South Central Indiana has a wide variety of outdoor activities that anyone can take advantage of during about any season of the year. Most of these activities strike me as summer playgrounds, but I do know people who take advantage of the activities that can be found here in the winter too. Most of these sites are beautiful in both spring and fall, where temperatures and scenery can be at their best.
Brown County State Park
Many tourists visit Brown County State Park throughout the year and many of these arrive with mountain bikes. Brown County State Park offers 19 miles of bike trails with some of the most varied terrain imaginable and offer many skill levels with many multi-use trails. Berms, steep hills and even a trip through a rock garden can be found along the Brown County Trails. These trails have been said to have been some of the best in North America. Brown County plans for many more trails to be open by 2016 as Governor Mitch Daniels is looking to expand a statewide trail system for the state.
If you are a fisherman or a boater, then you will want to find your way to Indiana’s largest lake, Lake Monroe. Lake Monroe offers outdoorsmen 10,7501 acres of water for taking advantage of all of the water activities that are available. Lake Monroe offers camping and a full service hotel that anyone who wants to stay for awhile can take full advantage of. A quick trip to Lake Monroe will allow swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and a lot of fun.
Spring Mill State Park
Spring Mill State Park is another outdoor adventure that visitors and Hoosiers will want to be sure to take advantage of. This park is an endless opportunity of outdoor recreational activities. While hiking around the park, be sure to take a stroll through the early 1800’s as you walk around the Pioneer Village that is located within the park. Also, be sure to check out the newly remodeled Gus Grissom, a Hoosier astronaut, Memorial. Gus was the second man in space and was one of the 7 astronauts aboard the Mercury spacecraft. Picnicking, camping and many other activities are available at Spring Mill.
Patoka Reservoir at Patoka Lake
Patoka Reservoir at Patoka Lake is another area where outdoor recreational activities abound, You will find bike trails and hiking trails here as in many of the state parks . Visitors will also find fitness trail, which is unique compared to most parks. Golfing, boating, camping, fishing, Frisbee golfing, swimming, water skiing, and even archery sports can be found at Patoka and many visitors can find plenty of fun in this park in Birdseye, Indiana.
My final place of outdoor adventures is Marengo Cave. This is one of Indiana’s most popular attractions and is one of four caves in Indiana. Marengo Cave offers some history lessons as well as the cave was actually discovered by two children in the late 1800’s. This cave is open year round and offers many tour options for all visitors to be able to take advantage of the caves and all they have to offer.
Places like Lake Lemon, Hoosier National Forest, and the many state parks throughout Indiana offer outdoor activities , but these five are some of the best in the state. Here visitors can find a large number of activities to participate in and activities that will provide the entire family with a day or weekend of fun.