Hike, bike, and float through these beautiful landscapes across the state of Indiana.
Geographically diverse, there are dozens of Indiana State parks with varied landscapes that include coastlines, lush forests, and dramatic waterfalls.
Brown County State Park
It is Indiana’s largest state park. The tree-covered landscapes are magnificent, especially during fall foliage season. And 20 miles of scenic roads afford stunning vistas any time of the year. After a morning of hiking or mountain biking on trails that wind through rugged ravines and across streams, embark on a horseback ride or fishing excursion.
Turkey Run State Park
Spend your afternoon exploring the extraordinarily beautiful topography of Turkey Run State Park. A verdant landscape of mossy canyons, waterfalls, and winding streams, this lush environment can be traversed by an interconnected network of ladders, bridges, and hiking trails. Also, your park itinerary should include stops at the Colonel Richard Lieber Cabin (which commemorates the founder of Indiana’s state parks system), the suspension footbridge above Sugar Creek, and the saddle barns (for groups interested in guided horseback rides).
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
It hugs Lake Michigan for 15 beautiful miles with its signature sand dunes. Sport and sunbathing opportunities await groups along the water at seven available beaches; however, hiking and biking trails pass through Miller Woods and the Great Marsh. Interested in history? Your group can tour the Bailly Homestead, a popular rendezvous for Canadian fur traders, and Chellberg Farm, a historic farmstead; that grants a peeked into Swedish immigrant life in the 19th century. An expansive system of boardwalks lets visitors traverse the mounds and see neighboring Illinois and Michigan on clear days.
Clifty Falls State Park
Especially beautiful during the autumn months, Clifty Falls State Park is a pocket of scenic splendor just outside the historic Ohio River city of Madison. Deeply cut gorges and sheetrock walls, along with four major waterfalls and numerous minor ones, create a wonderland for serious hikers. Moreover, the trail system is one of Indiana’s most rugged. Nature enthusiasts may spot marine fossils in the 425-million year-old shale and limestone rocks.