Don’t just hide out in your house as the weather cools down. Get out there to beautiful trails like McVey Memorial Forest in Farmland, Indiana.
It’s a tucked away destination that really surprises. You may not believe that anything so great could be situated in the country and lack any sort of advertising about it, but there it is. We had a slight bit of trouble finding it, but wow, was it ever worth it!
McVey Memorial Forest in Farmland, Indiana
We tend to pack of lot of things to do in a day whenever we visit a small town. We never know what to expect! I wish I could say that I had already learned my lesson about bringing along an extra pair of shoes when we travel but, alas, that was a lesson to be learned later.
Still, even wearing inappropriate footwear wasn’t a problem with the large expanse of well-groomed trail.
Tidy and much, much bigger than we first thought, this Randolph County trail was quite a nice trek through a wooded and flower-filled area. It was stunning. We were surrounded by nature once we hit the trail proper.
What to Bring to McVey Memorial Forest
When you pull up to the trail, you will immediately notice a nice covered picnic area. This would make superb spot for family outings. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the quiet.
If you have a smartphone, this would be the perfect moment to take advantage of ample free time and do a little geocaching. If you have never been a part of a hunt for a geocache, well, there’s no better time like the present.
A geocache is a small object that’s hidden away. Your task is to use the GPS on your phone, and the clues, and try to find it. It’s free to play and so much fun.
When you find a cache, write your username on the paper along with the date. Take and leave a small toy, coin, or other trinket in the case, box, pouch, or whatever the container is, for the next person to come along. We could not find the geocache in the covered picnic area. Where in the world was that one hiding? The other people there must have thought we were a little nutty.
They never did ask if we needed help looking for something. They must have felt like they should just stay away!
The Trails at McVey Memorial Park
If mosquitoes love you, like they love the rest of the members of my family, bring bug spray. Lucky for me, my body temperature is naturally a little lower. I think that’s the difference in why they leave me alone while attacking the boys with a vengeance. You should also carry along water. I don’t remember seeing any water fountains here. Bring a reusable thermos of water. You aren’t still drinking out of bottles, are you?
Wear sneakers, of course. Like I mentioned above, this is a very well-kept trail but, if you want to cross the bridge when you come to it (ha), then you will need to wear something a better than khaki shorts and flip flops! We did not plan ahead at all.
But, that’s the way it goes when you really dig in and explore a small Indiana town. Sometimes, you learn about something you didn’t even know was there. That’s why it is always so important to speak to the locals. It might take a little coaxing, but they usually come up with something!
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Geocaching, awesome trail, and a covered picnic area–at McVey Memorial Forest in Farmland, you can have your walk and picnic, too.
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