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Nature preserves, lakes, trails, caves, and more.

While there's an abundance of adventure to be had in the city, Bloomington's nature offerings provide a different sort of wanderlust fulfillment that's just as worthy of your attention.

Become a water bug for the day at Monroe Lake — rent a pontoon and laze under the sun, paddle around the perimeter of the lake in a kayak, or dip your toes in at the beach. Cast your fishing line from the shores of Griffy Lake, or see what you can catch as you float along in a canoe.

Lace up your hiking boots and venture the rolling hills & abundance of trails at Morgan-Monroe State Forest and Yellowwood State Forest. If mountain biking is more your speed, head out to Wapehani Mountain Bike Park to tear up some dirt on two wheels. For a more challenging & thrilling ride, try some of the rugged trails at the Hoosier National Forest.

Take the family to any of our fantastic outdoor parks for a day full of fun. Bryan Park is a favorite during the summer months due to its outdoor pool & waterslides, and the fully-accessible playground at Lower Cascades Park is a must for every child.

Regardless of the outdoor adventure you choose, Bloomington's natural beauty is sure to impress and leave you coming back for more.
 

Immerse Yourself in Bloomington's Nature