Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 7, 2013

McCloud prairie maze opens Sept. 14


CNHI

NORTH SALEM — NORTH SALEM — Exploring the prairie maze at McCloud Nature Park has become a favorite fall tradition for many families in Hendricks County.

Sprawled across nearly 40 acres of prairie, the 2013 maze will test your wayfinding skills and provide fun for all ages. Admission is free.

Each year the prairie maze takes on a new theme with a unique design. This year, maze adventurers will tackle “The Wolf of McCloud.” The design takes maze-seekers through twists and turns, all the while surrounded by thick prairie plantings, some of which can reach 8 feet tall.

The prairie maze is suitable for all ages, although responsible, mature maze explorers must accompany small children. There are no spooky surprises along the way.

The prairie maze, like the park, is open during daylight hours from Sept. 14 through Oct. 31. A prairie maze visit can be combined with one of Hendricks County Parks & Recreation’s Saturday programs. A full list of programs and events can be found on the Hendricks County Parks’ website at www.HendricksCountyParks.org.

In addition to the prairie maze, McCloud Nature Park has interactive exhibits and a bird-viewing area in the nature center. There also are family-friendly hiking trails, a historic bridge that overlooks the north side of the park and provides panoramic views and opportunities to listen to the rippling waters of Big Walnut Creek. McCloud has been voted one of the top 10 venues in the state of Indiana for viewing fall foliage.