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McCloud Nature Park

8518 Hughes Rd., North Salem IN 46165 
Phone: (765) 676-5437
Park Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

At 232-acres, McCloud Nature Park is a premier nature park in central Indiana. Visitors can enjoy over six miles of hiking trails, access to Big Walnut Creek, year-round programs at the nature center and a wide variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Modern restrooms and picnic facilities are on-site. A park pavilion is available for group rental.  

Park Amenities:  

  • 232 acres of woods, glacial ravines, prairie and creek
  • 6 1/2 miles of well-marked trails
  • Fishing and wading in Big Walnut Creek
  • Nature center with restrooms
  • Interactive exhibits
  • Restored 101-year-old iron truss bridge
  • Bird viewing room and resource library
  • Weekly nature programs
  • Picnic pavilion with tables (can be rented)



Pavilion Rental:  

Pavilion rental agreements may be completed at the department’s main office in Danville: 955 E. Main St., Danville IN 46122, or by mail. 
Click here for details about renting the pavilion, or call the main office at (317) 718-6188 with questions.

Rental Fee:
Hendricks County Residents: $50/Day
Non-Residents: $75/Day


McCloud Nature Center:

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Entry Fee: $0
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  (765) 676-5437

NatureCenterThe McCloud Park Nature Center hosts over 1,000ft2 of exhibit space and is filled with informative modern exhibits, animal specimens, interactive and educational computers, a bird viewing area, greenhouse, resource library and monthly rotating art exhibits.  At the McCloud Park Nature Center, there really is something for everyone! Nature Center Amenities:  

  • Bird Viewing Area
  • Green House
  • Interactive Computers
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Resource Library
  • Rotating Art Exhibits



Other Resources:

Park Rules  Download
Trail Map Download
Visitor Survey Link