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Indiana National Parks

and Indiana State Parks

This Indiana National Parks and Indiana State Parks list will help you decide which of these wonderful family adventures will be right for your road trip vacation planning. Come see what the Hoosier State has to offer!

Are you ready to play with the family? Indiana national parks and Indiana state parks are the perfect place to explore the great outdoors and educate the kids as you go. Follow the trails, catch a few fish, and grow closer to your family in Indiana national and state parks no matter what season it is.

Use this family-friendly guide to all of the state and national parks in Indiana. Finding the best parks for your interests has never been so easy!

Indiana National Parks

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
This national park doesn't allow camping and you can't head out to the trails for an afternoon of relaxing hiking. What you can do is watch a short film about one of the most important battles in the American Revolution and educate the family about the history of this state and the country. There are costume reenactments at specific times each year.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Indiana National Parks:Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
indiana-national-parks-01; indiana dunes Head north to Lake Michigan to enjoy this of the Indiana national parks.

You can hit the trails on foot, either guiding yourself or walking with a park guide.

Or, you may want to hit the trails on horseback or stay away from them entirely and enjoy some leisurely fishing.

Bikes are allowed on the trails and in the winter cross country skiing is popular here.

Swimming is also an option.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
One of the most historic Indiana national parks, visit this state park April through September and you can enjoy exciting reenactments of what life was like for Abraham Lincoln growing up, a must see while you are road trip vacation planning. You can even explore his childhood home in this Indianapolis park.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


Indiana State Parks

Falls of the Ohio State Park
When your road trip vacation planning visit this state park for some unusual activities you won't find in all parks. You can look for fossils, explore the falls and the way they have been largely contained with a dam, or spend an afternoon bird watching. There are also walking trails along Indiana's side of the Ohio River.

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Potato Creek
Head southwest from South Bend and you will find one of the most popular Indiana state parks. This place is even more popular than all of the Indiana national parks, so you are advised to call ahead of time and set a reservation for your visit. This will cut back on the crowds and will ensure a more enjoyable experience. From prairies to wetlands, you will encounter a wide variety of terrain features here.

Potato Creek

Chain O'Lakes
This park is named Chain O'Lakes because it is made up of nine interlinking lakes. Most people who visit are there to head out by boat and explore the waters, but you can also stay on dry land for hiking and viewing an old one-room schoolhouse.

Chain O'Lakes

Clifty Falls State Park
indiana-national-parks-02; clifty falls The town of Madison harbors a park that is more than a hundred years old.

One popular pastime here is to park the RV and spend an afternoon looking for fossils by the falls.

You can get your RV into the park from either 56 or 62.

This is a great place to spend a day or two to get out of the RV and stretch your legs.

Clifty Falls State Park

Fort Harrison
This is one of the best Indiana state parks and Indiana national parks for families interested in fun learning adventures. You can learn about WWII prisoner of war camps and citizen camps that used to be held for the armed forces. Also called Fort Ben, this is a great place for walking and outdoor fun as well as learning about American history.

Fort Harrison

Indiana Dunes
The huge sand dunes located at the very end of SR49 are an amazing site to see. This park allows you to walk along the beach, take pictures of huge sand dunes, and enjoy the untamed natural wildlife of Indiana.

This is a nature preserve that has not been modernized or changed. A great addition to your road trip vacation planning.

Indiana Dunes

Harmonie
If you happen to be in the very southwest corner of the state, this could be a nice place to stop for the night or just to get away from it all for a while. This park is difficult to get to for some people and doesn't offer much beyond some trails going through the woods. It is far from the cities and bustling communities of Indiana, so it may appeal to some families who want to be secluded.

Harmonie

McCormick's Creek
This was the first state park to be named in Indiana and it remains one of the most fun parks for families. You can head out for horseback guided tours or have your little ones ride their first pony. There are also hiking trails, waterfalls, and a limestone canyon.

The Wolf Cave Nature Preserve can also be explored form the park. The park is located in Spencer, Illinois. You may have to check if the cave is open if that is your primary reason for stopping.

McCormick's Creek

Ouabache
Situated in Bluffton, Indiana, this state park is located right in what used to be major Indian territory. The primary activity here is fishing, but it could also be a good place to just look at the natural scenery and take pictures. It is close to Indianapolis.

Ouabache

Redbird State Riding Area
While road trip vacation planning head out to Dugger, Indiana with your four wheelers and other off-road vehicles. This is an old coal mine turned off-road adventure park that is tons of fun for the older members of the family.

Redbird State Riding Area

Shakamak
The family aquatic center recently added to this state park is a major attraction for families traveling through the state. This park consists of large man-made lakes that can be used for boating and fishing as well. It is located in Jasonville.

Shakamak

Spring Mill
What was life like in the early 1800s? You can explore that question and get the answers at the pioneer village remaining in this state park. Hike the trails but definitely take a stop off at the village to see how people lived here many years in the past. The park is located in Mitchell, Indiana.

Spring Mill

Tippercanoe River
Explore beautiful trails through nature and prairie reserves in one of the most popular Indiana state parks. You can't leave this one off a list of the best Indiana national parks and state parks. If you go in the summer the park is staffed and there will be more visitors to contend with.

The rest of the year you can just roll in and enjoy a lower visitor count and no fee for entrance. It is located in Winamac, Indiana.

Tippercanoe River

Turkey Run
This is one of the more expansive Indiana state parks and Indiana national parks, so plan to stay at the campgrounds for at least a couple days. The park is open all year round. This is a great place to teach your children about how the earth changes over time as you walk through some of the oldest trees you have ever seen, explored the caves, and witness the old sandstone gorges. This is located in Marshall, Indiana.

Turkey Run

Versailles
Enjoy the hills as you head into Versailles to visit this state park. You can walk over an old covered bridge or stick close to the lake and creek areas for casual boating and lots of fishing. This is a peaceful place to relax and just enjoy some time with your family.

Versailles

Whitewater Memorial
This state park goes between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana and was formed as a show of respect and love for the lost soldiers from the Second World War. The trails designated just for horseback riding are the biggest attraction at this park, but you will also find opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing as well.

Whitewater Memorial


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