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Indianapolis, IN: Whitewater Lakeshore

Catch a bird’s-eye view of eastern Indiana’s Whitewater Lake on this easy 2.3-mile out-and-back skirting a nature preserve and the a remote wooded shoreline.

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Whitewater Memorial State Park is Indiana’s third largest and together with the 200-acre Whitewater Lake, the park is home to the Hornbeam Nature Preserve. This 2.5-mile hike follows Whitewater’s Lakeshore trail as it tours the lake’s lightly traveled western shore toward a wooden observation deck.

This mapped route begins at the signed trailhead on the north side of the Nature Preserve parking area and follows the eastern branch of a short loop trail. Within 0.25-mile, the trail branches east, descending 100 feet toward the water’s edge and hugging the lake’s western shore beneath a wooded canopy. After descending a bluff about 1 mile from the trailhead, climb up the observation platform to take in sweeping views to the east of the lake. Listen and watch for migrating birds before turning back and re-tracing this route to the parking area.

-Mapped by Swati Gunale

To Trailhead

Take I-70 east to exit 151A (Chester Blvd./US-27) and drive south for almost 3 miles before jogging west at N D Street. Head south on 8th Avenue; it becomes US-27 and then IN-101 in Libertyville. 2 miles south of Libertyville, turn right onto Whitewater State Park Rd. Continue 2.8 miles to parking.

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