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Opt Outside Black Friday

Get OutsideJennie Orr

Looking to get outside and avoid the shopping crowds on Black Friday? There are some wonderful free hiking opportunities being offered in our great state of Indiana! Besides, the sales have now expanded beyond Black Friday itself so you won’t even be missing any deals. Let’s take a look at some of the parks providing extra incentives to opt outside!

Eye of the dune

If you’re in the Northern part of the state, you head on over to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for some expert-led hikes. The good people at Save the Dunes will offer two hikes: one through the dunes at West Beach and one in Miller Woods. You can find more information about these hikes at the National Park Service website.

Snowy Brown County State Park, Trail 1

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is also offering free admission at all Indiana State Parks this Black Friday. So, no matter where the holiday takes you, you are close to a great hiking experience! You can also share your pictures with the Indiana DNR using #OptOutsideIN for a chance to win a 2019 state park pass as well as other prizes. Whether you’re near Pokagon or Clifty Falls, Turkey Run or Mounds, be sure to get outside and enjoy Indiana! You can find more information on the Opt Outside Black Friday events on the Indiana DNR website.

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If you’re not in Indiana this holiday or want to find hikes outside the state, you can go to the REI Opt Outside website to find great hiking opportunities near you! And for those of you who aren’t able to get out this Black Friday, you can always follow along with #optoutside on social media to enjoy the outdoors!

Take a hike with us...at Brown County State Park!

Get OutsideJennie Orr

When we aren’t working on Blue Aster products or commissions, we love to get outside and hike as much as possible. And we love sharing pictures of our hikes and nature finds both big and small! Follow along here to see where we’ve hit the trail!

We took a short hike around Strahl Lake at Brown County State Park. This is one of our favorite short hikes at this park. You can get to it by parking at the visitors center and taking the connecting trail (trail 6) down the hill or you can drive right down by the lake and park. The trail takes you right along the water in many spots but also has a few stairs, decks, and walkways. Two of our favorite spots on this trail are the walkway surrounded by jewelweed (which attracts hummingbirds!) and the pines on the southeastern portion of the lake (they smell wonderful!)

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Take a hike with us... at Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve!

Get OutsideJennie Orr

When we aren’t working on Blue Aster products or commissions, we love to get outside and hike as much as possible. And we love sharing pictures of our hikes and nature finds both big and small! Follow along here to see where we’ve hit the trail!

If you live near Monroe County Indiana, this is a must hike trail! It takes you right out to Lake Monroe for a perfect panorama view anytime of the year! This Sycamore Land Trust site is pretty popular and you may have a difficult time finding a parking spot during peak hiking season or on weekends. (You cannot park anywhere but the parking lot.) We prefer to hike this trail on a weekday.

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