McCloud Nature Park to open prairie maze on Saturday

Friday, September 13, 2013

NORTH SALEM -- McCloud Nature Park will be opening its fall prairie maze, which is sprawled across nearly 40 acres, on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Each year the prairie maze takes on a new theme with a unique design. This year, maze adventurers will tackle "The Wolf of McCloud."

The design takes maze seekers through twists and turns, all the while surrounded by thick prairie plantings, some of which can reach eight feet tall.

The prairie maze is suitable for all ages, although responsible, mature maze explorers must accompany small children. Rest assured, there are no spooky surprises along the way.

The prairie maze, like the park, is open during daylight hours from Sept. 14 through Oct. 31.

In addition to the prairie maze, McCloud Nature Park has something for everyone, including interactive exhibits or a bird-viewing area or the resplendent fall colors of oaks, walnuts, maples and more.

If quiet contemplation is more your thing, the historic bridge and the overlooks on the north side of the park provide panoramic views and opportunities to listen to the rippling waters of the Big Walnut Creek.

McCloud Nature Park is operated by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation and is located five minutes south of North Salem at 8518 N. Hughes Rd. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily.

The Nature Center's hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

For more information on McCloud programs, persons may call the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation main office at 317-718-6188 or visit the website at

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