Cave Boating, Above-Ground Canoeing
Check out amazing underground places when you explore all the caves and caverns in southern Indiana. Paddle a canoe along the Blue River and see Indiana’s first State Capitol in Corydon. Cap off your adventures with regional wine tasting.
About This Road Trip
“Spelunking” is just a fun word to say. And it’s even more fun to do when you’re in this part of the state with so many cave options. Indiana Caverns Adventure Park is the state’s newest cave park to explore. Your tour includes an underground boat ride, and you can also ride the Bat Chaser aerial coaster. The large rooms and formations in Marengo Cave make you feel like you’re in another world. And you can see underground streams and mine for gems at Squire Boone Caverns, named for the American pioneer who discovered the caverns in 1790. At Wyandotte Caves, you can choose between the Little Cave for an easy tour or Big Cave for a more rugged experience.
Corydon was Indiana’s government center from 1816 to 1825, and at the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, you can follow Indiana’s development from a territory to a state. See a copy of the 1815 Census that helped officials prove the territory’s population and take a walk to see the preserved trunk of the Constitution Elm, where it’s believed the original 43 delegates gathered to draft the state’s first constitution. Learn about more Indiana history and the southern Indiana cave system at the state-of-the-art Harrison County Discovery Center. And you can’t miss Butt Drugs while you’re in Corydon. This old-fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain has been making fun of its own name since it opened in 1952.
Grapes Were Born for This
The Harrison County area has four wineries for your tasting tour. Best Vineyards is a small farm winery that distills your favorite spirits in addition to premium wines. You can also pick your own raspberries and elderberries when they’re in season. Mark and Mary Kendall started Indian Creek Winery after doing a winery tour throughout the southeastern U.S. Take a seat indoors or out to enjoy scenic views and live music along with your wine and cheese platters. Quibble Hill Winery is housed in a two-story log cabin, where the bottom floor is the fermentation and production area, and the top floor is the tasting room. Take a tour and then relax on the lawn or deck as you sample from 30 wines at Turtle Run Winery.
Outdoor Rec Adventures
Paddle along Indiana’s Blue River for one day or several with Cave Country Canoes. They provide transportation to and from the river, a map, lifejackets, paddles and canoes. You might see deer, otters, beavers, wild turkeys and blue heron during your trip. There’s also canoe access in O’Bannon Woods State Park, which has a historic haypress and pioneer village, bridle trails and campground. Oh, and lots of lots of beautiful wooded trails.
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