Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, you may feel yourself itching for some outdoor adventure. Don’t worry, we’ve tracked down 11 of the best places in Indiana to help you get your fair dose of adventure this spring. Check them out below.
1. Clifty Falls
Clifty Falls State Park in Madison offers year round adventure for those who seek it. The stunning waterfall changes dramatically by season, ranging from delicate mists, to massive plunges of water to icy, frozen displays. There are also hiking trails, a Nature Center, picnic facilities, and courts for outdoor games.
2. Marengo Cave
Marengo Cave is a U.S. National Landmark and arguably the most popular natural attraction available in Indiana. Take an hour long tour through the Dripstone Trail (roughly one mile) or explore the Crystal Palace in just over a half hour.
3. Pokagon State Park
Pokagon State Park (formerly Lake James State Park) offers a variety of activities to take part in. Go camping, swimming, rent a paddleboat, play volleyball, or enjoy a horseback ride through the gorgeous scenery. In the winter, you can even go skiing or tobogganing.
4. Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park has over 15 miles of adventure for you. Walk along the stunning coastline on the edge of Lake Michigan or revel in the beauty of the nearby woods with walking and hiking trails.
5. Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Adventure can be found in cities, too! The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a revolutionary community building trail that escorts walkers, runners, and bikers along 8 miles of historic scenery, beautiful art exhibits, through nature, and amidst great shopping and food.
6. Turkey Run State Park
Turkey Run State Park offers a variety of things for adventurers to partake in. Explore the sandstone gorges or walk through one of the park's ravines for starters. Head to the camp site and make a weekend out of it!
7. McCormick Creek State Park
Located in Spencer, Indiana, McCormick Creek State Park offers a large variety of trails and waterfalls, as well as a trail cutting through Wolf Cave Nature Preserve. Enjoy the best of Indiana wildlife at this fascinating park.
8. Spring Mill State Park
Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, IN has a lot to offer visitors. Pick one of the four main attractions: Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, or Twin Caves Boat Tour. Better yet, try them all!
9. Cataract Falls
Cataract Falls is actually Indiana's largest waterfall (by volume, of course). It's part of the Lieber State Recreation Area in Owen County and has a quaint covered bridge to check out as well.
10. Bluespring Caverns
In Lawrence County there is a breathtaking cave system known as Bluespring Caverns. In fact, it's noted as having the largest subterranean river in the entire country.
11. Zipline in Brown County
Fly through the woods and over bodies of water with zip line tours available in beautiful Brown County. Want to see just what you're in for? Watch the video below.
Indiana is a great place to explore and experience outdoor fun and adventure. What are some of your favorite spots in the state?