There is a good amount of undeveloped recreational land in Jennings. These properties are significant in many ways. If you are a visiting camper these properties can add some nearby diversity to your visit. Likewise if you are down for just a day visit, these properties are well worth your consideration.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 50,000 acres in 3 counties (Jefferson, Jennings, and Ripley) and overlays that portion of the former Jefferson Proving Ground that lies north of the historic firing line where munitions were once tested. The Indiana Air National Guard operates an air-to-ground bombing range on the remaining 1,033 acres of the former proving ground north of the firing line and this property is surrounded by but not designated as part of the refuge.
Jefferson Proving Ground was established by the Army in 1940 as an ordnance testing installation and closed in 1995. Beginning in 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed the wildlife resources of the proving ground. Big Oaks Refuge was established in June 2000 as an "overlay" national wildlife refuge through a 25-year real estate permit from the U.S. Army. As an overlay refuge, the Army retains ownership and the Fish and Wildlife Service manages the property as Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.
Fishing , hunting, and hiking opportunities are available.
The historic Tunnel Mill can be accessed from the Muscatatuck Park River Trail. Tunnel is approximately 1 mile from the Muscatatuck park campground.
►Vernon: Town is listed in its entirety on the national register of historical places.
►Vernon Commons is the oldest playground/park in Indiana, first set aside in 1815.
►Jennings County Historical Society on the corner across from the courthouse is a pleasant visit.
►North Vernon is a small town, but you can find just about anything you may need. The Historical home tour and a newly refurbished down town are nice to visit.
►North Vernon Parks and Recreation has a nice city park and swimming pool. They are upgrading the pool in 2019. The City Pool is approximately two miles from Muscatatuck Park. The municipal department has also added the Tripton Park. Tripton Park will highlight 2.5 miles of paved trail accessible approximately 0.75 miles from the Muscatatuck Trail.
Muscatatuck Trail is a 1.3 mile paved trail linking the Muscatatuck Park and the North Vernon City Min-Park and downtown North Vernon. The Bike path will soon connect also to the new Tripton Park linking an additional 2.5 miles of paved trail.