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February 25, 2017

It doesn’t look like it today, but soon the warmer weather will hold and we’ll all be thinking about getting out in nature more.  Hiking in Wayne County is easy, with so many great outdoor spaces to choose from.  Whether you are a power hiker or someone who likes to take your time enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, there are trails for you in Wayne County!

Hayes Arboretum trails let you rediscover nature.

Hayes Regional Arboretum

Hiking at Hayes Arboretum is stepping into hundreds of years of historic tree growth while discovering the ponds, fields, and wetlands, and even an Indian Mound.  

According to the Arboretum website: “Hayes Arboretum holds many intriguing natural characteristics and unique points of interest. The 466 acres of woodlands, meadows, swamps, and streams make this an ideal place to explore the wonderment of nature and to gain an appreciation of our natural heritage. There are hiking trails that take you through the heart of a mature Beech-Maple Forest; others take you through our Native Woody Plant Preserve or along a trickling stream.” 

And the Arboretum offers events for all ages that encourage engagement with, and enjoyment of, our environment.  You can find a list of upcoming events Here.  Add this wonderful place to your list of fun, free or nominal cost things to do with the family this year!

Frogs are everywhere at Cope Environmental! Discover the trails this Spring!

Cope Environmental Center

With a brand new education center, Cope Environmental in Centerville IN  is continuing to offer interaction with nature in their more than 130 acre classroom.  Hiking the trails, our family has always enjoyed the “turtle pond” wetlands and the bridges and streams we discover.

Cope is a great place for all levels of hiking or running, offering more challenging trails for those who want to test their skills or more easily walkable trails for families with little ones.   While you are discovering nature you can also hike past the sustainable living home that is powered by solar and geothermal energy on the property.  Cope is a learning place that teaches an appreciation and care for the earth as well sustainability.   Each Spring and Summer, classes are offered for all ages to engage with and learn about nature.  And in late winter, one can experience the tapping of trees for syrup.

You can check out their upcoming events here.

Cardinal Greenway offers river views and historic structures.

Cardinal Greenway

Cardinal Greenway hiking can be an adventure. With 62 miles of hiking spaces, you set the pace and decide how adventurous you and your family want to be.

A “rails to trails” dream, Cardinal Greenway covers five counties in Eastern Indiana.  Along the trail you can discover little towns, a covered bridge, lake and river bodies and so much more!  Whether you choose to bike the trails with friends or walk your favorite pooch, it’s a great way to see the outdoors!

To find out more about the Cardinal Greenway and upcoming events, click Here.

As you can see there are endless possibilities for discovering nature in Wayne County and surrounding areas.  All you need is the will to walk, run or bike the many trails.   Happy hiking!

For more about upcoming events in Wayne County check out the GoWayneCounty.com events calendar Here.

About the Author KPass

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.

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