Spring Mill State park provides a family friendly vacation destination with some great hiking and wonderful picnicking. It also provides a unique glimpse into Indiana history with the operating gristmill and pioneer village. This Indiana State Park also maintains a memorial to local astronaut, Gus Grissom. Nestled in southern Indiana's hills, Spring Mill State Park has everything you expect in an Indiana State Park. It also boasts some extras you might not expect. This Indiana State Park travel guide describes all the amenities of this popular historic state park. History comes alive at the pioneer village and gristmill that are open during the summer season for visitors to see. It also includes many of the attractions of nearby Bedford, Indiana and Mitchell, Indiana. Spring Mill State Park boasts a cave boat tour, pioneer village, a water powered gristmill and saw mill and an extensive memorial to Indiana astronaut and hero, Gus Grissom. Grissom is from nearby Mitchell, Indiana and the memorial boasts many artifacts, photos and stories from his military, test pilot and astronaut career. The Indiana history represented at Spring Mill ranges from rustic frontier life to America's beginning explorations of the final frontier, outer space. Like all Indiana State Parks, this Spring Mill is rich in hiking, boating, camping and fishing opportunities. Guests at the campground or in the cabins will experience a family friendly vacation that all ages can enjoy. Spring Mill Inn provides comfortable rooms and a restaurant for those wanting digs that are more conventional. The ten miles of hiking trails offer a variety of habitat. These habitats include lakefront hiking and deep forestland. Spring Mill Lake has boat ramps for those wishing to fish or just tool around the lake. Anglers may also ply their lines from the banks. Indiana history, camping, fishing and hiking combine to create a wonder family vacation experience. The Indiana State Park Travel Guide Series will encompass all the family friendly Indiana State Parks. Indiana's State Park system is one of the finest in the United States. With great hiking trails, history, and nature, there is something for everyone at an Indiana State Park.
Perched high on bluffs above the Ohio River, Clifty Falls State Park boasts great hiking, scenic waterfalls and camping at a family friendly campground. Taking its name from the falls on Clifty Creek, the park got its start from 570 acres given to the State by Madison residents. Numerous picnic areas and shelters allow families a good spot to relax while enjoying a picnic meal. Visitors wanting to stay in comfort can book a room at the Clifty Inn. The Inn boasts a restaurant, swimming pool and sitting area that overlooks the river. Hikers can traverse a historic railroad tunnel on one of the trails. The tunnel formed a part of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, which went bankrupt before the tunnel saw use. Clifty Falls features over thirteen miles of hiking trails. The park has four waterfalls, most accessible only by trail. The main falls, a sixty foot cascade, is near Clifty Shelter and accessible to picnickers. The Indiana State Park Travel Guide Series will encompass all the family friendly Indiana State Parks. Indiana's State Park system is one of the finest in the United States. With great hiking trails, history, camping and nature, there is something for everyone at a family friendly Indiana State Park.
O'Bannon Woods State Park and the area surrounding it abounds in Indiana history. The park includes a pioneer homesteading farm complete with a functioning hay press barn. A Visit to O'Bannon Woods State Park and Corydon Indiana includes information about nearby historic Corydon, Indiana, the state's first state capital. Corydon is also the site of the only Civil War battle fought in the state as Corydon's defenders tried to stave off Morgan's Raiders as they entered the state. Several cave systems in the area will interest spelunkers. Indiana Cavern, Squire Boone Cavern, Wyandotte and Marengo Caves are all nearby and make fascinating destinations. Squire Boone, Daniel Boone's brother, made his home in the Mauckport area during the last years of his life. Visitors can enjoy Indiana history by touring a pioneer farmstead and the cave that contains Squire Boone's grave. Visitors to Corydon and O'Bannon State Park can bask in Indiana history and hike the wonderful trails of the park. Camp in the campgrounds or stay the night in nearby Corydon, the choice is yours. The Indiana State Park Travel Guide Series will encompass all the family friendly Indiana State Parks. Indiana's State Park system is one of the finest in the United States. With great hiking trails, history, and nature, there is something for everyone at an Indiana State Park.
John W. Graham is Head of Public Documents and Patents at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Wendy C. Havlick is Original Cataloger at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
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