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Monday, March 15, 2021

Bloomington's Best Hammocking Spots

Categories: Outdoors

The sun is shining, the pollen count is peaking, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming. Now that spring is here, it's time to head outdoors and appreciate nature from the comfort of your own hammock. If you're looking for somewhere new to post up and hang out, you'll love these relaxing spots around Bloomington.


Campus River

jordan river

There's nothing better than listening to the flowing river as you begin your afternoon siesta at the Campus River. You might get a little wet attempting to hang your hammock up, but the atmosphere is worth it. Photo credit: @alex3mmyers


Monroe Lake

monroe lake hammock

Sunrise or sunset: the view from your hammock anywhere around Monroe Lake is unrivaled. Photo credit: @the_sarahbellum 


IU Tailgating Fields   

tailgate fields hammock

Believe it or not, there is more than one use for these fields. Although we don't recommend tailgating and hammocking at the same time, this is a quiet spot to study or get away from the other crowded spots on campus. Photo credit: @paigehoffeditz 


Dunn Meadow

dunn woods hammock

Dunn Meadow is one of those perfect pre/post-class hammocking spots. Arrive 15-30 minutes early, throw up the hammy, and relax before your chem lecture. Photo credit: @officialIMU


Hoosier National Forest

yellowood state forest hammock

We are very lucky to be surrounded by many different forests and parks within a short drive from Bloomington. If you are looking for a change of scenery, grab some friends, make the brief trip to Hoosier National Forest, and take in the stunning foliage. Photo credit: @maddyvonderohe


Cox Arboretum 

arboretum hammock

Check out a book from the nearby Wells Library and take your studying outside to the Cox Arboretum. Learning about microeconomics while hanging from a tree is much more enjoyable than in the Stacks. Photo credit: @hermanbwells


Morgan-Monroe State Forest 

morgan monroe hammock

This state forest often gets overshadowed by nearby Yellowwood State Forest and Lake Lemon, but it provides plenty of hiking trails and ample hammocking spots. Lace-up the hiking boots and explore some of the beauty Morgan-Monroe State Forest has to offer and then reward yourself with a relaxing hang-out afterward. Photo credit: @maddyvonderohe


Griffy Lake 

hammy 2

Griffy Lake offers plenty of spots to set up multiple hammocks, a picturesque view of the lake from tons of different angles, and is within close proximity to campus. Bring some snacks, put on your chill vibes playlist, and spend an entire afternoon here appreciating the beauty of good ole Bloomington. Photo credit: @imsrymissjackson

Don't have a hammock yet? Visit J.L. Waters on the downtown square to find the perfect color and style of your new favorite outdoor accessory.  


Visit Bloomington Intern

Visit Bloomington Intern

Each semester, Visit Bloomington has Indiana University students on staff as information specialists and, often, an intern. These students are usually, but not always, studying tourism and often have something to say about B-town from the student perspective.