Hendricks County Parks

Our friends at the parks department will do their part over the coming days and weeks to bring some nature and even some humor into your lives.

Follow along with their resident box turtles as they take over the temporarily closed Nature Center. And get inspired and educated on ways to enjoy McCloud Nature Park even now during this time of social distancing.

Virtual Programming

With their Saturday in-person programming on hiatus until the state's quarantine is lifted, Hendricks County naturalists have begun hosting a virtual program every Saturday for participants to watch at home.

Click here to see their first-ever virtual program.

A Turtle Takeover

Uh oh!

With the McCloud Nature Center currently closed and the naturalists not on hand to monitor their activity, Terri, the park's Eastern Box Turtle, and Chrissy, a Painted Turtle, have taken over the center.

Make sure to follow along weekly to see what they are up to on the park department's Facebook page.

McCloud Nature Park Videos


Eagle Aerie Overlook

Suffering from cabin fever? Believe me, we get it and so do our friends at the Hendricks County Parks Department. Check out this amazing panoramic they shot recently that gives you a snippet of some of the views you can take in there.

McCloud and the Vandalia Trail remain open at this time if you want to get out of the house, breathe some fresh air and take in nature and some amazing views! But make sure to plan ahead as The Nature Center and its restrooms are closed.


Paw Paw Pathway

McCloud has become known for its scenic trails. The Paw Paw Pathway is one of the easiest to access from the first parking lot you come to at the park. Watch this video to get a taste for why you need to get out of the house right now and head to this beautiful natural landscape that will take you away from it all.


Listen to the Chorus of Frogs at McCloud

Our friends at Hendricks County Parks were able to capture this video and audio of the resident frogs at McCloud. If you need to get out of the house you can visit the frogs and see much more as McCloud remains open from dawn to dusk daily. The Nature Center and its restrooms, however, are closed.

So, get out of the house, get some exercise and enjoy some nature, but remember to stay safe and practice social distancing if others are also enjoying this scenic park.