Hancock County is known for many things: great schools, the innovative Hancock Health System, passionate local farmers, growing businesses and access to beautiful green space, trails and parks. As a large community made up of many smaller communities and towns, these parks and trail systems are an accessible way to feel a connection to each other and the beautiful land we call home.
Hiking or biking on a trail is a great way to spend time together with family and friends. Physical exercise, which is great for your cardiovascular system, weight management and ability to tackle stress, is a huge reason many go for daily walks along the trails in Hancock County. These green spaces, however, are also wonderful for mental and emotional health as well, providing a connection with nature as well as each other.
Next time you want to get out for a scenic hike and immerse yourself in the beauty of Indiana, check out one of these great Hancock County trails:
Both Greenfield and Cumberland have their own trail, but a nonprofit organization is trying to connect the two to create an even longer route. They are currently building the trails, but while you wait, make sure to take advantage of these scenic, historic routes in Greenfield and Cumberland. In fact, you can even enjoy a yearly art festival along Pennsy Trail in Greenfield. With easy parking and a length that is accessible to most, it’s no wonder Pennsy Trail has become a popular spot for bikers, walkers and joggers.
With a shorter, 0.95-mile paved trail as well as access to grassy ones, this quaint park makes it easy to experience the beauty of nature. Enjoy the pond, fishing pier and observation deck during the warmer months of the year.
Thornwood Nature Preserve
With 40 acres of woodlands and five walking trails, this is a great place to bring the family on a weekend outing. During the warmer months, you can even take advantage of the two creeks running through the property, which provide ample room for creek stomping, crawfish hunting or just listening to the soothing sound of running water.
Henry B. Wilson Park
With 14 acres of land and a shorter trail perfect for walking or mountain biking, this park is a superb destination for a daily dose of nature.
Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve
This park, located in New Palestine, is small but fun for kids because the trail isn’t paved. Who doesn’t love wearing rain boots when it’s a little muddy and searching for perfect puddles? Or ambling through a winter wonderland in freshly fallen snow?
Getting outside, no matter the season, and setting foot on a trail is a great way to maintain physical and mental health. If you bring a friend or family member along, you get bonus points for creating chances for socializing and relationships to blossom. Whether you’re a trail runner or you just enjoy taking the dog for a stroll in the morning, Hancock County has plenty of opportunities to connect with the beautiful land we call home.