Nature Park Entrance Marker
Nature Park Trail Guide
The long (1.45 miles) connector trails take visitors from the athletic
fields on the west side of DePauw's main campus to the entrance to the
Nature Park. These trails are relatively level.
This 1.5-mile trail is level for most of its length, which runs along
the floodplain next to Big Walnut Creek. Spring wildflowers are often
seen along this trail. Mosquitoes may be common at times.
This level 0.92-mile trail takes visitors to the south side of the quarry
pond and through the floor of the former quarry. Look for fossils in the
exposed rocks at the south end of this trail.
Traversing the entire circumference of the quarry, this 2.13-mile trail
offers spectacular views of the quarry and surrounding areas from several
overlooks. Visitors should stay clear of the rim's edge because the rock
near the edge is unstable
The woodland trails are steep and total 2.92 miles. These trails take
the visitors through mid-successional deciduous forest, much of which
is growing on deposits from the quarrying operation.
The 0.92-mile rail trail follows the old rail line used to transport aggregate
from the quarry. The trail runs parallel to and above the creekside trail,
which it meets at its southwestern terminus.
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