Friday, April 1, 2016

A Visit to Versailles State Park


Versailles State Park
Versailles State Park


Versailles State Park, located east of Versailles Indiana on US Route 50 is Indiana’s second largest state park. It includes 5905 acres, the 230-acre Versailles Lake, a public swimming pool and one of the finest campgrounds in the Indiana State Park system. The northern area of the park features an extensive Mountain Bike trail system. Horse trails occupy the southern reaches. Wonderful hiking trails, fishing and boating are in between. Events at the park include the Bluegrass Festival the first weekend in October, a magnificent 4th of July fireworks show and a Halloween even in late October.

Activities at Versailles State Park include:
Picnic Areas W/Shelters
Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal)
Boat Launch Ramp
Boat Motor / Electric Trolling Only
Rental-Canoe, Paddleboat, Rowboat, and Kayak
Bridle Trails (Day Use Only)
Fishing
Hiking Trails
Mountain Bike Trails
Camping
Rental - Recreation Building
Swimming / Pool / Waterslide

Versailles Lake
Versailles Lake


Picnic Areas W/Shelters
Versailles State Park Picnic Shelter
Versailles State Park Picnic Shelter
The park has six picnic shelters, most of which nestle in secluded coves overlooking Versailles Lake. There are also additional picnic areas scattered throughout the park. Reserve shelters for family reunions, church dinners or other group activities at this link. http://www.indiana.reserveworld.com/

Interpretive Naturalist Services
A naturalist is available three days a week from Memorial Day to the middle of August.  A seasonal interpretive naturalist offers hikes, educational and interpretive programs and evening activities. Program schedules available at this link http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2389.htm or (812) 689-6424. Exhibits on park’s natural and cultural history are on display at the Nature Center.
Rental - Canoe, Paddleboat, Rowboat, and Kayak
Paddleboats, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent at the marina. Visitors may use their own boats with trolling motors or oars on the lake.
Bridle Trails and Equine Day Use Facility (Day Use Only)
A horse day use area is located near Campground C. Equestrians may park their horse trailers here to load and unload their horses. A trail system for horses radiates out from the day use area that features twenty-five miles of trails. There is a tunnel passing under US 50, allowing access to the trails on the southern reaches of the park.
Fishing
Anglers may fish, with an Indiana State Fishing License, in the 230-acre Versailles Lake. Bank fish, use your own boat, or use a rental boat.
Versailles State Park Camping
Versailles State Park Camping

Camping
Electric / 226 sites
Group Camp
Youth Tent Camping Area
Dumping Station
The Class A campground has three sections with 226 electric sites only. There is no primitive camping. All sites accommodate tents or trailers and have electricity and fire rings. The campground has modern showers, restrooms, a playground and hot water. The campground is open year round. The restrooms, showers and other facilities close down from November until April. Winter camping rates apply during the winter months. Prospective visitors may reserve a campsite at this link. http://www.camp.in.gov/
Group Camping
Camp Laughery accommodates 120 persons. The complex includes sleeping cabins, kitchen, dining hall, shower house and a recreation hall. Camp Laughery is available from April through October, except for the recreation hall, which is open all year. Camp Laughery is near the Park Office. Reservations are available through the Central Reservation System. http://www.camp.in.gov/
Youth Tent Camping Area
The Youth Tent Camping Area includes three sites. Sites 1 and 2 will accommodate 25 tents each and Site 3 will house 35 tents. Each site has its own picnic shelter and fire ring and there is a pit toilet and water supply for the campground.
Camp Store
The camp store is located next to the Nature Center and swimming pool near the lake. Campers may purchase firewood and other supplies here.
Hiking Trails
Versailles State Park has about six miles of trails that make a wonderful hiking experience. The trails range from moderate to easy that traverse through impressive hardwood forests. Wildflowers blanket these forests in the spring.
Bluegrass Festival - Versailles State Park
Bluegrass Festival - Versailles State Park


Versailles State Park
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 205
Versailles, IN 47042
(812) 689-6424
Mapping Address:
1004 U.S. 50
Versailles, IN 47042

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