Maple Avenue Nature Park, Terre Haute, Indiana

No, this isn’t some challenging hike through canyons. It’s a pleasant, relaxing walk around a lake across from an elementary school and only a few blocks from Collett Park.

Oddly, this was once the site of a nursing home. After what seemed like annual flooding, the nursing home finally closed. Eventually the property changed hands and it became a Terre Haute city park.

Lake from the north

The main focus today is the approximately 15 acre lake that’s stocked by the Indiana DNR. There is easy access to the lake as a wide concrete walking trail winds around it and a boat ramp is near entrance on Maple Avenue.   The walking trail is a little more than a half mile around the lake.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a boat on the lake but I have seen kayaks. Most people fish from the shore though. There’s numerous covered picnic tables that dot the park with most next to the lake. It’s easy to drop a line in the lake and eat a picnic.

Just don’t swim in the lake though. It’s for fishing and boating.

Terre Haute definitely does this part right. Most of the city parks have newer playground equipment.

You’re supposed to take the books not the whole library.

The Little Library has returned

Bike Park

Spring 2021, a small bike course was added to the Maple Avenue Nature Park. The course features small hills with gravel paths.

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