Covering more than 1,300 acres, Spring Mill State Park blends fascinating history with some of Indiana's most pristine natural scenery. Located on the site where water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s, the park is found south of Bloomington.
Today, visitors can explore the history and ecology of the area in the park's four interpretive facilities --
the Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, and Twin Caves Boat Tour. The restored Pioneer Village is open from May through mid-October and contains 20 historic buildings. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed to join you in this part of the park.
Some caves in the park are open for self-guided recreational groups, while Twin Caves Boat Tours take you through a stream passage to marvel at cave formations and search for cave animals.
The Nature Center overlooks Spring Mill Lake and contains a range of exhibits on the park’s natural and cultural history, while the Grissom Memorial honors astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom and contains several fascinating artifacts.
Other park features include hiking trails, a swimming pool, boat rental, picnic shelters, and bike rental, not to mention a peaceful campground.
The Spring Mill State Park campground boasts 187 electric sites, 36 primitive sites, and youth tent areas. Pets are welcome to stay with you in the camping area, but you'll need to remember to abide by all park rules and regulations. This not only means that your pet must be leashed (leash must be six feet or shorter) and under control at all times, but also that you must clean up after your dog and dispose of their waste properly.
If you can stay on top of these simple but essential responsibilities, you and your furry friend will surely have a grand old time in this historic and beautiful state park.