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A part of the Brookville Lake-Whitewater Memorial State Park Complex, Whitewater Memorial State Park is a great family getaway because of its 200-acre Whitewater Lake, access to Brookville Reservoir, and other recreational facilities. Shoreline hiking, flat-water boating, swimming, fishing and camping opportunities are abundant around the man-made lake. The access to Brookville Reservoir provides many opportunities for seeing migrating flocks of birds. Whitewater Memorial State Park boasts 9 miles of horseback riding trails with access both for day users and from the horsemens campground. The saddle barn concessionaire offers hayrides, guided trail rides, and sleigh rides, weather permitting. The land for the park was originally purchased by the surrounding counties of Union, Fayette, Franklin and Wayne as a memorial to the men and women who served in World War II. It became the 16th park in the Indiana State Park system in 1949.

trail running
11 days ago

The assessment of this trail contains some inaccurate information as of today's visit. The chief discrepancy is that most of the recommended loop is on the park's bridle trail, which includes a creek crossing and all of the significant mud that accompanies horse trails. When I mentioned to the Ranger on Duty that I planned to trail run the Bridle Trail, she said that that was firmly not permitted. Being intrepid, I decided to run the loop anyway, thinking that if two other people had done it it must be okay. Based on the traffic I encountered and the general response to seeing me on the trail, I wouldn't recommend using it for any of the activities tagged above. It does look like a lovely Bridle Trail, though! My suggestion is that this trail should be tagged only as a Bridle Trail and not as a trailrunning, backpacking, or hiking trail.

hiking
2 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice shorter trail. Red Springs are pretty cool. Kid friendly.

on Lakeshore Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike along the western lakeshore. Would say this is an Easy + difficulty rating. It appears you may be able to continue around the north tip of the lake by taking a left before the stairs to the observation deck. We did this hike while the trees were still bare but it must be much more beautiful once everything is in bloom.

Just a tip...the trail entrance is a wide, mowed path that heads north from the center of the parking lot. Take the path off to the right once on the mowed path. Going straight takes you to the latrines.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

An easy walker. Slightly overgrown with vegetation in a few areas. I was slightly disappointed in the overlook. The view is obstructed by trees and brush; overall a nice trail.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

on Lakeshore Trail

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

Another nice hike at Whitewater Memorial State Park. 57 steps at the observation deck at the end of the trail. Trail head is at the Nature Preserve parking lot.

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

Very nice hike.

on Red Springs Trail

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

Nice trail. Red Springs are cool! Park at Nature Preserve parking lot. Recommend going counter-clockwise to complete loop.

hiking
Monday, March 11, 2013

We hiked this last fall. We parked at the boathouse and walked to the campgrounds and back. Found some empty snake eggs and lots of buzzards on this trip.

hiking
Monday, March 11, 2013

We hiked this trail last fall. We liked that it showed a lot of the park as it is one of the central most trails.

hiking
Monday, March 11, 2013

We hiked this trail last fall. We liked the variety of trees and lake views throughout the hike. We camped in the family cabins and did this one early in the day. There is a small loop at the beginning, so we went on one part of the loop going and came out another just to see the entire trail.

hiking
Sunday, March 10, 2013

We hiked almost everyone of these trails. There was only one loop that we didn't get to due to rain on the last day and we had planned the hike for that time. We stayed in one of the cabins and hiked in the morning and evening with our 3 children. My youngest was nearly 4 yo at the time and she kept up very well. Don't miss all the steps down and back up at the dam.