


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Henry County Memorial Park

2221 N. Memorial Drive New Castle IN

Memorial Park is a 362-acre park with the W.G. Smith Building, a rustic shelter house, and three log cabins all available for rent. There are also 18 open picnic shelters and picnic tables scattered throughout the park. The park has two softball diamonds, three tennis courts, one basketball court, five volleyball courts, and several soccer fields, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, fishing, and nature trails. Upland Oak/hickory woods, Potzger's Seep Natural Area are present in the park. A BBRHC Site. Hours of Operation Open daily, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 765-529-1004


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Zeigler Woods

Henry County Indiana

This 127 acre site of high quality, rolling hardwood forest, depressional wetlands and open pasture is a true preserve. The woods is a typical mixed-upland forest type natural community. Several ephemeral wetlands, perched on the clay soils of the higher elevations, provide excellent breeding habitat for forest interior amphibians such as the small-mouth salamander and the wood frog. Ziegler Woods is the largest and highest quality remnant of the forested bluffs that once lined the entire Big Blue River valley. The preserve was acquired in 1990 by The Nature Conservancy with a generous benefactor's monetary gift, dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1991, and is now owned and managed by Summit Lake State Park. A BBRHC Site. There are no trails nor is there a parking lot available at this preserve. Please contact the Summit Lake State Park at (765) 766-5873 for visitation permission. From the intersection of U.S. 36 and S.R. 3, travel east on U.S. 36 approximately 2.6 miles to Hillsboro Road (C.R. 300 E). Turn left and travel roughly 0.5 mile to the preserve on the left side of the road.


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Province Pond

Henry County Indiana

Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area is a 210 acre property with 2 ponds on US 36 west of Mount Summit. The area is managed by Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area. This area offers fishing, upland game and waterfowl hunting and bird watching. RCAS has erected an osprey nesting platform. The wetland ponds in the wooded area provide excellent breeding habitat for forest interior amphibians such as the small-mouth salamander and the spring peeper frog.


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Stout Woods

350 N Sulphur Springs

Stout Woods Nature Preserve is a 37 acre woods located at 350 N and 300 W south of Sulphur Springs. The woods is a typical flat woods forest type natural community with red oak, shumard's oak, white ash, American beech and sugar maple with an understory of spicebush, paw paw, various sedge and spring wildflowers. The woods had been in the Stout family since the mid 1800's. In 1924, the property was entered into the Classified Forest Program. Sam and Stella Stoup donated this woodland to Purdue University in 1964, dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in July 2002.


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Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife

SR 103 New Castle IN 47362

This 1070 acres of varied habitats located on SR 103 N of New Castle, along the Big Blue River and its tributary, the Little Blue River was established as Fish and Wildlife Area in 1974. The site is known for early Native american habitation. The property features high quality woodlands, old field habitats, prairie plantings, and scattered wetlands comprising an excellent mix of wildlife habitat. A BBHC Site.


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Blue River Bottoms

New Castle IN

Blue River Bottoms Nature Area is a 19.67 acre wetlands complex situated along the Big Blue River west of New Castle. The wild life area includes a floodplain woods, cattail marsh and sedge meadow. The site was acquired in December 2004 by Red-tail Land Conservancy (RTLC) with monetary funds donated by the Henry County Citizens. A BBRHC Site.


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