Where Can Your Subaru Go



So what adventures are awaiting you in your new Subaru?  The sky's the limit, but here's a few places to get you started.  Here is a top-ten list of Indiana state parks that all offer you a chance for some great family fun in your new Subaru.  Be sure to share your adventures with us on Facebook!

1.  Brown County State Park

Nicknamed the "Little Smokies" because of the area's resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the "hills o' Brown," but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana's largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.  The surrounding county and nearby Indiana town of Nashville are famous for their unique shopping, dining, arts and crafts, history, entertainment, and outdoor adventure opportunities.
Activities:
Nature CenterSheltersBridle TrailsPicnic TablesFishing / Ice FishingHiking TrailsMountain Bike TrailsTennis Courts
Open FieldsPlayground EquipmentSwimming / PoolCamping


2.  Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan's southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.  Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.
Activities:
Nature CenterPicnicking/SheltersAccess to Calumet TrailCross-country SkiingHiking TrailsFishing (Smelt Only)
Swimming / BeachBirdingCamping


3.  Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison is a state park for many seasons for many reasons. Patrons may enjoy visiting the park year round, especially in winter since Fort Harrison features one of the biggest sledding hills in the area. Spring is the season to walk with the woodland wildflowers in full bloom across the park. Summer is the perfect time for a canoe trip down Fall Creek, the major water feature that runs through the north side of Fort Harrison. Autumn brings warm, sunny days and breathtaking fall colors to this, the last forested corner left in Marion County.  At Fort Harrison, landscape and history blend together at this unique setting on the north-east side of Indianapolis. The 1,700-acre park features walking and jogging trails, picnic sites, fishing access to Fall Creek and two national historic districts. The former Citizen's Military Training Camp is preserved around the park office in what was once known as Camp Glenn.
Activities:
Dog ParkRecreation Buildings equipped with kitchenettes and restroomsNature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services
SheltersPicnickingHiking Trails / Multi-use TrailBicycle TrailFishingSaddle Barn w/ horse trail rides, hay rides
Inn RestaurantIce FishingSledding hill and cross-country skiingShelters (one shelter equipped with fireplace)


4.  Turkey Run State Park

You'll marvel at the natural geologic wonders of this beautiful park as you hike along its famous trails. Nestled along State Road 47 southwest of Crawfordsville, the park offers the chance to explore deep, sandstone ravines, walk along stands of aged forests, and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek.  Make sure to visit the Colonel Richard Lieber Cabin, which commemorates the contributions of the father of Indiana's state park system.  Turkey Run State Park is also located very close to Shades State Park which is a favorite for hikers and canoeists.  The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover's paradise.  Also on the property is Pine Hills Nature Preserve, which affords spectacular topography for those willing to take a fairly long hike.
Activities:
Picnic areas w/sheltersInterpretive Naturalist ServicesNature Center / PlanetariumCabins, Inn Operated
Rental - Cultural Arts ProgramsFishingHiking TrailsTurkey Run Inn Accommodations  w/ Indoor PoolInn RestaurantMeeting & Conference FacilitiesPlaygroundsSaddle Barn with escorted ridesTennis & Other GamesSwimming / PoolCamping


5.  Pokagon State Park

Pokagon State Park is located near Angola, just off I-69. The park was originally called Lake James State Park when proposed to be the fifth Indiana State Park in 1925. The name was changed to Pokagon State Park to acknowledge the rich Native American heritage of the state and region. Leopold and Simon Pokagon were father and son and the last two most notable leaders of the Potawatomi. The park's Potawatomi Inn takes its name from these Native Americans, who made their home in the area. The inn, with its up-north fishing-lodge theme, is one of the Midwest's most popular resorts and conference centers.  Natural lakes created by glaciers that melted 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, highlight Steuben County, which has more lakes than any other Indiana county. The park is framed by Lake James and Snow Lake, which offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing and scenic sunsets.
Activities:
Cross Country SkiingNature Center / Interpretive Naturalist ServicesPicnicking / SheltersMeeting & Conference Facilities
PicnickingPlayground EquipmentRental - Paddleboat, Rowboat and PontoonRental - Recreation BuildingSaddle Barn with escorted ridesSand Volley Ball CourtSwimming / BeachToboggan Run (seasonal)Camping


6.  Potato Creek State Park

Potato Creek is in north-central Indiana about 12 miles southwest of South Bend. The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment. Making reservations is advisable to enjoy some of the facilities at this very popular park.  A variety of natural habitats await, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Each offers unique opportunities for plant and wildlife observation.  Native peoples used the area for hunting and fishing.  Enjoy a family cabin with your loved ones in an Indiana State Park this year. The cabins offer privacy and comfort with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and modern bathroom facilities.  Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and trolling motors can be rented during the summer months.  Explore the prairie maze from mid-September through November.
Activities:
Nature Center/Interpretive ServicesPicnicking/SheltersBicycle Trail / 3.2 milesBoat Launch Ramps / 2Boat Motor / Electric trolling onlyBridle TrailsCabins / 17Cross-Country SkiingFishing / Ice Fishing / Fishing PierFish Cleaning StationHiking TrailsMountain Bike Trail / 6.6 milesPlayground EquipmentRentals - Bicycle, Canoe, Paddleboat, Rowboat, Kayak, Trolling Motors, Recreation BuildingSwimming / BeachTubing HillWildlife Observation AreaCamping


7.  McCormick's Creek State Park

Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls that highlight Indiana's first state park. Hike trails featuring diverse forest trees, spicebush, and native wildflowers, including a trail through Wolf Cave Nature Preserve and an accessible trail at the recently renovated nature center. Experience history as you climb the fire tower, use shelter houses or cross the stone arch bridge created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or examine the historic Statehouse Quarry near White River, which furnished limestone used for the Indianapolis Statehouse. Relax in the lobby of Canyon Inn, open to all park visitors, or watch birds from the dining room porch. Catch cultural events such as concerts in the park amphitheater or attend the several special events hosted annually at the park. McCormick's Creek State Park offers active enjoyment through all seasons of the year.
Activities:
Nature Center / Interpretive Naturalist ServicesPicnicking/SheltersHiking TrailsSaddle Barn & trail ridesTennis Courts
Recreation BuildingsRecreation CenterSwimming / PoolCamping


8.  Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.  The park today continues to illustrate how nature shapes us and how we shape our environment. A parcel of virgin timber sits in contrast to regenerated forest, a man-made lake struggles to survive against the in-flow of silt from cave-fed systems, and the native flora and fauna face challenges from man's introduction of new species.
Activities:
Pioneer VillageGrissom MemorialNature CenterNature NookTwin Caves Boat TourSchools and GroupsHiking & Biking
Lodging & DiningShelters & Picnic AreasPublic Swimming PoolCampstore / Hayrides / Bike RentalNature Preserves
Donaldson, Bronson, and Hamer CavesCamping


9. Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park, located off I-69 east of Anderson, features 10 unique earthworks built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. The largest earthwork, the Great Mound, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys indicate the mounds were used as gathering places for religious ceremonies, from where astronomical alignments could be viewed.  The White River was a trade and transportation route for the mound builders. Using dugout canoes, items were brought to the region. Copper from the north, shells from the Gulf, obsidian from the west and mica from the east have been found at the mounds.  Be sure to visit our Nature Center, which includes a wildlife viewing room, animal displays, interactive games and more. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm daily. Naturalist-led hikes and interpretive programs are offered every weekend throughout the year.
Activities:
Visitor Center and Gift Shop/Interpretive Naturalist ServicesPicnicking/SheltersHiking TrailsFishing (White River)Rental - Recreation BuildingCamp StoreSwimming / PoolCamping


10.  Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances on state roads 56 and 62. The park's waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal them at their best. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery.  Clifty Creek's stony bed is littered with fossil remnants telling of a long vanished marine ecosystem that teemed with life that included ancient corals, ancestral squids, brachiopods and more. Fossil collecting within Clifty Falls State Park is prohibited but nearby collecting locations are readily accessible.  Plan a park visit during one of the community's special events, such as the July Regatta hydroplane boat race or the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in late September.
Activities:
Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist ServicesSheltersPicnickingHiking TrailsTennis & Other GamesMeeting & Conference FacilitiesClifty Inn and RestaurantSwimming Pool / WaterslideCamping


All park information is courtesy of Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  Please check their website for complete information regarding reservations and regulations.