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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:  

The pavilion at McCloud is available for your enjoyment year-round!  Click here for reservation instructions and to check availability and reserve the date of your choice.  Please call the HCP&R main office at 317.718.6188 with questions.

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


McCloud Nature Center:

Hours: Jan - Feb & Nov - Dec:  Friday & Saturday: 10am-5pm;
March - Oct:  Wednesday - Saturday:  10am-5pm
Entry Fee: $0
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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 rotating local artists' exhibits.  At the McCloud Park Nature Center, there really is something for everyone! Nature Center amenities include:  

  • Bird-Viewing Area
  • Greenhouse
  • Interactive Computers
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Resource Library
  • Rotating Art Exhibits



Other Resources:

Park Rules  Download
Trail Map Download