Do you need to get out of Cincinnati and have a little adventure? Historic Corydon, Indiana is a perfect spot that’s not too far from here.
Whether you want to hike, spelunk, camp, or just enjoy a little nature, Corydon and Harrison County, just across the Indiana border from Louisville, is a great place to get away with the entire family. There’s tons to do—especially if you’re into the outdoors.
O’Bannon Woods State Park is the ideal spot for folks who like to strap on hiking boots (or get on their bike or a horse) and escape into nature for a few hours. It boasts 18 miles of day-use trails tucked into the southernmost part of Indiana. If your skill level is advanced, you can take the Adventure Trail, which is a 25.5 mile, three-day hike that has shelters for overnight stays along the way.
FOR CANOE ENTHUSIASTS
If you're one of these, chances are you probably own your own canoe. Bring it to boat the Blue River, which is 11 miles long and accessible from O’Bannon Woods State Park. Otherwise, you can head to Cave County Canoes and rent a kayak or canoe for a half-day, full-day, or 2-day trip. There are rapids, bridges, beaches, and forests giving it a lot of variety in just 11 miles. Your rental includes transportation to and from the river, maps, life jackets, and oars so all you have to bring is yourself and a lunch for the beach.
FOR THOSE WHO FISH
The Blue River is great for fishing! Be sure to get your license ahead of time if you’re over 17 years old, and you can find smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Indiana fishing regulations apply.
There are many caves in Harrison County. If you're into caves and history, this is the place for you. There are several caves to choose from:
- Wyandotte Cave is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This cave was used by Native Americans as far back as 8,000 B.C. to mine flint.
- Indiana Caverns Family Adventure Park includes the opportunity to take a 25-minute boat ride on an underground river, see Ice Age artifacts in the Big Bone Room, take a ride on an aerial coaster, and even kayak underground.
- Marengo Cave, which was discovered by two children in 1883, is a US National Landmark. It’s also considered the most profusely decorated cavern, with lots of stalactites and stalagmites. There are two trails to explore, a maze, and pedal carts.
- Squire Boone Caverns, which was founded by Daniel Boone and his brother, Squire, features the Rock of Ages, which is estimated to be a million years old. It also features ziplining and candy/soapmaking demonstrations.
To commemorate your adventure through the Indiana Cave Trail (Indiana Caverns, Marengo Cave, Squire Boone Cave, and Bluespring Caverns), you get a free t-shirt if you complete them all.
When you’re ready to book this trip (I'm sure you're convinced at this point), head to Historic Corydon and Harrison County, IN for more information on these attractions, as well as lodging, food, and more.