Hayswood Nature Reserve is an amazing park for folks to enjoy located in Southern Indiana just south of Corydon on State Rd. 135. My family and I had passed it several times during our travels and decided to make a special trip to Hayswood Nature Reserve. To view the history of the park, reservation policy, and other information, please click here.
Why did we notice it in the first place? First of all it has an enormous playground that my kids were drooling over each time we had passed it. We found out on our visit that it IS an awesome playground with lots to climb on, slides, swings, and many other activities.
Secondly, there is a lot of room to run. Open, treeless, vast ground is wonderful for little and big feet to run, run, run! On the particular day we went, we brought kites and paper airplanes we made. It was a fabulous day for both. We also didn’t have to worry about either of them getting stuck in trees or power lines because of the large open areas. We also brought our ball gloves for some catch and played Frisbee for a while.
Picnics and parties are easily done at Hayswood Nature Reserve. There are plenty of tables and shelters to accommodate small and large groups. Reservations are recommended to be certain the area wanted is available on a certain day and time.
There is also a large fishing lake, which supplies plenty of room for fisherman. There is a covered dock and ample space on the bank (which is kept mowed) for people to spread out.
Finally there are two hiking trails available to enjoy. Our family didn’t venture out onto these during our visit, but we plan to embark on a hike the next time we go to Hayswood Nature Reserve.
Pets are allowed if they are on a leash, and owners are required to clean up after them if nature calls upon them while visiting.
The bathroom facilities are currently being updated at the time of this writing, so that will be a nice upgrade from the very old fashioned outhouses that are currently there.
Hayswood Nature Reserve is a beautiful park to be enjoyed throughout the year. Lots of wide open, green spaces encourage kids and adults to enjoy the outdoors. In the fall, the leaves on the trees will be spectacular and worthy of many photo memories. In the winter, it can still be a nice escape to nature and enjoy its beauty.