Meltzer Woods photo by Jordan England

Road Trip: Meltzer Woods and Beyond

We asked Jordan England of Blue River Community Foundation to recommend some attractions near Meltzer Woods. The foundation has provided funding for Meltzer Woods stewardship for many years. Jordan serves as Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director at the foundation. She offered this guest post.

This fall, when you plan to visit Meltzer Woods, don’t miss exploring what else Shelby County has to offer!

Meltzer Woods, with its big trees and quiet paths, is a marvelous place to get out and experience the natural world. If you want to continue communing with nature, visit Symbiosis, a classified forest owned by the Fallis Family. The forest has been set aside as wildlife habitat that can never be hunted or pastured—but visitors are welcome to explore its trails.

Find another nature walk on the Blue River Trail. This paved path starts at the boardwalk off of Lee Boulevard in Blue River Memorial Park and winds along the Blue River. The trail is a great vantage point to look for bird life along the river, and it’s wheelchair-accessible.

For a taste of local history, check out the Grover Museum. There, you can walk through life-sized streets of a 1900s-era town of Shelbyville. Open Tuesday through Saturday, this museum gives a glimpse of bygone days.

Be sure to stop at a local eatery while you’re in the area. We have several great options to pick from.

Breakfast and lunch are served up with a flair at Just Peachy Cafe. You won’t want to miss the signature cinnamon rolls! This restaurant also offers lighter fare, as well as gluten-free and keto-friendly options. You can even take home a pound of peachy butter.

Pudder’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, serving burgers, salads, wraps, pizza and wings, as well as to-die-for cod bites. With live music on the weekends, this is the place to be!

In nearby Morristown, make your way to the Kopper Kettle Inn for family dining. Fried chicken and catfish, fantastic lunch salads, sugar cream pie—are you hungry yet? You can also carry out family packs of fried chicken with mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, buttered sweet corn and other sides. Yum!

See you in Shelby County!

Jordan England

Guest Blogger

Jordan England is a lifelong Shelby County resident who graduated from Waldron Jr. Sr. High School (just a few miles from Meltzer Woods!). After earning her B.S. degree in Retail Management from Purdue University, she returned to Waldron to start a family with her husband, Brian. Together they have 3 young children and enjoy sharing with them their love of the community. Jordan is the Grants and Nonprofit Relations Director at Blue River Community Foundation, managing BRCF’s grant program, providing support to local nonprofits, and promoting catalytic philanthropy in Shelby County.