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Hayes Arboretum
Reviewed 5 March 2014

The most peaceful place in town! A wonderful place to walk, hike, or run. New mountain bike trails! The back woods is a great place to see deer, turkeys, and blue birds. Every season at Hayes Arb is wonderful.

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Hayes is a wonderful place to visit and while walking the paths you'll temporally forget where you are. You even come across a beautiful old house. There's even a cabin you can rent there. There are a lot of paths so you can spend a lot of time there. This is a must visit on a nice warm day!

Thank dena b
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Be jealous, Bill Bryson! This is a large wooded reserve (300 acres +/-) within the city limits. There are a variety of short hiking trails and a free (donation suggested) Auto Tour. Doing a trail or two and looking over the Nature Center exhibits is really worthwhile.

Thank IndySwimRun
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

There are few places that keep wildlife separate from the world but this is one that allows the public some up close and personal time, too.

They have 3 hiking trails, all about 1 mile in length, along with a biking trail, and the car tour. The car tour is $3.00, which isn't bad since you're helping to support a small sanctuary.

The driveway from Elks Road takes you to the Nature Center. They have classes concerning plants, animals, and birds. They also have an observation room with an outdoor feeder where you can sit and watch animals and birds.

Just outside the front (west) entrance of the Nature Center, there is the start of the car tour. If you've paid your $3.00, you'll receive a token to release the gate. Far back within the woods, along Hayes Arboretum Road, you'll see the archway for the never built Morton High School, a symbol of better times for this area.

The hiking trails take you through the hills, across the streams and springs, and through at least 200 spider webs. I'm sure I'll be cleaning them off through next Tuesday.

The place has a lot to offer and the naturalists have some great knowledge they'd love to share. In fact, education is a great service they provide. I can recall taking various classes on summer mornings and walking not only through the arboretum but other selected reserves, learning about life and living creatures. It's a great way to step ahead of your classmates in high school biology.

If you haven't been out there, take a visit. If you enjoy a drive through the woods, support them with your $3.00. It's a good diversion from the electronic world.

Thank bousozoku
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