Adventure, amazing views, and a good work out are all things gained from time spent outdoors. While we’re getting into the part of the year when Indiana state parks are most popular, you can actually check out these places any season.
Discover outstanding views, hidden lakes, wildlife, and much more when you travel the forested parts of the Hoosier state.
1. Whitewater Memorial State Park
Created in 1949, this is the third largest state park in Indiana. It is situated east of Indianapolis near our border with Ohio. Within its 1,700 acres, there is a 200-acre lake, hiking trails, and horse trails, and guests may hunt, fish, or swim. Explore the best of the great outdoors at 1418 S State Road 101, Liberty, IN 47353.
2. Versailles State Park
This is a fun recreational area located along Laughery Creek, which is southeast of Indianapolis, closer to Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a great place to camp, hike, fish, and boat. The second largest state park in Indiana, it features a 230-acre lake and a swimming pool. Discover the most amazing activities and views at 1387 US-50, Versailles, IN 47042.
3. Prophetstown State Park
This is Indiana's newest state park, though it opened in 2004. Named for a leader of the Shawnee, this place is full of biking and walking trails, camping spots, picnic shelters, and some of the most amazing views you'll ever see. Catch it all at 5545 Swisher Rd., West Lafayette, IN 47906.
4. Ouabache State Park
Pronounced the same as Wabash, this little-known place is 30 miles south of Fort Wayne on the north side of the state. The Wabash River runs through it, and locals love to stop by in the summer for beach access. See it for yourself at 4930 IN-201, Bluffton, IN 46714.
5. O'Bannon Woods State Park
Spanning 2,000 acres, this marvelous place features underground caves and mountains. It is part of the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, and the Blue River runs through the park. It is located at 7234 Old Forest Rd. SW, Corydon, IN 47112.
6. White River State Park
Spanning 250 acres of Indianapolis, this is one of those state parks you don't even realize is there. It is home to museums, a zoo, gardens, and many more amazing attractions you just have to see. Check them out at 801 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
7. Brown County State Park
With 16,000 acres, this is actually Indiana's largest state park, still many do not know about it. Some say it resembles the Smoky Mountains, and guests will find ample opportunity for hiking, biking, camping, and more. Stop by 1810 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448 to check it out.
8. Hardy Lake State Park
Stretching more than 2,000 acres, this gorgeous patch of green is a great place for fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and viewing wildlife. Surrounded by limestone bluffs and caves is a 741-acre lake. Get yourself to 4171 E Harrod Rd., Scottsburg, IN 47170 for all the fun.
What other little-known state parks do you love visiting? Share your favorites with us in the comments below.