5 Top Outdoor Things to Do in Indiana State Parks


If you've been looking for an excuse to get out of town and take a vacation, why not make it one to remember?

Here are the top 5 things to do at Indiana State Parks




Bird Watching

Hot Air Balloon Tours

Of course, many Americans are aware of the first four ways to enjoy the parks. I bet you weren't expecting the last one!

There are many parks and natural areas in the southern Indiana area, with the town of Bloomington right at in the middle of them. This town can serve as a base of operations for your outdoor adventures, as well as a place to pick up supplies and a nice hot meal.

If you're a hiker, you'll find some of the best and most navigable trails at Leonard Springs Nature Park south of Bloomington.  

The best camping in Monroe County is easily secured at Paynetown Campground, right on Lake Monroe. It's recommended that you take advantage of the lengthy shorelines to explore. Bring your boat to the marina if you have one!

Fishing is very popular at Monroe Lake and some of the other nearby lakes. You'll find some great fishing spots at Paynetown State Recreation Area.

Bird watching is a therapeutic and fun activity for young or old. We recommend going to Charles Deam Wilderness to get the best look at species you want to check off of your list. 

For the ultimate adventure that you can enjoy whether the parks are open to visitors or closed, you'll want to take a hot air balloon ride over the Monroe County area. Bloomington Balloon Rides has the best flights and skilled pilots that make each scenic flight unforgettable. You can find out more about their hot air balloon rides at

This year has been one of uncertainty and disruption. If you're planning a getaway at one of the parks in southern Indiana, make sure and check websites or make calls before you finalize your plans. 

Southern Indiana has beautiful wilderness to relax and explore. We hope you get out and enjoy the fresh air!

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