Whitewater Memorial State Park
Experience Whitewater Memorial State Park
Outside of tiny Liberty, Indiana lies Whitewater Memorial State Park along with the Hornbeam Nature Preserve and adjacent Brookville Reservoir. The park offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming.
Learn more about this park and enjoy some photos from around the area on this page.
About Whitewater Memorial State Park
The park was established in 1949. It's located just a mile or two south west of Liberty, Indiana on highway 101, not far from the Indiana/Ohio state line. The park is composed of 1,710 acres of land and 200 acre Whitewater Lake. The lake offers canoe, rowboat and paddle-boat rentals but boats are restricted to trolling-motor use only. There is also access to Brookville Lake however from March 1 through October 1. Fishing is allowed and Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Redear, and Channel Catfish are common. Swimming is allowed on the small beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
There are guided trail rides available as well as a nine mile bridle trail that generally follows the perimeter of the the park. There are plenty of camping sites and cabins which you can reserve online here.
The Hiking Trails
There are approximately 8.5 miles of hiking trails at Whitewater Memorial State Park. Most of the trails offer a dirt or grass covered surface and easy to moderately rugged terrain; level with moderate inclines but good footing. I found all of the trails to be adequately marked and the map accurate. You can find a park map here.
Trail 1 is 2.5 miles long and offers a pleasant woodland walk with an occasional view of Whitewate Lake at the trails western edge. It can be picked up near the Naturalist Cabin or a number of other areas. Trail 2 is the Cattail trail. It's only a mile in length and runs along the northern end of Whitewater Lake for nearly half it's distance. Cattails can be viewed only by cutting through the brush or visiting when trees and other plants have shed their leaves. (I've pictured it below, by crouching below some tree limbs at the water's edge.) This trail can be picked up near the beach bathhouse on it's southern end or near the campground at it's north eastern end.
I think Trail 3 is one of the more interesting hikes at the park. It's known as the Red Springs Trail and is 1.2 miles long. It picks up on either side of the roadway just on the southwest side of the Whitewater Lake Dam. On the south side of the road, the trail is a bit rugged with small but significant inclines. Hikers will pass the "circumneutral seep springs" along the route. The water that seeps up from the ground is present year round, and is rather striking because it dyes the area red due to the naturally occurring iron and minerals present. A glimpse of it is pictured on the right.
Once the trail loops around and crosses the road, the trail becomes just a pleasant stroll through a wooded area adjacent to the road, as it passes through a portion of Hornbeam Nature Preserve and the southern tip of Whitewater Lake.
Trail 4 is known as the Lakeshore trail and is 2.7 miles long. It runs along the western shore of Whitewater Lake, and a portion of the Hornbeam Nature Preserve. It offers some nice views of the water.
The 2 mile long Veterans Vista trail, or Trail 5, is another loop trail which lies at the western most portion of Whitewater State Park. Much of it winds along the eastern border of Brookville Reservoir and it connects to the Family Cabin area.