Parks are some of the best places to enjoy a cool breeze with the sun shining warmly, some nature away from the concrete jungle we’re so used to, and a spot to just enjoy with peace and tranquility. So if you’re looking for such a place to take a break from the stresses of work or school, then here are the 4 Best State Parks in Indiana.
Spring Mill State Park
The first on this list, is the ever so popular Spring Mill State Park which most travelers find extremely comforting. But this park isn’t just your typical, run of the mill park with benches and lakes. This park gives people a certain connection between the natural and cultural worlds.
In this park, is a preserved village, which is the main highlight actually, that is said to have started from the 1800’s. This is the usual destination for most tourists, because here they’ll be able to immerse themselves in an old fashioned livelihood. And not only that, but certain caves are accessible to certain self-guided recreational groups, along with a Grissom Memorial, to commemorate the second American to ever go into space.
Indiana Dunes State Park
Up next in this list, is the Indian Dunes State Park. The park consists of 2.181 acres of historic, indigenous, and beautiful terrain. It has at least three miles of a breathtaking beach alongside Lake Michigan, and sand dunes towering over 200 feet. Truly, this is one park that everyone in Indiana must visit at least once.
This park actually has quite a bit of history to it. In the 1900’s scientists, nature enthusiasts, and recreationists realized that the sand dunes of this beach were something to be preserved for further study, research, and to just help the environment. Because of this, in 1925, the beach was officially established as a park so that it may continue to prosper for everyone to use. Certain vegetation has begun to grow and provide habitat for animals. More than just that, the park has a wide variety of habitats such as forests, marshes, and of course the amazing and beautiful beach.
Clifty Falls State Park
More than just a park, this site is also a popular destination for hiking, and has an astounding waterfall along with a canyon for sightseers and all to see and appreciate. With 1,416 acres of pure nature, you’ll be sure to get your sense of adventure here and much more.
It has a total of four waterfalls, Big Clifty Falls, Little Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls, and Tunnel Falls. All of which are accessible to the public. Along with that, you can also set up camp at their designated sites and can even see the Ohio River from the Clifty Inn. So this definitely isn’t your ordinary park, which makes it all the more interesting to traverse.
Fort Harrison State Park The 1,700 acre park is one that is full of fun and amazing things to do, along with some history for all those interested in it. That part of history taking form in and old World War 2 Prisoner-of-War camp. Also, here the visitors can partake in activities such as fishing, cycling, running, horseback riding, and picnicking. And if you go around enough, you can ask some of the naturalists to answer your questions about the environment.