State Parks will open for daily use

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Indiana State Parks remain open for day use only with entrance fees temporarily suspended.

When visiting, bring and use hand sanitizer, bring your own drinking water, practice social distancing and if you or someone in your household doesn’t feel well, stay home.

Read more information about the response of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and stay abreast of any system-wide updates and changes, at

Open state park facilities:

•Trails (foot traffic only)
•Paved trails for hiking and biking
•Limited non-modern restroom facilities (vault and/or portable toilets)
•Picnic areas (practice social distancing, bring table coverings) -- no shelter use (open air or enclosed) allowed
•Boat ramps (where available)
•Archery ranges (where available)
•Marinas (where available)

*Some high impact and high adventure trails are closed where social distancing is difficult due to trail width and bridges, or safety and rescue concerns are significant possibilities. These will be signed at properties and posted on our property advisories page at

Closed state park facilities:

•All campgrounds (modern, primitive, equestrian, rent-a-camp, group camps, rally camps)
•Campground comfort stations and all other modern restrooms
•Equestrian and off-road cycling use of trails
•Drinking fountains
•Property offices
•Entrance gates and campground gates
•Nature/education centers and all in-person public and group programs
•Shelter houses
•Group/rally camps and recreation buildings
•Cabins (family and rent-a-camp)
•State Park Inns, restaurants, pools and the aquatic center at Abe Martin Lodge
•Fire towers
•Boat rentals
•Saddle barns
•Camp stores
•Gift shops
•Shooting ranges (where available)
•Fort Golf Course

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and DNR properties, visit

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  • Saw on TV that the Brown County commissioners don't really want visitors to their state park and local businesses while the virus is going around. Can't say as I blame them, park visitation doesn't exactly fit the shelter-in-place definition.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Tue, Apr 7, 2020, at 11:40 AM
  • People need exercise and fresh air. There’s no reason not to visit an outdoor park as long as you don’t sneeze on anyone.

    There’s also no reason to go shopping for gifts and trinkets while there. Keep the shops closed.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Tue, Apr 7, 2020, at 2:57 PM
  • One little detail about the Brown county commissioners and THEIR park. It is a STATE park. Not exactly theirs to decide.

    -- Posted by coy_john on Tue, Apr 7, 2020, at 8:53 PM
  • We may come to regret all this unnecessary co-mingling. True, it's not their state park. I think they wanted to limit visitors because they also visit the only grocery in Nashville, convenience stores, etc. And you don't have to go to a state park to exercise.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, Apr 8, 2020, at 11:39 AM
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