Central Indiana Birding Opportunities - Mounds State Park
Mounds State Park is Indiana’s second smallest State Park with only 290 acres, however, it is home to a wide variety of habitats that make it a great stopover site for many of birds.
Trail 5 winds through the perimeter of the park. Chipping and Song sparrows sing near the historic Bronnenberg home. Woodpecker varieties, including the Pileated and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (seasonally) drum and call around the Great Mound. As Trail 5 curves towards the river, the forest stand is about a century old, providing downed logs and branches where you can spy wrens, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Eastern Towhees. Nighttime birders might hear owls in the woods near the park’s campground.
Mounds State Park’s Visitor Center features a wildlife viewing room with comfortable seating arranged behind floor to ceiling glass windows. A variety of typical feeder birds can be seen throughout the year. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are frequent visitors during the summer.
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4306 Mounds Road
Anderson, IN, 46017
Hours: Regular park hours are 7am-11pm.
Ownership: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks
Admission: $7/vehicle with Indiana license plate, $9/vehicle out-of-state. Free admission with annual entrance permit and in many days through the winter.
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations. A summary of property rules can be found at stateparks.IN.gov/6468.htm.
Parking: Ample parking is available at trailheads, the nature center, and picnic areas.
Nearby Amenities: The park has a visitor center with modern restrooms and a birdwatching area. Vault toilets are located in the park as well. Mounds State Park is located less than 5 miles away from one of Anderson’s busiest retail and dining areas, located on Scatterfield Road (IN 9).
Accessibility: Trail 5 from the visitor center to the Great Mound is gravel and easily traversed. A motorized chair is available by reservation to use on this path. The park visitor center is ADA accessible.
Phone Number: Office (765)642-6627, Nature Center (765)649-8128
Written By: Kelley Morgan
Photo By: Carol Johnston