Where to Go for National Take a Hike Day

National Take a Hike Day

Where to Go for National Take a Hike Day 

Celebrate by getting out and giving back! Plus 4 hike recommendations. 


National Take a Hike Day is on Nov. 17! Whether you’re an avid hiker or you prefer a casual stroll, National Take a Hike Day is a day for everyone to enjoy time outdoors on your feet. Oftentimes, you think of hiking only happening in faraway places but Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is home to miles of trails throughout all sorts of terrain across the city.  


Why do you hike?  

Here are our park recommendations based on your interest! 

Wildlife + Bird Watching

The trails through Central Park are great for spotting birds and other wildlife. Make sure to bring binoculars and your camera to capture all the awesome things you see! In general, getting out and hiking is a great way to connect with nature. 

National Take a Hike Day


Getting a workout in on a trail can be very rewarding. You get to be outside and breathe fresh air all while exercising. Hazel Landing Park is a great spot for a nice hike through the woods. You’ll even get some nice views of the White River along the way! 


Some people go on hikes for fishing, photography or views. One park that has all and more is Meadowlark Park! This park is tucked away and sometimes people don’t realize that if they follow the trail through the woods it wraps around a large pond! 


If you’re headed out on a hike to connect with friends or family, consider the Monon Greenway. It’s the perfect place to meet up and socially connect while maintaining social distance.  


No matter why you get out and hike, you’ll reap the benefits!  

  • Lower stress levels.
  • Increased coordination. 
  • Enhanced relationships.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Improved mood.
  • Appreciation for nature. 

We hope to see you out and about on our trails this Nov. 17. 


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