Sometimes our adventures are really close to home as was the case with this adventure. We went to another Acres Land Trust property – Greenhurst Commons. Greenhurst Commons was formerly Greenhurst Golf Course. It opened in the 1920’s and was sold to Bridgewater Golf Course in 2002. Bridgewater operated the course until 2013 when it was closed and sold to Abby and Mark Millet and Vicki and Rick James. Their goal was to “prevent development of what we consider is pristine piece of land and a part of Auburn’s heritage.” “Our intent is to create a park-like setting for future enjoyment of the community.” And that is exactly what they did. In 2022 they donated the land to Acres Land Trust, who continues to protect the land and provide it for community use.
The park consists of a wide paved trail that traverses the former golf course and winds along Cedar Creek. The greens and sand traps have been removed making a wooded and natural environment for birds and squirrels to thrive. There is one structure that has a beautiful mural on the side, making a great photo opportunity. The trails loop around about 1.5M and there are several wood bridges over the creek. The park is handicapped accessible and other than one hill is relatively flat.
This is a nice park with well maintained trails. Despite being well-used, it’s great for a peaceful and scenic walk. It’s perfect for those with mobility issues, but also good for runners, cyclists, and walking your dog. We give this trail 3 out of 4 paws up with the only downfalls being no restroom and a personal preference for dirt trails in the woods.
How do I get there?
Greenhurst Commons is in Auburn, Indiana. From downtown Auburn continue on Main Street. At the intersection with North Street, turn right and then veer left to continue on Main Street. Pass North Main Street Diner and Auburn Dairy Freeze on the right. Next you will see the former club house and the entrance to the parking lot with an Acres Land Trust sign on the right. Park on the left side, away from the former club house, and the trail will be straight ahead near the stone entrance.
For more information check out the Acres Land Trust website.