DNR Properties Remain Open, With Some Changes

If you choose to visit a DNR property, remember to practice safe habits during this national health emergency.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reminding communities that outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking on paved trails, boating, fishing, birding, and geocaching remains open. With that, entrance-gate admission at properties that normally charge admission are temporarily being waived.

New restrictions on camping and some trail uses were put in effect this week:

  • Campgrounds on all DNR properties are closed through April 20.
  • Bicycling on unpaved trails and all horseback riding has been suspended at all DNR properties.

Some high impact and high adventure trails at Indiana State Parks have now been closed for safety purposes. These trail closures include most of the hiking trails at Turkey Run, Shades and Clifty Falls, and about half of the hiking trails at O’Bannon Woods.

“With approximately 600 miles of trails across our 32 properties, there are still plenty of places to go for a walk,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for the Division of State Parks.

Guests visiting DNR properties should be prepared for restroom use to be limited, and for all campground comfort stations and modern restrooms to be closed.

State park staff will monitor gate entry and parking lots to help ensure that guests can have a healthy and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Visitors should remember the following:

  • Practice social distancing at all times, particularly, as you hike, picnic or use boat ramps. Keep a minimum of 6 feet from other individuals you encounter, for your safety and theirs.
  • Keep your group size small – fewer than 10 individuals is ideal.
  • Restrooms are limited; all modern restrooms and most vault toilets are closed.
  • Bring your own drinking water and hand sanitizer.
  • If you picnic, bring and use a covering for your picnic table and take it with you when you leave.
  • If a parking lot is full, move to another location.
  • If you feel sick or are running a temperature, plan a visit for a different day for the safety of other guests.

A complete status list for facilities and services at DNR properties can be found at on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.

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