Indiana State Parks have a lot to offer to tourists and locals alike. They provide quality relaxation and recreation opportunities in addition to offering beautiful scenery. The Indiana State Parks do charge an entrance fee. This seems to range from $4.00 per vehicle up to $7.00. An annual pass can be purchased. This will allow the holder to make unlimited visits to most Indiana State Parks. The annual pass is $36.00 for Indiana residents or $46.00 for non-residents. A Golden Hoosier permit is $18.00 and is available to state residents who are age 65 and up. Many Indiana State Parks are located close to the interstate or major highway. The easy access makes them popular destinations or add-ons to existing vacation plans. This article is going to focus on some of the parks that are easy add-ons.
Mounds State Park
4306 Mounds Road
Anderson, IN 46017
I-69 Exit 26, state rd 9 through stops 232e go E 2 miles
Mounds State Park is about 15 minutes from I-69. If you are coming from Indianapolis take exit #26 and head north on State Rd. 9. Go through the stoplights to Hwy. 232 E.
This park was once used as a ceremonial area by the ancient Adena-Hopewell Indians. Estimates place construction at around 160 B.C. The many activities offered here include a visitor center and gift shop, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, a camp store and a dumping station.
Prophetstown State Park
P.O. Box 327
Battle Ground, IN 47920
Take I-65 to exit number 178 and follow the signs.
This unique park was once a Native American village. On November 7, 1811, there was a battle between U.S. forces and a Native American group led by Tecumseh. Ironically, Tecumseh sought to avoid a battle but decided to attack after seeing the buildup of US troops. The village, named Prophetstown after the brother of Tecumseh, was burned.
Visitors can now enjoy historical programs and exhibits, picnic shelters, camping and hiking at this beautiful Indiana State Park.
Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 W. Riverside Dr.
Clarksville, IN 47129
I-65 Exit 0
This state features fossil beds that are estimated to be 386-million-years-old. Visitors will also enjoy an interpretive center, movie, exhibits, hiking, fossil viewing, fishing, educational programs, bird watching, a boat ramp, picnicking and more. It is a great add-on or destination.
Lincoln State Park
Lincoln City, IN 47552
This park commemorates the formative years of Abraham Lincoln. At the southern end of the park is the Sarah Lincoln Woods Nature Preserve. Visitors to this park can enjoy an amphitheater, camping, nature center and preserve with exhibits and education programs, picnicking, boating (electric motors only), fishing, hiking, a store and swimming. Rentals of canoes, paddleboats and rowboats are also available.
There are also dumping stations, cabins and a new public plaza. Lincoln State Park is a good add-on or destination. Because of problems with mapping programs visitors are advised to phone for directions.
Versailles State Park
Box 205, U.S. 50
Versailles, IN 47042
Versailles State Park has something to offer every person in your family Highway 50 runs through the park. Much of the area was poorly producing farmland before becoming a state park in 1930.
At this Indiana State Park you can have a picnic, go fishing, boating, hike, use your mountain bike or enjoy an equestrian trail. You can rent a canoe, paddleboat, rowboat or kayak or go swimming in the pool and enjoy the waterslide. When you get tired, you can retire for the evening into one of the many campsites. If you forgot something you can probably pick it up at the onsite camp store.
It’s hard to go wrong by stopping at an Indiana State Park on your summer vacation.
For a complete list of Indiana State Parks please visit this link.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources