Public Parks an Asset for Terre Haute, Vigo County


Terre Haute, Ind. – Terre Haute and Vigo County may be known as a hub for higher education due to our four top-of-the-line institutions, or as a manufacturing epicenter because of the strong history of innovation that continues in our community today. One thing most visitors and even some residents might fail to realize is something that sets Terre Haute apart, the fantastic public parks.

According to data compiled for Wallet Hub’s best small cities ranking, in 2019, Terre Haute was tied with ten other cities to have the most parks per citizen for all of America’s small cities. Whether you enjoy mountain biking, fishing or just want to spend time with your family at a playground, there is no shortage of outdoor opportunities in this community. 

“Quality of life is one of the six pillars of the See You In Terre Haute Community Plan,” said Josh Aslip, the Chamber of Commerce Director of Community Engagement. “It is important to both residents and visitors that Terre Haute has great parks for their families to enjoy.”

With lush greenery, meandering trails, and pristine waterways, parks in Vigo County provide a refreshing and relaxing escape from everyday life. Whether you’re a nature lover, an avid photographer, or simply seeking peace and quiet, you’ll find abundant scenic spots to relax and unwind. Anyone can enjoy spaces like Dogwood Point in Deming Park on Terre Haute’s eastside, which smells fresh and aromatic in the spring, or take a moment to reflect while you navigate the Smith Labyrinth in Hawthorn Park. 

The parks are not just spaces for leisure; they also serve as vibrant hubs for community events and festivals. Fairbanks Park sees thousands of visitors to its beautiful Wabash River setting by hosting various concerts, fairs and other community gatherings throughout the year.  

Our parks go beyond recreation, they also provide invaluable opportunities for environmental education and conservation. Many of these parks offer guided nature walks, educational programs and workshops that promote ecological awareness and sustainability. Events like Kid’s Science Day at Dewey Point provide a unique learning experience for Vigo County School Corporation students. These hands-on activities make a lasting impression on the students and having public spaces like Dewey Point or the Dobbs Park Nature Center are valuable assets for the community.

“Terre Haute and Vigo County are blessed to have an incredible park system that has only been improving the last few years,” Alsip said. “With recent development and future plans, our community will continue to boast public lands that make it an appealing place to live, work, and play.”

Terre Haute and Vigo County’s parks are a testament to our commitment to preserving nature, fostering community bonds, and providing an exceptional outdoor experience. Whether you’re a resident enjoying the accessible playground at Deming Park or a visitor traversing the trails at Griffin Bike Park, these hidden gems are waiting to be explored and experienced.