Travel back to when Southern Indiana was covered by a salt water sea as you discover the world-renowned fossil beds that date back 400 million years. There are 220 acres of exposed Devonian fossil beds to explore. The Interpretive Center features a full-size mammoth skeleton, plus there are exhibits on geology, history, and cultural development of the Falls of the Ohio. Two spectacular audiovisual shows are also offered.
Blue River-Indiana’s First Natural Scenic River
112 Main Street
Milltown, IN 47145
812-365-2705 or 888-702-2837
Considered one of Indiana’s purest streams, this spring-fed river provides approximately 30 miles of waterway for fishing, swimming, and canoeing.
The 7,800-acre national wildlife refuge land and waters are protected and managed for wildlife and its habitat with a special emphasis on waterfowl, migratory birds, and endangered species. Open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Situated two miles from U. S. Hwy. 50, the forestry, which encompasses more than 7,000 acres in Jackson County, is part of the knobs topographical region of Southern Indiana and offers scenic views from Skyline Drive and other vistas, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding.
Starve Hollow is located 4.5 miles from U.S. Hwy. 50 near the location of Jackson County’s oldest community, Fort Vallonia. It was constructed in 1938 and offers a 145 acre lake, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, and fun.
Located in a former U.S. Army proving ground, Big Oaks is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. Visitors must go through a safety briefing before entering the refuge. With its limited human access through the years, nature has been well preserved for the wildlife. Hunting and fishing are permitted with valid licensing and an access permit into the refuge.
Enjoy amenities such as camping, fishing, hiking and mountain-biking trails, basketball and sand volleyball courts, soccer, baseball, and open fields, playground and picnic areas, shelters, wildlife marshes, and bouldering and climbing. The Walnut Grove School is restored to the 1913-1925 time frame and is open for tours.
Just off U.S. Highway 50 at Shoals stands the incredible natural geological sandstone formation, Jug Rock. The 60-foot high formation stands alone with no adjacent ledge and is one of the largest free-standing table rock formations in the United States.
Among several geological wonders which can be found on West River Road just off U.S. Hwy 50 at Shoals is the astonishingly beautiful Pinnacle Rock, a massive sandstone formation with a vertical descent of over 200 feet.
Located on the White River, Hindostan Falls was once the site of an 1800s community and pioneer courthouse. A grist mill was once located on a large flat rock at the base of the 10-foot falls. Today, Hindostan Falls is a public fishing and picnic area located on SR 550 just four miles east of Loogootee.
Scenic rugged hills and vistas can be found at the Martin State Forest. Facilities include a primitive campground, picnic areas and shelter houses, hiking trails, mountain bike trail, fishing, fire tower, and arboretum for tree identification.
Situated 1.2 miles west of Shoals at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 50 and SR 450, Overlook Park provides a scenic view of the winding White River and adjacent farms and valleys. Facilities include a shelter house, picnic tables, and restrooms.
Contact: French Lick Springs/West Baden Chamber of Commerce
The Lost River flows underground 22.5 miles from Orleans to Orangeville. The rise is one of the largest karsts springs found in the Midwestern United States. This spring is where the Lost River surfaces above ground and continues to flow above ground to the White River.