Whitewater Memorial State Park, Indiana’s 3rd largest, was created in 1949 as a living memorial for Indiana’s WWII soldiers. Although the Memorial Trail is accessible from many park locations, this mapped route starts from the fishing pier and boat launch area to create a 2.6-mile lollipop loop.
For the first 0.75-miles, the trail hugs Whitewater’s shoreline, passing a sheltered picnic area before climbing a short, steep section leading inland. A playground, naturalist cabin and several covered picnic areas–as well as restroom facilities–may slow you down through this section, especially if you’ve got children in tow. Along the road, but staying south of the campground area, the route turns right at the Poplar Grove picnic shelter to rejoin the trail. The last mile heads south, dipping into a streambed and crossing the park road a final time before descending a small hill toward the trailhead and parking area.
To make a day of this trip, bring a few fishing rods for a post-hike crappie and bass bonanza, or drive toward the Lake’s northeastern shore for a swim.
-Mapped by Swati Gunale