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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Not Bad for a Tuesday: Outdoor Edition

Why wait for the weekend to come to Bloomington? There's always something to do, even on a Tuesday.

Rent a Kayak at Griffy Lake

With a developed trail system and picturesque lake within city limits, it is easy to see why Griffy Lake is a favorite of locals and visitors. If you want to spend some time in the great outdoors without having to go far, Griffy is the place. The boat rentals are affordable and available daily. Hop in and cruise the lake or just catch some rays.

 

Climb the Fire Tower

hard to find hikes

You may not think of hiking when you think of Indiana, but the hills here are no joke. One of the best places to hike is the Hoosier National Forest with over 68,000 acres to explore in the Monroe Lake area alone. There are miles of trails but one of the coolest things to do is climb the fire tower and take in the incredible view at the top. 

 

Go Mountain Biking 

Copy of Wapehani Mountain Bike

Wapehani Mountain Bike Park features nearly 5 miles of rolling single-track trails for mountain bike use and hiking on 46 acres of wooded and grassy parkland. These trails are intended for intermediate to advanced riders. If you don't have a mountain bike, check out the rental shops in the area. 

 

Sleep under the Stars

Copy of Camping in Deam Wilderness

Set up camp deep within the dense forest or near the wide-open waters of Monroe Lake. Immerse yourself in nature in Bloomington’s camping areas, with options for both primitive backcountry campsites and modern full RV hook-ups. You won't be far from town but deep in the forest, it'll feel like you're in for a true adventure.