Created By: Emily Freeman
Located on East Old Maple Avenue, Hawthorn is six-tenths of a mile north of U.S. 40 off of Hunt Road. The park is divided into two major areas of land, Hawthorn Park on the west and J.I. Case Wetland Wildlife Refuge on the east. On the park’s south boundary is Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Heritage Road National Trail.
Inside Hawthorn Park is a lake, campground, picnic shelters, playgrounds, archery range, trails, and labyrinth. Burns Lake, 18.3 acres, has a boat launch and fishing docking located around the lakes north side. The lake is stocked with bluegill, redear sunfish, large-mouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie.
The campground, located on the west side of the park, has approximately 70 modern sites with electricity and approximately 15 primitive sites. Shower houses, restrooms, and a dump station are available to campers.
Three picnic shelters on the parkland each hold 200 people are available for year-round rentals. A large playground is located between Dogwood Shelter, a fully accessible trail stretches 1,850 feet in length. On the east side of the trail, a wildlife observation shelter overlooks J.I. Case Wetland Wildlife Refuge.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Parks