Indiana’s Ouabache State Park shaped by CCC & WPA

Site 49 at Indiana’s Ouabache State Park on Wabash River. (Julianne G. Crane)

Indiana’s Ouabache State Park (pronounced O-ba-chee) is perfect for active families and RVers.

It is one of the many public parks helped during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration programs of reforestation and land management.

Bring along your hiking shoes and bicycles because there are plenty of opportunities to exercise or simply stroll. Five hiking trails in the park range from an easy one-mile circle loop to a moderate six-mile trail. Called the Ouabache Trail, this moderate path begins at the wildlife exhibit and circles the entire park, using portions of all the park’s trails.

Shelter constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps.

This meandering path can be started and finished at any trail entrance. It goes through virtually all types of trees and terrain available in the park, including oak, hickory, pine and a woodland marsh. A couple of footbridges dot the way.

A 10-foot wide paved multi-use trail is accessible at the entrance gatehouse. It connects the park to a three-mile Rivergreenway Trail that follows the Wabsh River to the east edge of nearby Bluffton, Indiana.

Park facilities include an historical timber and stone building, constructed  by the CCC. Many groups hosts special gatherings there. It is available all year.

Ouabache State Park
4930 E. State Road 201
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 824-0926

Julianne G. Crane

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