Community Parks

Mini Park
Address:  44 South Gum Street, North Vernon
This little gem is located right off of Walnut street near the heart of downtown.   One of the smaller parks in the area that has basketball courts, playground and picnic area.  Known mostly by the locals, this park is a perfect place for your kids to play a pick up game of basketball while you and your hubby take the newly constructed ramp to enjoy a relaxing walk on Muscatatuck Trail.  Parking is also available for those who just want a quick low key place to park to jump on the trail for your nightly run or walk. 
Phone: 812.346.9371  |  Email: CSpeer@nvpr.org
Trail: Running/Walking Trail - Asphalt; Distance 1 mile
Basketball Courts, Playground, Parking Available



City Park
Address: 604 North State Street, North Vernon
Boasting 29 acres of play, this area is one of the most active parks in the area.  Whatever your outdoor activity needs are, this place is suited for all of your family desires.  Home of the newly constructed city pool and splash park set to open in the spring of 2020.  This park also features a quad plex baseball facility, tennis courts, softball fields, 3 playground areas, skate park and a paved trail that surrounds the park.  This place is also home to park league softball, baseball and soccer.  Looking for that perfect spot for your family reunion?  There are several shelters houses available for rent.  To schedule your new baseball tournament or to rent one of our shelter houses, click here.
Map of Park
Phone: 812.346.9371  |  Email: CSpeer@nvpr.org
Trails: Walking/Running Trails - Paved & Limestone; Distance @ .8 mile
Swimming, Sports, Playground, Restrooms, Shelter Houses, Parking Available



Tripton Park
Address: 502 South Madison, North Vernon
Our newest and most anticipated park in the community that has over +52 1/2 acres of non stop rolling grass and nature.  Bring your picnic basket and family and plan to spend hours at this place.  Designed for exercise buffs, nature enthusiasts, music lovers and families this is a park that you don't want to miss.  Parking available next to Grateful Grub.  Click here for more detail.
Map of Park (coming soon) 
Phone: 812.346.9371  |  Email: CSpeer@nvpr.org
Trails: Walking/Running/Bike -Asphalt; Distance @ 2.3 miles
Playground, Pavilions, Corn Hole, Outdoor Amphitheater, Restrooms, Bocce Ball, Fitness Equipment, Fishing

Muscatatuck Park
Address: 325 North State Highway 3, North Vernon
Looking for that perfect weekend get away surrounded by nature?  The natural beauty of this park make this park a one of a kind.  Limestone bluffs, scenic overlooks, rolling wooded forestry all nestled along side the Muscatatuck River can be enjoyed through hiking, biking, walking, running trails, fishing, rock climbing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, swimming in the river, picnic in the numerous shelter house, playground and sand volleyball.  The park is also home to the nationally known event, Tame the Terrain. 
Website:  www.muscatatuckpark.com
Email: reservationsmp.jcpr@frontier.com
Phone: 812-346-2953  |  Fax: 812-352-3032
Trails: Walking, Biking, Running; Wooded
Swimming, Camping, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Rock Climbing and Parking Available

Eco Park
Address: SR7 at County Road 925, North Vernon
A 127 acre recreational facility that is still becoming all that this park is meant to be.  Current activities include fishing, hiking, picnicking, approx. 3 mile trail aligning the perimeter of the facility.  Base field, volleyball court, basketball court, lake shore fishing spots, IDNR public access site has concrete boat ramp. One shelter first come first serve, newer 2018 playground complex, with older individual pieces in general area. There are currently no restrooms at this park.
Website:  www.muscatatuckpark.com
Phone: 812.346.2953  |  Fax 812-346-3032
Trails:  Walking/Running; natural/wooded
Fishing, Hiking, Parking Available

Selmier National Forestry

Address: 2900 North 90 East,  North Vernon
A 355 acre state forestay that was is one of the most peaceful places to be.  This state forest has a variety of tree species that include pine black locust, black walnut, sycamore and tulip trees.  A 3.7 mile hiking trail, fishing, hunting and self-guided forest management trail are available in the park to help you take in and enjoy the fresh air and nature.  Hunting for whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, and raccoon are allowed with a valid hunting license. There are no public restrooms available in the park.   Located right across from the St. Annes Golf Course.
Website:  https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4818.htm
Phone: 812-346-2286; Email: RMcGriff@dnr.IN.gov
Trails: 3..7 miles Walking/Running; Wooded
Fishing, Hunting, Self Guided Trail, Parking Available at Entrance


Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area
Address: 2010 South State Road 3,  North Vernon
A whopping 4,228 acres of rolling hills bordering the Muscatatuck River.  This is place is the best spot for nature enthusiast who enjoy outdoor activities that are not readily available in most parks. Boasting 80 acres of wooded land and 13 ponds that range in size from 2 - 14 acres each and about 3.5 miles of the Muscatatuck River means there is plenty of room for all your fishing needs.  Shoreline fishing and boats are allowed on lakes and ponds.  Deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock and waterfowl are valid for licensed hunters.  Target Ranges are available for rifle, shotgun and archery.   Hiking is permitted although there are no marked trails.  Mushrooms, berries and nuts may be gathered but no plants, animals, rocks or fossils are allowed.  Wildlife watching is highly recommended here.  Please refer to the website for specific rules and regulations for each activity.
Web site:  www.wildlife.IN.gov
Phone: 812-346-5596 |  Email:
Trails: No
Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Running, Walking, Parking Available

Cali Nature Preserves
Address:  1200 North Private Road 40 East, North Vernon, IN 47265
With the highest possible rating of 5.0 on Trip Advisor, this park has been labeled "A Hidden Gem."  This nature preserve is more than scenery, it also boast one of the best trail systems in our region.  Want to be in on a secret that only locals know about?  The most elaborate and breath taking surprise in this place is our blue bells.  During blooming season our blue bells could be an event all on their own and make a great Histogram shot.  Don't just go by the the ravings of all the online reviews, plan your trip & come see for yourself.  
Images of Park | Map of Trail
Phone: 812.346.5553  |  Email: jlarson@dnr.in.gov
Trail: Running/Walking Trail - Natural
Parking is Available



Muscatatuck Refuge
Address:  325 North State Highway 3, North Vernon, IN 47265
There are opportunities for hunting turkey, deer, rabbit, and squirrel at Muscatatuck NWR. Quail hunting is also permitted (contact the Refuge for more information before coming). Generally State regulations apply but there are some differences. Parts of the turkey and deer hunts are special permit only. Hunters should pick up, sign, and carry with them a current Refuge hunting leaflet. Fishing is also a popular event at the refuge with bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish are present in the fishing areas. Two large lakes and several ponds are open to fishing along with portions of the Muscatatuck River.  Discovery Pond (behind the Refuge Office), is open only to youth age 16 years and under.
Phone: 812.522.4352 |  Email: muscatatuck@fws.gov
Trails: Walking; Wooded/Natural
Fishing, Hunting, Driving, Wildlife & Bird Watching