Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Southern Indiana State Parks

We are so lucky in Vevay to be near so many incredible state parks. From former archeological sites to beautiful canyons to idyllic lakes, we have a diverse range of state parks in Southern Indiana. Whether you want to explore Indiana’s prehistoric past, fish in our beautiful Southern Indiana lakes, or see our incredible waterfalls, you should make a point to visit one of these Southern Indiana state parks during your stay at Schenck Mansion.

After you’ve explored these Southern Indiana state parks, grab a delicious meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Access our free Vacation Guide for a list of our favorite restaurants in Southern Indiana. From Madison to Vevay, there are plenty of great eateries from which you can choose. We’ve also listed great golf courses, family-friendly attractions, and interesting museums to explore during your stay.

Visit the Best Indiana State Parks

Versailles State Park

Located in Versailles, IN, Versailles State Park is the second-largest park in Indiana and is less than an hour away from Schenck Mansion. It features numerous fossils which tell of the ancient sea that once covered the region. While you’re visiting, we suggest renting a kayak, rowboat, or canoe and spending the afternoon on the lake. Make sure you have a fishing permit if you’re hoping to reel in a big catch! There are also plenty of hiking, biking, and horse-riding trails available. Check the events calendar before you visit! Versailles State Park hosts tons of great events during the fall, like a pumpkin festival or trick or treating!

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park stretches over 1,519 acres of land and feature creeks, canyons, and (of course) the waterfalls for which the park was named. The park’s trails are the biggest draw for visitors. There are 10 trails in total, ranging from easy to very rugged. Since Clifty Falls State Park is so large, hikers can see completely different vistas on each path. Check the events calendar before your visit to see if you can attend one of the park’s guided trails. If you can, attend The Waterfall Hike. It takes you through one of Clifty Canyons’ most scenic sections. You’ll be able to see five waterfalls during your hike as your guide shares facts and folklore from the area.


Near Southern Indiana, in Union, Kentucky

Big Bone Lick State Park

Named for the many prehistoric fossils found within the grounds, Big Bone Lick State Park is just a 40-minute drive from Schenck Mansion. The park’s Museum and Visitor’s Center is the best way to learn about the history of the area, from when ancient dinosaurs and mammoths roamed the grounds to when Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stumbled upon the area during their trek across the United States. Once you’ve brushed up on your history, hike the amazing trails that stretch through the park. Be careful: Big Bone Lick State Park is said to be haunted, with many visitors reporting strange occurrences.

From These State Parks near Southern Indiana to Schenck Mansion

After you’ve explored these incredible Southern Indiana state parks, return to Schenck Mansion for a night of relaxation. Our historic inn combines rustic charm and comfort with the modern amenities found in upscale hotels. Consider booking the Justine Schenck Room. It’s located on the second floor and overlooks the gazebo, water garden, and outdoor patio. The ensuite bathroom features an original walnut encased copper tub with shower and high-level toilet.  Browse the rest of our rooms and book your stay at Schenck Mansion today. We look forward to having you.