Here in Lawrence County, among the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, you’ll discover outdoor treasures not found anywhere else. Caves and caverns, limestone formations, pioneer history, astronaut artifacts and hiking at all levels, are all waiting for you to explore. Close to home, “Limestone Country” is 1-1/2 hours south of Indianapolis and 2-1/2 hours west of Cincinnati.
This beautiful Indiana State Park is different from the others. Within the park, visit the Grissom Memorial, a museum dedicated to Hoosier Astronaut Virgil I. ‘Gus’ Grissom, featuring hundreds of NASA artifacts. Step back in time at Pioneer Village, where a massive, operating grist mill is the centerpiece of this working historic community. Take the Twin Caves underground boat tour, and discover underground creatures that have never seen the light of day. With a unique combination of rugged and easy trails among limestone terrain, scenic landscapes and shady woods, there is hiking for every level.
Also at Spring Mill State Park, you can step back into time and experience the great outdoors like they did in the 1860s. The Pioneer Village is a living history experience that features a massive water-powered grist mill among 20 historic buildings, showcasing tradecrafts and occupations typical of this time. Indiana’s early days come to life as interpreters in period dress demonstrate daily pioneer living.
At 100 feet underground, take a boat ride on a subterranean river. At 53 degrees year-round, what a great place to beat the heat during summer. Check out the rare blind cave fish and crawfish during your tour-guided ride. For even more adventure, schedule a 3-hour guided kayak tour or trek to explore Indiana’s largest sinkhole.
Indiana’s longest double span covered bridge, open to foot or bike traffic only, extends across the East Fork of White River. Built in 1884, this 402-foot covered bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must see.
From rugged paths along wooded limestone terrain to easy paved paths, every level of hiker can trek through Lawrence County.
Rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat, and explore the waters of Spring Mill State Park. If you bring your own, there are plenty of boat launches along the White River.
Challenge your bunch to a hunting competition at Sugar Creek Hunting Preserve. Try trap and skeet shooting, European-style pheasant hunts and more.