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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Fall at Battle of Corydon Park

Battle of Corydon Memorial Park

Corydon, IN 47112

Commemorating the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil. The log cabin has been restored and is open Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 during the summer season.

Bicentennial Park

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Within the park you will encounter many features that encapsulate a story distinct to Indiana or Corydon.


Buffalo Trace Park

Palmyra, IN 47164

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


Hayswood Nature Reserve

Corydon, IN 47112

Hayswood Nature Reserve features 311 acres of Harrison County.

Noes rest park

Noe’s Rest Park

Elizabeth, IN 47117

This 3 acre park was donated to the Harrison County Parks Department in 1975.

O’Bannon Woods State Park

Corydon, IN 47112

The O’Bannon Woods State Park lies in the central and extreme southern part of the state, bordering the Ohio River. The forest contains approximately 26,000 acres to hike and fish including the Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area.


South Harrison Park

Laconia, IN 47135

South Harrison Park includes an Olympic size pool, picnic areas, hiking, etc.


Walter Q. Gresham Park

Lanesville, IN 47136

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

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