Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 as a refuge to provide resting and feeding areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations. The refuge includes 7,724 acres near Seymour, and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington. The refuge mission is to restore, preserve, and manage a mix of forest, wetland, and grassland habitat for fish, wildlife, and people. More than 280 species of birds have been seen at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is recognized as a
Jessi D. on Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Worked there during High School clearing trails so I've hiked this place numerous times. Still one of my favorite places!
Really great place! The trails are rudimentary in certain spots and can be difficult to navigate. But for rock climbing its fantastic. If you live in central Indiana its seemingly one of the only outdoor locations to get your hands on some real rock. The walls are great and there are some really advanced climbs that will surely test you abilities. Check it out if you are getting tired of driving vast distances to a gym.
The long loop trails are now closed but the park still has 5 separate 0.5-1mile trails that wind through a variety of habitats - grassy, marshy, wooded and ponds. They are crushed gravel trails which are noisy but easy to follow. There is very little elevation change throughout the park. The wildlife is abundant - deer, snapping turtles, birds, otter and wildfowl.