Whitewater Memorial State Park

Whitewater Memorial State Park includes two reservoirs; associated aquatic activities get most of the attention. However, threare also trails. There is an entrance fee.



Trail 4 is the best of the lot; itís an out-and-back of approximately three miles that heads toward, and then shadows, the western edge of Whitewater Lake. In the process, it traverses part of the Hornbeam Nature Preserve.

Trail 4

American hornbeam and eastern hop-hornbeam (ironwood) trees, both members of the birch family, are abundant inside the preserve; the woods beyond the preserve boundaries are less exceptional.

Alas, the propensity of sound to carry well over water can be very evident here. If the beach on the far side of the lake is busy, and the wind is from the east, you can expect lots of noise. You may have better luck early in the morning or just before dark, or during the cooler months. The trail ends at an observation platform set back somewhat from the lake.


Union County. From the intersection of US 27 and IN 101 in downtown Liberty, to south 1.7 miles on IN 101 to the park entrance on the right.

North 39 36.715 West 84 56.521

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Campground, showers, seasonal bathhouse and nature center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Hayes Arboretum
Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve


Goll: Indiana State Parks; Page 243
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 91
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 229
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 46