Monday, April 4, 2016

A Visit to Spring Mill State Park


A Visit to Spring Mill State Park
A Visit to Spring Mill State Park
Spring Mill State Park - Indiana History Comes Alive Space age and pioneer history collide at Spring Mill State Park. The park's pioneer village depicts frontier life in the nineteenth century. The Gus Grissom Memorial celebrates the life of a local space age hero, Gus Grissom, an astronaut who participated in the Mercury and Apollo Space Programs. These two facilities combine to relate the history of this interesting area. The many attractions at the park include:

Spring Mill Pioneer Village
Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails
The Spring Mill Inn
Gus Grissom Memorial
Modern and Primitive Camping
Twin Cave Boat Tour
Spring Mill Pioneer Village




Spring Mill Pioneer Village
Spring Mill Pioneer Village
Spring Mill Pioneer Village
The park's main feature is the restored pioneer village. The village includes over twenty log structures and an operating water wheel that powers a gristmill and sawmill. During the summer months, park staff dressed in nineteenth-century garb, run a loom, a blacksmith shop and a potter's shop. Artisans also create leather and wooden items using period tools. Visitors may watch the gristmill grind corn and see the sawmill cut boards from logs, all with waterpower from the robust stream that passes through the park. A garden demonstrates plants that the pioneers grew for food and medicine. Visitors may ask the gardener about the various crops that the villagers grew.


The Spring Mill Inn
The Spring Mill Inn provides comfortable rooms and a great room with a fireplace for people to read, play games or just relax. The inn's dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to residents of the hotel and the public. Guests will also find an indoor/outdoor pool and banquet facilities for events.

Modern and Primitive Camping
The campground includes both modern and primitive camping facilities. There are almost 200 modern sites with electricity and fire rings. The campground also has showers and restrooms. Primitive campsites do not have showers, modern bathrooms or electricity but do have fire rings.
Gus Grissom Memorial
Gus Grissom Memorial

Gus Grissom Memorial
The space program defined America in the 1960s and the drive to be the first nation to put a man on the moon gave pride to the entire country. This program produced its own set of heroes. One local hero, Gus Grissom, gave his life for this effort. Hailing from nearby Mitchell, Indiana, he flew in the second Mercury mission on July 21, 1961. His death occurred during a pre-launch practice for Apollo 1 on January 27, 1967. The Memorial contains Grissom's Gemini III capsule, helmet, spacesuit and other NASA artifacts. Visitors do not need to pay a state park entrance fee to visit the Memorial as it is just outside the main gate. Trail 6 begins and ends near the Memorial. This handicap accessible paved trail goes through a portion of the Donaldson Nature Preserve.

 Twin Cave Boat Tour

Twin Cave Boat Tour
Twin Cave Boat Tour
Available from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the boat tour travels five hundred feet into Twin Cave. This memorable tour allows visitors to see cave creatures.


Spring Mill Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails
Spring Mill Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails
Spring Mill Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails
There are almost 10 miles of hiking trails at Spring Mill State Park ranging from rugged to easy. Most of these trails traverse through forested areas. There is a two-mile mountain bike trail near the Camp Store where visitors may rent mountain bikes.

Wonderful Vacation
If you are looking for a memorable vacation spot, Spring Mill State Park could fit the bill. With nature, history, comfortable lodging and dining facilities the park is a wonderful place to spend a week or a weekend. For park information, call (812) 849-4129.
A Visit to Spring Mill State Park
A Visit to Spring Mill State Park provides the potential visitor to the area with all the infomation needed to assure a fun, memorable vacation.

The Indiana State Park Travel Guide Series will encompass all the family friendly Indiana State Parks. Indiana’s State Park system is one of the finest in the United States. With great hiking trails, history, and nature, there is something for everyone at an Indiana State Park.

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