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Indiana State Parks

USA Parks
Southern Region
Spring Mill State Park
Spring Mill State Park © Rich Fowler
Box 376 3333 State Road 60 East
Mitchell, Indiana   47446

Phone: 812-849-3534
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 812-849-3534
Spring Mill abounds in endless opportunities for recreation! The restored pioneer village is a delight as you travel through time to the early 1800s.

Twin Caves is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours run on the half-hour; no advance registrations are accepted (sign up on day of tour only). No children under 3 years of age are allowed on the tour.

The operating hours for Pioneer Village are:

* Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. May through October * Additional days in March, April, November and December as posted. Open Select Days, refer to Spring Mill Program Schedules for dates.
History of the Area
Snuggled into a backdrop of stately oaks and rolling scenic hills, Spring Mill Inn has been one of Southern Indiana's best kept secrets for over 60 years. Spring Mill Inn is located in one of Mother Nature's most beautiful settings; Spring Mill State Park. Literally hundreds of thousands of travelers havedined at our tables, slept peacefully in our beds and snuggled up with a good book around our fireplace. The construction of the Spring Mill Inn began with the clearing of the site in 1936. In 1937, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) brought in native Indiana limestone from quarries in nearby Stonington. The limestone was used to build stone walls, laying the foundation work of today's wondrous structure. The CCC's were under the supervision of the Indiana Conservation Department Engineers Henry H. Morgan and Henry Prange. Before its completion two years later, however, there were several obstacles to overcome.

Financial consideration was one of the early obstacles. The State of Indiana did not have sufficient funds to build Spring Mill Inn as designed, so its east wing was deleted from the original design. Financing was finally obtained when the State of Indiana sold huge quantities of sand to the City of Chicago, IL to use as fill material following it's World's Fair. This money was dedicated for the Spring Mill Inn project. Construction bids were submitted several times and the Whittenburg Construction Company of Louisville, KY was finally awarded the marvelous task of constructing Spring Mill Inn on the CCC's foundation.

Located in cavernous Southern Indiana, a small cave was discovered beneath oneof the proposed wings, presenting yet another obstacle. Deep pilings had to bepoured for support that was necessary to straddle the cave, measuring some 15 by29 feet. Cooling this monstrous building was yet another obstacle. Earlyconsiderations were to pump cool air, from nearby Donaldson Cave, to cool theInn. This did not materialize, as it was feared the damp air might contribute toexcessive moisture and mildew in the structure. Air conditioning was added to the Spring Mill Inn in mid 1960's.

The original architectural design called for the building to be built of logs, so that it may blend with the Pioneer Village. A second, and more feasible design was later agreed upon using native Indiana Limestone on the facade of the building. The exterior structure remains essentially the same today as it did when it was completed in 1939. In 1976, a major renovation added a wing of 29 sleeping rooms, which was similar to the original East Wing deleted early in the project, a large conference room overlooking Spring Mill Lake, and an indoor-outdoor pool.

When Spring Mill Inn officially opened in 1939; Myron L. Rees was appointed its first manager. The dedication ceremony included such distinguished guests as Governor Clifford Townsend, Colonel Richard Lieber, State Representative E. Y.Guernsey, U.S. Congressman Eugene B. Crowe and State Entomologist FrankWallace. Representatives from numerous local civic groups and neighboringconservation departments were present as well as the leadership of the IndianConservation Departments. As "Father of the Indiana Park System", ColonelLieber was an especially honored guest for his considerable effort in the creation of Spring Mill State Park.
GeneralLand, acres1,300
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
CampingPrimitive, #36
 Electric Sites, #187
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterIce Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Roomsyes
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
* Electric / 187 sites * Primitive / 36 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Camp Store * Dumping Station

Area Attractions
Gus Grissom Memorial Now Open with New Exhibits

The Grissom Memorial honors Hoosier astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space. The Memorial tells the story of Gus Grissom's life and contributions to the space program. Exhibits include Grissom's space suit, one of the space capsules he flew in and many artifacts from his youth and adulthood.

* Cave River Valley Natural Area Management Plan * Picnic areas w/shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services * Boat Motor / Electric trolling only (limited access) * Caves / Donaldson & Twin * Fishing / Ice Fishing * Hiking Trails * Mountain Bike Trails (bike rental available) * Grissom Memorial * Inn Accommodations * Inn Restaurant * Meeting & Conference Facilities * Pioneer Village / Grist Mill * Volleyball & Other Games * Swimming / Pool (Policy)

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 11 Christmas in the Village by Pam Gilliam
Since you decided to take Christmas out of your Park, we will no longer be supporting.
March 12 spring mill a great place to visit/camp by todd&cindy
went there last summer 2014 for the first time the mill and village were spectacular the setting is beautiful and peaceful everything is beautifully restored the place is really excellent we are looking forward to going back this year and every year after that hope to see you there!
April 22 One of great camping places
We camp every year at Spring Mill and love the campgrounds. My son comes up from Tennessee to camp here and those of who live here locally gather at least one evening to grill out and visit. My only complaint is the shower houses need updating badly.

Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Cottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
20.6 miles from park*


Indiana State Parks