Friday, July 25, 2014

Church Avenue Park

Church Avenue Park
Church and Brames Avenue
Jasper, IN 47546
phone: 812-482-5959

Th e Church Avenue Park one acre park land features a shelter house, basketball court, tennis court, a playground, and horseshoe pits.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beaver Lake - Jasper, IN

Beaver Lake
N Beaver Lake Rd
Jasper, IN 47546

This 350 acre Beaver Lake park has 205 acres of lake. Beaver Lake offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Shelter houses and picnic areas provide an excellent setting for family gatherings. The Park and Recreation Department hosts the Annual Kids Fishing Contest which is held in early May. Located 4 miles east of Jasper, turn north off of State Road 164.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Celestine Park - Celestine, IN

Celestine Park
90 N Celestine Rd N
Celestine, IN 47521

Celestine Park features a community center, playground, sand volleyball, a small soccer field at the bottom of the hill, and a baseball/softball field. It is located near the Celestine Elementary School, which also has a playground and tennis courts.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buehler Park - Jasper, IN

Buehler Park
25th Street and Howard Dr.
Jasper, IN 47546

The three acre Buehler Park offers a shelter house, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields, a grill, a playground, and horseshoe pits.

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25th Street and Howard Dr.
Jasper, IN 47546

The three acre Buehler Park offers a shelter house, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields, a grill, a playground, and horseshoe pits.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

5th Street Park - Ferdinand, Indiana

5th Street Park
534 W 5th Street
Ferdinand, IN 47532
phone: 812-367-1780

The 5th Street Park in Ferdinand, Indiana has a playground, but the activities available for children are not limited to it. Four softball and baseball fields play host to various Little League games throughout the summer. In addition to the numerous ball fields, two soccer fields are also located behind the park.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

30th Street Park

30th Street Park
E. 30th Street ,
Jasper, IN 47546

The13 acre 30th Street Park includes shelter houses, ball fields, volleyball courts, and a playground.

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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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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fruits and Flowers Trail

Fruits and Flowers Trail

Auto tour of orchards, gardens, farm markets and restaurants in southwestern Indiana.
The Fruits & Flowers Trail includes orchards, gardens, farm markets and restaurants that celebrate local homegrown bounty. Visit each venue and pick up a local recipe to take home.
There's a unique recipe in each county! For more information, visit the website.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lions Riverview Park

Lions Riverview Park
160 Brucke Strasse
Jasper, IN 47546

The 5 acre Lions Riverview Park includes shelter houses, a playground, walking path, fishing, and a grill. Located right near the Patoka River, right next to the Jasper City Mill, and along the Jasper Riverwalk, this park is in a great location for the family to enjoy.

Walking Path

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Visual Arts & Krempp Gallery

Visual Arts & Krempp Gallery
Jasper Arts Center (more)
951 College Ave
Jasper, IN 47546
(812) 482-3070

The Krempp Gallery has been a showcase for local, regional, and nationally recognized visual artists in all mediums since 1984. The Visual Arts & Krempp Gallery features new shows each month and recurring exhibits including Youth Art Month, the annual Juried Exhibit, and the Visual Arts Committee Exhibit. The Visual Arts & Krempp Gallery is committed to its mission of promoting an appreciation of and participation in the visual arts for the community and Southern Indiana. Guest artists often accompany their work with gallery lectures or related workshops. Admission to the Krempp Gallery is free and patrons enjoy a wide range of pricing for original artwork. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Dave Buehler Plaza

Dave Buehler Plaza
Off 3rd Ave. near Patoka River,
Jasper,   IN  47546

The Dave Buehler Plaza, which is directly east of the Patoka River Bridge on Third Avenue, was named for the man behind the idea of a walkway along the river. The Dave Buehler Plaza area features restrooms, 4 shelter houses, fishing, boat access, grill, playground, horseshoe pits, and part of the Jasper Riverwalk (a 2.1 mile scenic walking path). For inquiry on reserving the shelter houses, please contact Jasper City Hall at 812-482-4255. Gazebo rental is $50 per day (plus tax) and shelters are $25 each per day (plus tax) .

Walking Path
Boat Access
Horseshoe Pits

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Friday, July 11, 2014

A Visit to Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison In, 47250

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There are two entrances to Clifty Falls State Park. The North Entrance is on State Road 62 a few miles west of its intersection with US 421. When you pull in this entrance, Clifty Shelter is to the right. This is a big shelter with lots of room for picnicking. There is a large field suitable for soccer, badminton, etc. The south entrance is on State Road 56, which also goes east into downtown Madison. Clifty Inn is on the left of this entrance after you ascend the hill.

Clifty Falls State Park Activities:
1414 Acres
Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services
Hiking Trails
Tennis & Other Games
Meeting & Conference Facilities - At Clifty Inn
Clifty Inn and Restaurant
Swimming Pool / Waterslide

Clifty State Park Hiking Trails
Twelve hiking trails that total 12 miles. Most of these trails are quite rugged. Trail 2, which follows the boulder-strewn Clifty Creek, bed, makes a tough and beautiful hike. The stair on the north end that leads to Clifty Shelter has been out of service for years, so there is no access to the Shelter from this trail. By stringing trails 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and 8 hikers can circumvent the Canyon. This "Canyon Loop" is approximately seven miles long and will take about six hours of leisurely hiking. It is necessary to hike a short distance along Clifty Drive to connect with Trail 6 at Hickory Grove with Tunnel Falls. The loop follows the east rim of the Canyon. Then it descends into the valley and crosses Clifty Creek. From the creek, it climbs a long, wildflower lush slope to follow the western rim of the Canyon. The last trail of the loop is Trail 8 that emerges just north of Clifty Shelter.

Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services
The nature center, located near Clifty Inn, has information on the park's interpretive and recreational programs.

Picnic Shelters
Clifty Shelter - located near the north gate off Indiana State Road 62. From this shelter, visitors may view Clifty Falls, picnic, use the large play field, hike or just relax. Hiking trails 8 and 7 begin near this shelter. Trail 2, which traverses the creek bed, is not accessible from the shelter.
Hickory Grove Picnic Shelter - Trail 6 begins here. This shelter overlooks the canyon. This is the first picnic area past Clifty Shelter, on the right as you drive south on the main road.
Oak Grove Picnic Shelter - The park road branches just past Hickory Grove. Keep going straight to get to this, the third shelter south of Clifty Shelter on the drive. Access to Trail 5, Tunnel Falls and the Tunnel is from this shelter.
Baby Beech Picnic Area - This picnic area, located near the swimming pool, has a large play field and access to hiking trails 9 and 10.
Poplar Grove Picnic Area - Poplar Grove has a large play area and access to Trail 3. It is on the main drive near the Canyon.
Cragmont Picnic Shelter - located on the east loop of Clifty Drive, this picnic shelter has a large playfield. There are no trails leading to this picnic shelter.

In addition to the six picnic shelters, visitors will find numerous picnic tables located in odd nooks and crannies along Clifty Drive overlooking the canyon.

Tennis & Other Games
There are tennis courts near Clifty Inn

Clifty Inn
1314 Clifty Hollow Rd.
Madison, IN 47250
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River, Clifty Inn has sixty-three rooms. Thirty-seven of these have balconies with a view of the Ohio River and downtown Madison Indiana. There is also an indoor pool. There are also four suites and banquet and conference rooms. Visitors may make reservations online.
Clifty Inn has a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Clifty Inn Amenities
Indoor swimming pool, Wheelchair accessible and available aquatic wheel chair.
Large sun porch to set back and relax while overlooking the Ohio River
Rooms and Suites to accommodate almost any need.
Sitting room - Nature Niche
Game room
Unique Gift Shop with Great Indiana products
Free Wireless Internet throughout the Inn
Complimentary Coffee/ Hot Tea Station
Satellite Television
Bonfire pit- overlooking the Ohio River
Free parking
There are many lounging areas throughout the Inn. These are great for games, playing cards, or reading that good book.
Full service Dining Room
Onsite catering for meetings or banquets
Free Wireless Internet

Clifty Falls State Park Waterfalls
Clifty Falls State Park draws its name from Clifty Falls that tumbles sixty feet into the canyon below. Clifty Falls is visible from an overlook near Clifty Shelter. Clifty Shelter is on the north end of the park. There are three other waterfalls in the park, none of which are visible from the main drive. Access Little Clifty falls after taking a short hike of about one quarter mile from Clifty Shelter. There are some impressive steps to climb on the way to this falls. Tunnel Falls, so named for its proximity to an old railroad tunnel, is just a short distance from the main drive around the park. Again, there is a stairway to descend down to the trail. Access the Hoffman Falls by descending another long stair down to the trail.
Big Clifty Falls - 60'
Little Clifty Falls - 60'
Hoffman Falls - 78'
Tunnel Falls - 83'

Camping at Clifty Falls State Park
The campground is near the center of the park. Signs will direct you there. The outdoor pool is near the campground. You may drive to it, or use Trail 9, a one-mile moderate hike from the campground. The campground has 106 Class A sites. It also has 59 Class C sites. Class A campers have access to modern restroom and shower facilities. Class C sites have pit toilets. Many sites will accommodate
Trailers. There are no modern wastewater hookups. Dump station available. Make reservations at this link.
Electric- 106 sites
Non-electric - 63 sites
Youth Tent Areas
Dumping Station

Swimming Pool / Waterslide
Clifty Falls State Park has a swimming pool, waterslide and wading pool. The pool is open Saturday before Memorial Day and no later than Labor Day. It is on the eastern part of the park and has access to Trails 9 and 10.

Observation Tower
A short hike up Trail 1 from the Inn, the Observation Tower provides a stunning view of the Ohio River Valley.

Nearby attractions to Clifty Falls State Park:

Madison, nestled among the hills on the banks of the Ohio River, is in one of the prettiest settings for a city in our state. With a population of about 12,000, it has a renovated downtown. Visitors will find antique shops, various retail establishments, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants. The riverfront boasts the awesome Riverfront Park. Bricked sidewalks with landscaped areas, this well designed park are the site of the Madison Regatta. This event features the Unlimited Hydroplane Race and boat races in which boats attain speeds of over 200 MPH.

The Ohio River Bridge here crosses into Kentucky via US 421.

State Road 56, east of Madison, goes towards Vevay, Rising Sun, and Lawrenceburg. It is about an hour or so drive to the riverboat casinos in Rising Sun and Lawrenceburg. The highway hugs the river for most of the distance and is a pretty drive. Along the way, you will pass Markland Locks and Dam. This facility controls the river level and makes the river consistently navigable for the barges. The locks are on the Kentucky side of the river. To visit them, drive over the bridge that spans the river over the dam.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spirit of Jasper Train and Depot

Historic and Beautiful Indiana Train Ride

Spirit of Jasper Train and Depot
201 Mill St
Jasper, IN 47546
phone: (812) 482-5959

All aboard the Spirit of Jasper for a scenic railroad excursion from the Jasper Train Depot. Ride in style on three beautifully renovated, climate-controlled lounge cars complete with restrooms, comfortable seating and a cash bar. The Spirit of Jasper offers a number of different kinds of train rides. These range from dinner trains, special excursions and a train ride to nearby French Lick, Indiana.

Enjoy your evening aboard the "Jasper to French Lick Express" which features a train ride to the French Lick Resort Casino and historic West Baden, Indiana. This rail trip covers twenty-five miles, takes two hours and travels through the second longest railroad tunnel in Indiana. Visitors have about three hours to browse the shops and sights of French Lick before the train returns to Jasper.

The "Ride & Dine" dinner train, which winds through the beautiful countryside of southern Indiana, allows riders to enjoy a wonderful meal as they enjoy the southern Indiana countryside on a classic Indiana railroad. The round trip dinner excursion covers eighteen miles, takes about two and a half hours and features a deliciious meal catered by Schnitzelbank, a local German style restaurant. There is a cash bar on the train.

There are additional special train rides available on select dates and times throughout the year.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scheaffer Barn

Scheaffer Barn
E 4th and McCrillus St.
Jasper,   IN  47546
(812) 482-4255

Built in 1845 by a Prussian immigrant family, this Scheaffer Barn resides in revitalized downtown Jasper near the Riverwalk. This historic barn originally stood in Ferdinand. A group of volunteers disassembled it and moved it to its current location in 2005 and 2006.

Hand hewn chestnut logs make up the Cantilever Overhang structure. Other construction features include half-dovetail notches, a 50-foot continuous beam, three log cribs with 26-foot hand-hewn feeding troughs made from a single white oak tree and a stone foundation. The Scheaffer Barn originally comprised two structures. In 1845 the Scheaffers constructed the original log barn. They built a grainary adjacent to the barn. They conbined the two buildings in the 1880's.

Today the Scheaffer Barn serves as a backdrop for many area events. 
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Jasper River Walk

Jasper River Walk

The Jasper River Walk stretches 2.1 miles from the Ruxer Golf Course on South Clay Street, to 15th Street. It follows the Patoka River through scenic wooded areas and along farm fields. Walkers, joggers and bicyclists can enjoy the Riverwalk without the worry of traffic. It also passes through the Dave Buehler Plaza and the Lions Club Park that is a handicap accessible playground.

The south end of the Jasper River Walk begins on South Clay Street at Ruxer Golf Course. Parking is available for those wanting to walk, jog or bike on the trail, which is also wheel chair accessible. A long footbridge that extends across the river also connects to the paved trail. The river runs along one side of the trail while open fields line the other side. The trail goes under Newton Street and proceeds along the rear parking lot of the movie theater. There is access to the trail from both the rear and front parking areas.

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Madison, Indiana

Madison, Indiana
County - Jefferson
- Total 8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
- Land 8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)
- Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2) 3.72%
Elevation 489 ft (149 m)
Population (2000)
- Total 12,004
- Density 1,402.9/sq mi (541.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47250
Area code(s) 812

The first settlers began populating the site now known as Madison, Indiana around 1806. The town was incorporated in 1809, seven years before Indiana became a state. It's location along the Ohio River caused it to become an important town in the early state's history. In 1836 the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad was completed, connecting the growing city with the new state capital. The state's first major highway was the Michigan Road, commissioned in 1828. Construction began that year and the road was completed in 1834. The Michigan Road, later to become State Road 29, ran from Madison, Indiana to Michigan City on Lake Michigan in the north. It ran through Indianapolis. So by the 1840's, Madison was connected to the northern part of the state by road and rail.

Over half of the pioneers settling Indiana passed along this road, and this influx of traffic allowed Madison, Indiana to grow. Competing rail lines caused the railroad to fail, and other routes opened up, causing Madison, Indiana to fall in importance while other cities grew. The population maintained itself from the Civil War until the late 1900's. A program of downtown renewal has resulted in the creation of a vibrant small city along the banks of the Ohio River. The historic downtown has been revitalized, a river walk built along the river and there are exciting events all year, making Madison, Indiana a picturesque and inviting town to visit.

Highways Indiana State Road 7
US Route 421
Indiana State Road 56
Indiana State Road 62
Clifty Falls State Park
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