Learn about George Donaldson and his relation to Spring Mill State Park and Ireland. Anthony, a volunteer, will be throwing out some other St. Patrick’s Day fun facts while you venture on the 30 minute rugged hike. Wear comfortable shoes!

Meet at the front patio of the Spring Mill Inn.


Make a special “bat craft” and learn some interesting facts about Indiana’s bats. After you are done, take a rugged hike down to Donaldson Cave. Feel free to explore the cave after the hike is over. Bring a flash light and some clothes that can get dirty!

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.



Celebrate Monday of Visit Indiana Week with the Bedford Hiking Club. The theme for today is GET MOVING.

Starting in 1987, the members of the Bedford Hiking Club have maintained their dedication to GET MOVING. Meeting almost every Monday, with a few other events here and there, the group travels around Lawrence County and beyond in order to enjoy nature and stay fit.

This Monday, the club is planning to take an approximately 1.5 hour hike along a little trail that some people may have never seen. Meet them at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County on the west side by the Armory. From there, you will be walking along a pretty trail that leads to the Milwaukee Trail.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join the Bedford Hiking Club.

Get out and GET MOVING! #HoosIN #GetMovingMonday

For more information about this event or the club, please contact Alison Piper – (812) 277-0946



Tony, a Spring Mill State Park volunteer, asks you to join him on a very interesting exploration. Many people have never heard of Cave River Valley, but it is a very beautiful place. CRV is a primitive park owned by Spring Mill, and about 15 minutes away. Tony plans to tell you all about it’s history on this one hour hike. The trail will be rugged. So, being good hiking boots and weather appropriate clothing.

Meet at the Donaldson Shelter parking lot.


Explore the beautiful hidden gem, Cave River Valley, with the Spring Mill State Park Naturalist. Enjoy a rugged hike through this primitive park, that most people don’t know about. It is recommended that you wear good hiking shoes and comfortable clothing, because the hike will be rugged.

Meet at the Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill to follow the Naturalist to Cave River Valley, 15 miles down the road.


If you have missed the last few chances to go on a hike at Cave River Valley, now is your chance. Meet Spring Mill volunteer, Tony, at the Donaldson parking lot. Then, follow him 15 miles down the road to this very special place that only a few people have heard of.

The hike will be rugged. So, make sure you dress appropriately.



Spend the weekend at Spring Mill State Park learning about caves!

On Saturday, the Lakeview Activity Center will be hosting many guest speakers and will have information tables about caving.

Want to look like an expert before you go? Brush up on your knowledge of cave critters by checking out our newest blog!

Take a 2 hour tour through the Endless Cave. Sign up by emailing sbelt@dnr.in.gov or calling (812)849-3534.

August 24

9:00 AM Whistling Cave Hike (Off-Trail | Rugged)
Meet at Village Parking Lot

11:00 AM Beginning Caving Presentation with Rich Lunseth
Meet in Lakeview Activity Center

1:00 PM Beginning Caving Presentation with Rich Lunseth
Meet in Lakeview Activity Center

2:30 PM Life in Upper Twin Cave: The Experience of a Caver
Meet in Lakeview Activity Center

3:30 PM Whistling Cave Hike (Off  Trail | Rugged)
Meet at Village Parking Lot


August 25

9:00 AM Hamer Cave Hike (30 Minutes)
Meet at Grist Mill in Village

10:00 AM Pit Cave Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center

11:00 AM Twin Caves and Bronson Cave Hike
Meet in Twin Caves Parking Lot

3:00 PM Rubble Springs and Donaldson Cave Hike
Meet on steps behind Lakeview Activity Center


For questions, please contact the Park Office at (812)849-3534.



Look at the life and formations in a cave at Spring Mill State Park. Join us for a fascinating underground experience.
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center

*Gate Fee May Apply*
For more information please call the Park Office at (812)849-3534.



Have you ever read the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights? Complete all 11 items on the list and become an OFFICIAL Hoosier Outdoor Child:

Explore and play outdoors in a safe place.
Follow a trail and discover native plants, wildlife and history.
Experience traditional outdoor activities like fishing or hunting.
Discover and celebrate Indiana’s past.
Camp under the stars.
Climb a tree.
Visit a farm.
Plant a seed or tree and watch it grow.
Splash and play in streams, lakes and ponds.
Enjoy the outdoors using all the senses.
Ask questions, find answers and share nature with a friend.

This weekend at Spring Mill State Park pick up a Bill of Rights and program schedule at the front gate or the Lakeview Activity Center.


AUGUST 17, 2019
10:00 AM Fire Building
11:00 AM Fishing
11:00 AM Tent
12:00 PM Mystery Seed Planting
1:00 PM Wood Products and Trees
2:00 PM Reptile Rumble
3:00 PM Creek Stomp (Village Ordinary)
4:00 PM Nature Games
5:00 PM Blindfold Hike
6:00 PM Nocturnal Animals and Lake Hike

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Lisa Walsh Topography Art
2:00 PM Kay Olges and the Windfall Dancers

AUGUST 18, 2019
10:00 AM Fire Building
11:00 AM Fishing
11:00 AM Tent Pitching
12:00 PM Seed Planting
1:00 PM Creek Stomp (Village Ordinary)
2:00 PM  Tree Rings Activity
3:00 PM Nature Games
4:00 PM Nocturnal Animals and Lake Hike

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center for most events.


Any questions, please contact the Park Office at (812)849-3534.


Check out some more fun events happening at Spring Mill:
Vintage Camper Rally
Cave Weekend
Endless Cave Tours
Fiber Arts Weekend



You can always expect to have a blast during Christmas in July at the Spring Mill State Park Campground. Check back for more details.

For questions, please contact the Park Office at (812)849-3534.

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