McCloud Nature Park

(Photo by Anastasia Curtis)
Nature Center Phone: (765) 676-5437
Park Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

About McCloud Nature Park

At 232 acres, McCloud Nature Park opened in 2003 and 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 rental.

Park Amenities

  • 232 acres of woods, glacial ravines, prairie and creek
  • 6.5 miles of well-marked trails
  • Fishing, wading, canoeing and kayaking in Big Walnut Creek
  • Nature Center with restrooms, interactive exhibits, bird-viewing room, and resource library
  • Restored iron truss bridge that is over 100 years old
  • Arboretum
  • Observable live honeybee hives in the late spring, summer, and early fall months
  • Wetland habitat with boardwalk and observation decks
  • Regular nature programs
  • Picnic pavilion with tables and grills (can be rented)
  • Click here for a downloadable park map

Pavilion Rental

The pavilion at McCloud is available for your enjoyment year-round! Click here to learn more, including how to reserve a date. Please call the McCloud Nature Center at (765) 676-5437 with questions.

Rental Fee


McCloud Nature Center

Hours of Operation:
November through March: Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)
April through October: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.); Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Contact Information:
Phone: (765) 676-5437

The 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
  • Live Reptiles
  • Interactive Computers
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Resource Library
  • Rotating Art Exhibits

Rules and Documents: