Park Hop

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Welcome to the 2019 Jefferson County Park Hop

A community-wide scavenger hunt in nature!


What’s a Park Hop? How does it work?

The Park Hop is a free, community-wide scavenger hunt through our parks and nature preserves. Jefferson County, Indiana is full of places for you to explore in nature. The Park Hop is a fun way for families (and kids of all ages) to get outside and have fun.

From waterfalls to forests, and city parks to lakes, there’s something for everyone, right here in our backyard. (Scroll to the bottom for a map of the 20+ parks in the Park Hop and parking details.)

Visit as many parks as you can, and have fun exploring new parks. As you go, answer the clues on your Passport. Kids can claim prizes based on how many parks they visit.

Where are the clues listed?

Just click here to download your Park Hop “Passport.” It lists the parks and nature preserves, along with the clues. The Passport lists the scavenger hunt clues for each park and nature preserve.


  • Clifty Falls State Park will start charging admission on weekends on 3/16/2019.
  • Saluda Township Park has been closed because of damage from winter storms.

When is the Park Hop?

The entire month of March, 2019 – perfect for a Spring Break adventure!

Where are the Parks?

All over Jefferson County. We made an interactive map to help. Scroll down – it’s at the bottom of this page.

Someone said there are prizes…

Prizes are available for youth (ages 18 & under) that complete all clues at 1, 5, or 10 parks. Prizes include things like magnifying glasses, nature-themed books, wildlife trading cards, and more! Submitting all clues for more than 10 parks will enter youth for the grand prize drawing – a one year pass to all Indiana state parks.

How do I turn in the clues and claim prizes?

Families can have fun and claim kids’ prizes at our Park Hop Celebration on April 6, 2019, from 1-2pm at Heritage Park. This is the only opportunity to claim prizes. Just bring along each child’s passport, with their answers to the clues (this is how they show which parks they visited).

Come for the prizes – but also for hands-on nature activities and a marshmallow roast.

This is neat – I want to invite my friends!

We’re grateful that you want to you help spread the word! Share this website, and post something to social media (maybe you all “hopping” in the air at the park!) add #ParkHopJeffCo.

Who’s supporting the Park Hop?

Oak Heritage Conservancy is leading the Park Hop, but this is truly a team effort. Our partners are hard working and fun. We’re grateful! They include:

We are incredibly grateful for support from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, and Centene Corporation/Managed Health Services.

I still have a few questions.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected].

Where did you get this idea?

The Park Hop isn’t a brand new idea – but it is new to the Madison area. Oak Heritage Conservancy learned about a Park Hop in Greenville, South Carolina. Community organizations started their Park Hop in in 2013. That year, over 100 families participated. Their Park Hop has grown each year, and now includes a year-round scavenger hunt and events at the parks. Last year, over 1,100 children participated. We’ve been talking with them, and they’ve helped us adapt the idea for our community.

Go outside and have a hopping good time in nature!

Where are the Parks?

Click on this map to find the 20+ parks and nature preserves in the #ParkHopJeffCo. We’ve provided some helpful hints about finding the parks and parking in the description of each park.