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Karst Farm Park

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    118.69 acres

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Description

2450 South Endwright Road, Bloomington, IN 47403- 120 acres

Karst Farm Park was the first county park to be established. The park was created in 1969 after the county closed its poor farm and converted the property to park use. The relevance of the park name refers to the karst topography and farm referring to the property’s history as the County Poor Farm. Many cultural events have been staged at Karst Farm Park over the years and it is a popular venue for these types of activities.

This park offers classic views of the karst topography of southern Indiana, with clearly visible sinkholes. No caves are exposed in the park, though water backs up in cave entrances very near the park during times of heavy rainfall. The presence of sinkholes limits construction and other activities because water sometimes fills the depressions. Karst offers programs to educate the public about geology, caves, and water quality. It is rated as one of the area’s most attractive parks and features a splashpad, accessible playground, smaller playgrounds, dog park and athletic fields. There are walking trails that encompass the arboretum and extend into natural, forested sections of the park.

  • Karst Greenway trailhead
  • Sophia Travis Playscape playground and musical playground
  • Three (3) additional playgrounds
  • Splash Pad
  • Karst Farm Athletic Complex
    • Over 25 acres
    • Six (6) full-sized lighted athletic fields
    • Six (6) full-sized non-lighted athletic fields
  • Seven (7) open-sided regular shelters
  • Open-sided small shelter
  • Open-sided group/large shelter
  • Climate controlled/full kitchen building
  • Karst Dog Park (1.5 acre & .5 acre enclosures)
    • Members: 120 families
  • Dog Park trail (6 laps = 1 mile, stone)
  • Paved trail (4.5 laps = 1 mile, asphalt)
  • Nature trail (grass & crushed limestone)
  • Cardio trail (2.5 laps = 1 mile, crushed limestone)
  • Small nature pond (.125 acre)
  • Duckworth Pond (3 acres)
  • Arboretum & Naturalized areas
  • Eighteen (18) hole disc golf course (one of only three courses in Monroe County)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Caretaker house
  • Restroom buildings & thirteen (13) drinking fountains
  • Maintenance and storage buildings
  • Over 750 parking spaces, asphalt & gravel surface
Allowed Activities
Barbequing
Backpacking
Skateboarding
Rollerblading
Disc Golfing
Fat Biking
Dog Walking
Running
Birdwatching
Wildlife Watching
Walking
Trail Running
Hiking
Biking
Good For
Families
Dogs
Wheelchairs