O'Bannon Woods Indiana State Park

O'Bannon Woods State Park
7234 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon, IN 47112
(812) 738-8232

O'Bannon Woods State Park boasts a variety of activities. Formerly Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area, the DNR changed the name to honor Gov. Frank O’Bannon. The former Indiana governor’s family lives and the area and has been active preserving local natural resources. Hikers will find over eleven miles of trails. Equestrians may ride their mounts over eighty miles of trails. Cave enthusiasts can explore the dark regions of Wyandotte Caves. This cave complex includes two separate cave systems - Sibert and The Big Cave. The Nature Center is features a restored pioneer homestead. The campground contains 234 campsites. Picnic facilities, scattered throughout the park, feature nine shelters. The Blue River provides access to the Ohio River and serves as a route for canoeists and other boaters.
Activities at O'Bannon Woods State Park

  • Camping
  • Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services
  • Picnicking/Shelters (Shelter Reservations)
  • Horse Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing / Boating
  • Hiking Trails
  • Family Aquatic Center
  • Hay Press Barn/1830's Pioneer Homestead
  • Wyandotte Caves

O'Bannon Woods State Park Camping
Electric - 281 sites
Horseman Non-Electric - 47 sites
Primitive Non-Electric - 25 sites
Group Camp: 100-bed self-contained structures
Dumping Station
Camping facilities at O'Bannon include full electric, primitive, group camping and a Horseman's campground. Campers may reserve one of the 234 campsites are in the modern campground at this link. Electric service in the campground is 50 amps. There are fresh water fill ups, shower facilities, and restrooms throughout the campground.  In addition to these sites, twenty-five primitive sites do not have modern facilities.  The Horseman's Campground has thirty-six sites with electric and modern restroom. A 63-site non-electric horseman campground is also located in the park.  There is also a youth group camp with two dormitories that sleep fifty each. The campground also has a meeting hall, and kitchen/dining hall. Stage Stop Primitive Campground, located by the Blue River, provides a camping area for boaters. Currently (2014) closed. Call (812) 738-8232 for more information. There are seventeen family sites, seven rally sites and seven family walk in sites. There are pit toilets and water hydrants. Tent camping only.

Hiking Trails at O'Bannon Woods State Park
The eight trails in O'Bannon Woods State Park provide a variety of hiking experiences. Rugged, moderate and easy trails traverse a variety of habitats. These range from a pleasant jaunt on bluffs overlooking the Ohio River to an easy hike through the Wyandotte Wetlands. The trails total over eleven miles. There is access to the Adventure Trail, a 25.5-mile rugged backpacking
trail through Harrison-Crawford State Forest in O'Bannon Woods State Park. It normally takes 2½ to 3 days to complete this trail. Five overnight shelters available first-come, first-use are along the trail. The
Trail blazes are green and white.

Description of Hiking Trails
Fire Tower to Rocky Ridge Bike and Hike Trail
(2 Miles)
Moderate To Rugged
The trail begins at the fire tower and travels west, intersecting with the Rocky Ridge Trail. Combined with the Rocky Ridge Trail and with a return to the fire tower this route provides 6 miles of mountain biking and hiking. Parking, comfort station and water are available at the fire tower.
Rocky Ridge Bike and Hike Trail
(2 Miles),
Trail A begins and ends near campsite 35. This loop trail passes through deep ravines and up scenic, rocky slopes. Parking and water are available at the campground.
Tulip Valley Trail
(2 Miles)
Tulip Valley Trail begins across from the Group Campground. It passes through the woods in front of Hickory Hollow Nature Center, and continues up the ridge to the campground. One mile of this trail is accessible from the Nature Center.
CCC Ghost Trail
(1.25 Miles)
This trail begins and ends at the Group Camp and follows both sides of a dry creek bed. Be prepared for long, steep climbs and rocky descents. Parking is available at the Group Camp.
Cliff Dweller Trail
(1.75 Miles)
This loop trail crosses a dry creek bed, follows a beautiful, spring-fed creek and has long stretches of climbing. Parking is available at the Pioneer Shelter House.
White-Tailed Deer Trail
(1 mile)
This trail begins at the entrance to Shelter House 2 picnic area and ends at the bottom of Shelter House 2 parking lot.
Ohio River Bluff Trail
(1.5 miles)
This loop trail captures vistas of what the early settlers saw while traveling down the Ohio River. Follow the rocky escarpment bluff, as it meanders down to the horse trail from Shelter House 2 and back to the lower parking lot. It then skirts under the edge of the bluff and up the rock staircase, built by the CCC, back to the shelter.
Post-Oak Cedar Nature Preserve Trail
(.8 Miles)
This trail is on Cold Friday Road, 1.5 miles south of the main property office. The Division of Nature Preserves requests that you register at the trailhead before entering the nature preserve.
Sharp Spring Trail
(1 Mile)
Easy To Moderate
This trail loops around the perimeter of Wyandotte Wetlands and passes Sharp’s Spring behind the lake. The parking lot shelter provides a beautiful spot for a picnic.

Horse Trails
The eighty miles of marked horse trails meander through the Harrison-Crawford State Forest. The Forest encompasses O'Bannon Woods.

Hickory Hollow Nature Center
At the Hickory Hollow Nature Center park, visitors will find the Interpretive Naturalist Service. The Center is open year-round.

Hay Press Barn/1830's Pioneer Homestead
Located near Hickory Hollow Nature Center, the Hay Press Barn is a working replica of an 1830's hay press. During the summer months oxen power the hay press, The 1830s farmstead depicts life as it was when the area was first settled. The Nature Center has extensive exhibits and a bird viewing area. It also features a restored pioneer homestead. This homestead has an authentic 1850's hay press in an old mortise and tendon barn. This is a unique apparatus from the nineteenth century.

Wyandotte Caves
Wyandotte Caves are within the confines of the State Park. Sibert Cave is open from March 1 through October 31 and is the smaller of the two caves. It has many beautiful formations. The Big Cave is open May 1 - September 30. It is currently (2014) closed for repairs. (812) 738-8232 for current information.

Fishing / Boating
Anglers may fish, with an Indiana Fishing License, in the Blue River. O'Bannon Woods State Park has four access points for the Blue River. Stage Stop Primitive Campground provides both access and river front camping for boaters.  The Lock and Dam 44 access site at the mouth of the Blue River provides a concrete ramp for access to the Ohio River.
Eleven miles of Blue River downstream from SR 462 bridge are available for canoeing, tubing and boating.

Family Aquatic Center
The swimming pool and aquatic center has a Zero depth multi-function 5,000 SF activity pool w/ three large slides, zero depth 2,200 SF children’s pool w/ island and spray features, and 1,750 SF spray pad, Bathhouse and Equipment Building. O'Bannon Woods State Park opened their new aquatic center in May 2007.
It has a pool lift with electric controls, water chairs for sprinklers and zero-entry pools.

Picnic Tables/ Picnicking/Shelters
There are nine designated picnic shelter sites. Other picnic shelters are scattered throughout the park. Ohio River Overlook Shelter 2 overlooks the Ohio River and has playground facilities. Three shelters may be reserved for family reunions and other functions. The shelters provide picnic tables, grills, toilet facilities. Back To Corydon

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