Spring Mill State Park

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Spring Mill State Park

Indiana

(812) 849-4129

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Overview

The main attractions at Spring Mill State Park include a Gemini space capsule and a recreated pioneer village that gives a fairly accurate depiction of the time it represents. It also features several caves, including Twin Caves and Donaldson's Cave. These caves are in the center of the karst area of southern Indiana, and you'll notice lots of sinkholes and other karst features. Spring wildflowers are good, and there are some fine old trees along the trails, particularly north of the pioneer village.

Notice: All caves and sinkholes on DNR properties except Twin Caves are closed to provide protection from White-nosed syndrome, a fungus that is killing bats in large numbers in the Northeastern U.S. and is now spreading west. However, privately-owned show caves such as Marengo Cave, Blue Springs Cavern and Squire Boone Cavern, remain open to the public for tours.

Map of Spring Mill (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.732842, -86.417411

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Activities

  • Boating

    Privately owned boats may be launched on lake. Only electric trolling motors, powered by no more than two 12-volt batteries, are allowed. A DNR Lake Permit is required.

  • Bicycling

    Rent a mountain bike to use on the designated two-mile mountain bike trail or on the hike/bike lane around the park. The trailhead is located near the campstore. Bicycles are permitted only on paved roadways.

  • Camping

    The campground is equipped with flush toilets, hot water and showers. Occupancy is limited to 14 consecutive nights. Electricity, modern restrooms, hot showers, and dumping station are available. Reservations can be made through the Central Reservation System. The camp store is located near the campground entrance. Film and camp supplies are for sale. Alternative accomodations exsist at the park Inn, which is open all year. All rooms have a private bath, telephone, color TV, and air conditioning. The dining room is open to all park visitors, serving a complete menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An indoor/outdoor pool and full conference facilities are also available. No pets are permitted. Reservations are available through the Inns Reservation System.

  • Caving

    Boat ride tours into Twin Caves are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The ride goes approximately 500 feet into the cave, then turns around. Several interesting features may be seen on this tour. During heavy rain periods, the caves may be too flooded to offer tours. Tour times are set each morning. Plan to arrive half an hour before caves open. Please note that this is the only cave open to tours in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources system. All other caves and sinkholes on DNR properties are closed to provide protection from White-nosed syndrome, a fungus that is killing bats in large numbers in the Northeastern U.S. and is now spreading west. However, privately-owned show caves such as Marengo Cave, Blue Springs Cavern and Squire Boone Cavern, remain open to the public for tours.

  • Fishing

    Bass, bluegill, trout and other small game fish can be caught at the park. A state license is required.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is one of the most popular activities at Spring Mill because of its eight different moderate to rugged trails.

  • Historic Sites

    The park's Virgil I. Grissom Memorial is a tribute to America's second man in space. "Gus" Grissom was a native of nearby Mitchell. His space suit and Gemini III space capsule are on display. The memorial is open daily all year. There is no admission fee. Another attraction, the Pioneer Villiage features a grist mill and 20 log cabins staffed with various interpreters. The site also includes pioneer log houses, Mercantile, apothecary shop, shoemakers, tavern, distillery, weavers, meeting house, pioneer garden, carpenter and blacksmith. No pets are permitted in the village.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic areas offer tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment. Reservations for shelters are available through the Central Reservation System.

  • Water Sports

    The recreation center provides an Olympic-size pool with bathhouse and wading pool. Swimming prohibited in other areas of the park.

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Directions

Driving

Drive south of Bloomington 37 miles on State Route 37 and east on State Route 60 at Mitchell. The park is on the north side of the highway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(812) 849-4129

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