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Take a step back in time – Relive the experiences of pioneers in the 1800s.
Enjoy fun activities, tours, demonstrations and presentations in the beautiful Pioneer Village and throughout the lovely Spring Mill State Park. Activities will go on all weekend.


Pioneer Memorial Service – 2:00 pm on Monday


We also are happy to announce that Memorial Weekend is the start of the season for Spring Mill. Do you know what this means?

You can now…

  • Take a boat tour into the Twin Caves
  • Rent a canoe or a kayak and paddle along the Spring Mill Lake
  • Rent a bike and hit the Mountain Bike Trail
  • Participate in activities at the Lakeview Activity Center
  • Throw on a swim suit and dive into the outdoor pool (if it’s not too cold)

We have been waiting all Winter for this! Let the Summer fun BEGIN!


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9:30 AM – Cave River Valley Hike
Meet at Donaldson Parking Lot
Have you been to the property that Spring Mill manages in Washington County? It’s full of history! Prepare to get your feet wet as we hike down to the valley!

3:30 PM – The Transformation of Milling
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
With slides of historic maps, photos and documents, David Nord from IU will describe how a national and global revolution in flour milling played out in Indiana. Don’t miss!


10:00 AM – Wildflower Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
The beauty of Spring is all around. Come enjoy a hike around the lake with naturalist, Chris, as he tells you more about the beautiful flowers of Spring. Hike is 45 minutes, rugged.

11:00 AM – Trees Tell a Story
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Trees can’t talk, but they can tel us a story through their rings and leaves. Learn about trees and their leaves in this interesting program.

3:30 PM – Creek Stomp
Meet at Village Ordinary
Feel the cool spring water on your feet as you explore who calls this creek home.

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10:00 AM – All Tied Up
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Some knots can help catch a fish; some keep your tent standing, while others can help save a life! Learn about the importance of knots and how they are useful in the outdoors.

1:00 PM – Nature Preserve Hike
Tulip Poplar Shelter
Visit the Mitchell Karst Plains Nature Preserve with Spring Mill Volunteer, Tony. Learn about the history of nature preserves in Indiana. Hike is along the easy Trail 7. Approximately 45 minutes.

9:30 PM – Full Flower Moon Hike
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Meet Spring Mill Volunteer, Anthony, for this 1 hour moderate hike on Trail 5. See the outdoors after dark and learn about the full flower moon.


11:00 AM Stalactites, Stalagmites and Bats Oh My!
Meet at Pioneer Village Parking Lot
Go on a hike to Donaldson Cave and learn about unique cave formations and bats that live there.

12:00 PM Reptile Rumble
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Bring your lunch and meet us on the back patio of the nature center to discover what our reptiles like to munch on.

2:00 PM Hidden Caves Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Visit one of Spring Mill’s virtually unheard of and smallest caves.

See: Adventures in Spring Mill State Park

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Celebrate Monday of Visit Indiana Week at Spring Mill State Park. The theme for today is GET MOVING.

Join us on this beautiful hike through the woods of Spring Mill State Park. Along the way, listen to the sounds of the creek, birds and squirrels. Check out the fascinating Donaldson Cave and learn all about the Scottish man that it’s named after.

Enjoy a little history with your exercise! Meet at the Inn Front Patio

Get out and GET MOVING! #HoosIN #GetMovingMonday

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Meet us at the Lakeview Activity Center to learn about the different ways that you can volunteer at Spring Mill State Park. There are many things that one can do to make their impact. Here is your chance!

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Bring the kids over to Spring Mill to play some fun games. It’s your choice – Bingo or Nature Scavenger Hunt? Complete a game, and you get a prize! We love prizes.

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

When you have finished, there’s no reason to head out right away. If the weather is nice, take the family on a hike around the lake or have a nice lunch at the Spring Mill Inn.


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Create your own nature print by using natural materials from Spring Mill State Park. This will be fun!

Meet at the amphitheater outside of the Lakeview Activity Center.

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Some of these little guys may not be as scary as you think. Meet a live snake at Spring Mill, and learn all about the ones that we have around Lawrence County. Bring your courage with you!

Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

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Come to Spring Mill State Park to celebrate National Wildlife Week! Join naturalist Sheree at the Lakeview Activity Center to learn all about Indiana’s wildlife. While you are there, you get to feel animal pelts and even make your own animal craft!

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For Women’s History Month, Spring Mill would like to honor a special hero that is close to the hearts of those in Lawrence County. Clara Barton is the founder of the American Red Cross and she spent some of her time right here in our area. We won’t tell you too much information. You will have to check it out yourself when you take this moderate hike to the Red Cross Cabin. Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.