Parks and Nature Reserves

Parks and Nature Reserves

If you’re looking for a beautiful backdrop for a hike or a place to fish and camp, the parks and nature reserves in southern Indiana have everything you need!

The historic Corydon area has a lot to offer, namely the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park, which memorializes the only battle of the Civil War fought on Indiana soil. Corydon is also home to the O’bannon Woods State Park, a 26,000 acre park that borders the Ohio River. We pride ourselves in southern Indiana on having one of the best experiences of the great outdoors!

The Hayswood Nature Reserve is another great place to relax and enjoy a family picnic under one of the covered picnic areas or do a little fishing from the pier. The cool breeze coming off the lake makes this area a fun and peaceful area to visit any time of year!

We are proud of our parks and nature reserves in southern Indiana and would love to share them with you!

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Battle of Corydon Historic Site

Corydon, IN 47112

Site of the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil.

Bicentennial Park

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Convenient picnic spot in Historic Downtown Corydon.

Buffalo Trace Campground

Buffalo Trace Park

Palmyra, IN 47164

Buffalo Trace Park includes a 30-acre lake with a beach, fishing, camping, and more.

Hayswood Nature Reserve

Corydon, IN 47112

311 acres of natural scenery steps from downtown Corydon.

Indian Creek Walking Trail

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Paved walking trail accessible from downtown Corydon.


O’Bannon Woods State Park

Corydon, IN 47112

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping on the Ohio River.

Rice Island

Rice Island

Corydon, IN 47112

Corydon’s newest park opened in 2021 and is a short distance from downtown’s shops and restaurants. Surrounded on all sides by a creek, this is a picturesque stop to have a picnic lunch, play on some unique playground equipment, and enjoy the creek’s wildlife, like the local blue herons.

South Harrison Park

Laconia, IN 47135

Camping, a pool, observatory, hiking, sports facilites, and more.


Walter Q. Gresham Park

Lanesville, IN 47136

One of Harrison County’s beautiful parks with playgrounds and a shelter house.

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