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SPRING MILL AND ITS RAILROADS:
A MISMATCH MADE IN CINCINNATI

SPEAKER: DAVID NORD, PROFESSOR EMERITUS

In the 1850’s Hoosiers were crazy for railroads. Hundreds of miles of tracks were laid down across Indiana in just a few years. Two Lines were build through Lawrence County, very close to Spring Mill Village. The New Albany and Salem R.R. passed a couple of miles to the west. The Ohio and Mississippi R.R. skirted the north rim of the Spring Mill canyon, just a few hundred yards from the Mill. Hoosiers loved their R.R. and the R.R. sometimes loved them back, but not always. This Presentation – with photos, maps and documents – is about how Spring Mill and Lawrence County, and Indiana came to terms with the railroad age. The story is complex sometimes quite positive and always fascinating. But for Spring Mill it is not a story that ends well.

$50.00
For reservations, please call (812)849-4508.

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WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Weekends at Spring Mill State Park are never boring! This beautiful park has so much to offer, with the historic Pioneer Village, 9+ miles of hiking, a beautiful lodge & a lake for fishing and kayaking with your friends.

Saturday, April 24th

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!

10am- 4pm:  Earth Day Activities – Come join the naturalists for fun games, activities, crafts, programs, and hikes all about our earth.  Lakeview Activity Center.

Lakeview Activity Center:
🌎10am-3pm: Borrow a fishing pole – Free fishing for ages 17 and under.
🌎10am-10:30am: Make a bird feeder (peanut butter)
🌎10:30am-11am: Seed planting
🌎11am-11:30am: Composting Activity
🌎11:30am-12pm: Nature Collage

9am:  Cave River Valley Hike – Meet Tony at Donaldson Cave parking lot to follow your guide in your vehicle15 miles to Cave River Valley Natural Area.  Wear waterproof boots.  Very Rugged.  2 hours.

8pm:  Full Moon Hike –  Meet Anthony at Donaldson Cave parking lot for a spring time night hike under April’s full moon, known as the “Full Pink Moon”. Learn some moon lore and hear about Spring Mill’s nocturnal animals.  Moderate hike on trail 7.  2 miles.

Sunday, April 25th

11am:  Wildflower Hike – Spring flowers are blooming!  Enjoy a guided hike with the naturalist to take in all the beauty.  Meet at Lakeview Activity Center.  1 mile.  Partially Rugged.  45 minutes.

PARK ENTRY FEE MAY APPLY
$5 FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS
$7 FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

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Grab your fishin’ pole and your tackle box!

Today Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters.

Visit places like Spring Mill State Park or the Williams Dam to catch all the fish that you can.

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FREE FISHING DAYS

Don’t have a fishing license? Don’t want to buy a trout or salmon stamp?

No worries!

Grab your tackle box and your fishin’ pole…
September 26th is National Public Lands Day! Celebrate with free fishing!

This is the day that all Indiana residents are allowed to fish WITHOUT a license or a trout/salmon stamp in the state’s public waters.

We recommend bringing the family to Spring Mill State Park to fish. Make a day of it and have a picnic by the village or take a hike around the Lake. There are plenty of things to do at the Park!
Please call the Park office for more information (812)849-3534

See also Williams Dam and Tincher Pond

 

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Grab your fishin’ pole and your tackle box!

This Saturday and Sunday (June 1 – 2) Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters.

Visit places like Spring Mill State Park or the Williams Dam to catch all the fish that you can.

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WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Weekends at Spring Mill State Park are never boring! This beautiful park has so much to offer, with the historic Pioneer Village, 9+ miles of hiking, a beautiful lodge & a lake for fishing and kayaking with your friends.

Friday, May 28th

9pm:  Full Moon HikeMeet Anthony at the Lakeview Activity Center for a relaxing moon lit hike around Spring Mill Lake and learn about May’s Full Flower Moon.  Partially rugged.  1 hour.

 

Saturday, May 29th

11am:  Snake Talk  Learn what it means to be a snake.  Meet two of our resident snakes.  Lakeview Activity Center.  30 minutes.

2pm:  Creek Stomp –Feel the cool spring water on your feet as you explore who calls this creek home.  Meet by Pioneer Village Concessions (Ordinary).  30 minutes.

3pm:  Stagecoach Trail Hike – Meet the naturalist by the Grist Mill in Pioneer Village to learn about this historic trail and its importance.  .5 miles. Moderately Rugged. 30 minutes.

 

Sunday, May 30th

11am:  Box Turtle Talk –  Learn about box turtles while meeting a live one.  Lakeview Activity Center.  20 minutes.

3pm:  Glade Hike – Meet the naturalist at Donaldson Cave Parking lot for a .5 mile, moderate hike to see and hear about this important area in our park.  30 minutes.

 

Monday, May 31st

11am:  Salamander Social – Join Naturalist Morgan to discover the cool Indiana salamanders including the endangered Snot Otter!  Create some slime to take home.  Lakeview Activity Center.  30 minutes.

1pm:  Hamer Cemetery Tour – Meet Naturalist Emilie at Hamer Cemetery to learn about the history of our village and explore the mystery of some unmarked graves.  30 minutes.

PARK ENTRY FEE MAY APPLY
$7 FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS
$9 FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

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Limestone, Caves & Karst

Kriste Lindberg has a wealth of experience with Indiana caves and karst and will cover what is unique about our limestone and karst and why these systems are so fragile for stormwater and water contamination. She’ll explain what makes this part of Indiana globally unique.

Learn more about what makes these so special and why we like to call ourselves LIMESTONE COUNTRY.

PLEASE CALL: 812-275-5692 to RSVP

Deadline is June 21.

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WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Weekends at Spring Mill State Park are never boring! This beautiful park has so much to offer, with the historic Pioneer Village, 9+ miles of hiking, a beautiful lodge & a lake for fishing and kayaking with your friends.

Sunday, April 18th

1pm:  Vernal Pond Hike – Meet Anthony at the Donaldson Cave parking lot for a short hike to a hidden gem at Spring Mill State Park- a vernal pond. Learn why this pond is an essential habitat and how it connects with the Karst topography of the area. 30 minutes.

PARK ENTRY FEE MAY APPLY
$5 FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS
$7 FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

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VIRTUAL STORY TIME

10am:  Virtual Storytime with the Naturalist #VirtualINStatePark – Enjoy a virtual story with the naturalist.  It will air on Facebook live on Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 10am: https://www.facebook.com/springmillsp/

Schedule a time in advance to pick up a zip lock bag of craft supplies to go with our story.  Geared toward preschool ages.  sbelt@dnr.in.gov or 812-849-3534

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WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Weekends at Spring Mill State Park are never boring! This beautiful park has so much to offer, with the historic Pioneer Village, 9+ miles of hiking, a beautiful lodge & a lake for fishing and kayaking with your friends.

January 23rd
1pm:  Cave River Valley Hike – Come explore this beautiful, primitive property managed by Spring Mill.  Meet Tony at Donaldson parking lot to follow him in your car 15 miles to CRV.  2 hour hike. Very Rugged.  Water-proof/rubber boots highly recommended.

 

PARK ENTRY FEE MAY APPLY
$5 FOR INDIANA RESIDENTS
$7 FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

Limestone
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