Dobbs Nature Preserve

Dobbs Park offers a trail network centered around a small nature center whose positive qualities belie its humble external appearance. The shelter houses and fishing spots at Dobbs Pond hog most of the attention, while trail users are likely to be alone with the mosquitoes.


A wetland area lies east of the nature center, and the muddy and occasionally overgrown trail in this area offers a good chance of observing some wildlife. Most of the other trails are too close to the park boundary for my taste, as the backyards of houses press in close.


Head for the Self-Guided Trail, trail maps indicate that it passes through a small old growth forest. Trees in this area are indeed old and large, and the distance from Dobbs Pond and the park boundary should make your visit to this area relatively peaceful.


Vigo County. Indiana 42 ends at its intersection with IN 46, becoming Poplar. Continue west 0.3 miles on Poplar, before turning right into the entrance.

North 39 27.769 West 87 20.313
DeLorme 42:E5

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Water, bathrooms, nature center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Hawthorn Park


Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 94
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 406