Flatwoods Park Trail
Note: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Flatwoods Park is closed to the public until further notice. Please check the Monroe County Parks website for updates: https://www.co.monroe.in.us/department/?structureid=22.
Flatwoods Park is Monroe county’s largest county park. It’s just south of SR 46 between Elletsville and Spencer. It’s really flat! A strip of woods on the eastern side of the park is the setting for a trail that the HHC built in 2013. This wooded area contains osage orange and cedar trees, lots of wildflowers, and the headwaters of McCormick’s Creek. It’s a shady respite from the open environment of the rest of the park’s trails. Note that the trail will be very wet during the rainy times of the year, so you’ll need boots during those times.
To find the trail, take the path that leads south from shelter #3 and go to the second intersection that leads east. You’ll see a small footbridge down the trail, but the HHC trail begins shortly before the bridge. Follow the trail to the end at the southern boundary of the park. You can return on the parallel trail that follows the edge of the woods, or you can continue on to the west for an additional two mile hike around the park’s perimeter. Either of these routes will take you along the edges of the open field that makes up most of the park.
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