Linking the Natural and Cultural World
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.
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.
Electric / 187 sites
Primitive / 36 sites
Youth Tent Areas
Open Year Round
- Pioneer Village
- Grissom Memorial
- Nature Center
- Interpretive Services
- Nature Nook
- Twin Caves Boat Tour
- Schools and Groups
- Hiking & Biking
- Lodging & Dining
- Shelters & Picnic Areas
- Swimming Pool
- Campstore / Hayrides / Bike Rental
- Nature Preserves
- Donaldson, Bronson, and Hamer Caves
A Treasure of Indiana History
Spend some time exploring our underground cave world, watch our restored grist mill in action as it produces biscuit, pancake and muffin mixes, and don’t forget to take home a souvenir from our rock shop. It’s Indiana’s largest, with over 100 varieties of gems and minerals. Check our website for opening times of our Pioneer Village and for special events.
Harrison County Parks are open year round, whether you want to stay in a cozy cabin at Buffalo Trace Park, camp or just enjoy one of our walking trails. The new Harrison County Discovery Center is open daily too, located in downtown Corydon Indiana, just across the street from the original Indiana State Capital.
Dubois County Museum
One of the largest county museum in the state of Indiana, this 50,000 sq ft. museum showcases the rich German heritage and history of the area. Walk through “Main Street Dubois County,” featuring 17 rooms reminiscent of the 1890s. Enjoy hands-on children’s area, log cabin, historic progression of farm machinery, and numerous exhibits including those on sports and military, the furniture industry, early settler life, and the new Wildlife Adventure Room, showcasing wild game from all over the world.
Indiana's Longest Cave
Enjoy a variety of experiences at Indiana’s newest show cave: heights, depths, waterfall, formations, ancient animal bones and a boat ride! Our 80-minute tour is available daily all year.
This awe-inspiring Monastery, founded in 1867, is home to one of the nation’s largest communities of Benedictine sisters. The distinctive, Romanesque dome rises majestically over the town of Ferdinand, standing 87 feet from the floor. Gold leaf accents, marble floors, elaborately carved wood, stained glass windows, and beautiful statues will leave you in awe. Throughout the church, 89 angels are present. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Also on the Monastery grounds enjoy the gift shop, bakery offerings, Lourdes Grotto, and the St. Benedict’s Brew Works Brewery.
O'Bannon Woods Pioneer Farmstead
O’Bannon Woods has a wide variety of activities and exhibits throughout the year. The homestead site is a fascinating re-creation of a mid 19th century farmstead and buildings.