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Spring Mill State Park
SPRING MILL STATE PARK
SPRING MILL STATE PARK
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 State Park
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'Chipmunk'

Spring Mill has a great variety of wildlife, such as deer, turkey, great blue heron, as well as squirrel, and geese.

Spring Mill State Park
'Donaldson Cave'

Donaldson Cave Now closed to hiker due to WNS white nose syndrome that is associated with killing bats at an alarming rate. By closing the cave to hikers they hope to stop the spread of this condition and preserve the bat population in Indiana and the nation

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'CCC Bridge'

The Civilian Conservation Corps CCC played an important part in restoring the village and other projects within the park, including the lake, shelters, roads and trails.

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'Spring Mill Lake'

View from trail 5, near the dam.

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'Grist Mill'
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The Grist Mill stands ready

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'Inner workings'
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Wooden gears and shafts are driven by the water wheel

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'Step Back in Time'

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'TREE'
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Sunrays captured thru tree in Spring Mill Park

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'Water wheel'
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The water wheel runs the milling process.

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'Buzzards'
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Turkey Buzzards relaxing.

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'Rapids'
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Small rapids of the creek in Spring Mill Park.

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'Wood Carver'
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Wood carving demonstations at Spring Mill Park.

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'Spring Mill'

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'Old mill before snow melts'

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'Old mill as snow melts'

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'Mill at Spring Mill Park'
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Mill at Spring Mill Park, Indiana

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'Creek'

This is the creek that runs thru Spring Mill State Park

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'Back in time'
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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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1300
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
CampingPrimative, #36
 Electric Sites, #187
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterIce Fishingyes
 Activitiesyes
AccommodationsLodge Roomsyes
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
* Electric / 187 sites * Primitive / 36 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Camp Store * Dumping Station
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Boats and RVs
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
59.3 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
20.6 miles from park*


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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)
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
20.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
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.
April 21 an enjoyable evening escape lost by Mike
I recently completed our annual task of sorting last yeara?Ts receipts which reminded me of the frequent midweek evening trips and weekend visits to enjoy Spring Mill and a meal at the Inn. But we have not returned after a couple of disappointing evening meals lacking variety. As an example, for our anniversary in March, the two of us had to purchase three meals to get salads and main dish. Since it was a special evening, we stayed and enjoyed it but purchasing three meals made the cost unproportionate. We split the main dish. When the annual receipts are sorted next year, the Spring Mill stack, sadly, will be greatly diminished. Also makes for a wasted annual pass. We had followed another car entering the park up to the inn one evening. When we entered the restaurant, that visitor was coming out and left after hearing the disappointing menu options and limited bar. In hindsight, we should have. The waitress was very kind and tried to accommodate anyway she could but the manager restricted her. The food was excellent as usual but the variety and particularly the lack of the option of the salad bar with a main dish combination was very disappointing. The salad bar with a main dish use to be offered during slow months.
September 27 kids of all ages by Mike Kitchen
Took my family camping at Spring Mill this summer, the whole family enjoyed it. We never ran out of things to do. The young boys were always waiting the next adventure and wore out by bed time. I just wish they would build some primative and family cabins. We will be back again and again
July 11 A fun place for families!
We were at Spring Mill this past weekend camping with my sister and her family. It was our first time at the park. We had a wonderful time. There are a lot of activities for kids to do. We went hiking, swimming and toured the pioneer village. I would recommend it highly.
July 4 Best Overall Park and Inn by Family Favorite
I came to the Inn in 1982 when I was a kid. Now I have been bringing my family and children since 2001. My two teenage girls love the Ping Pong table in the Inn. It is made from a tree from the Park. The trails and Pioneer village are a great way to see nature and a living histroy museum and it is FREE. If you like history see the cemetery at the top of the hill where the pioneers who lived in the park area are laid to rest. Food at the Inn gives variety and has tasty desserts. Go anytime of year and you will have something to enjoy.
June 30 The best state park in indiana by j.p craven
I have been going to spring mill my whole life.I am now 33 years old i am starting to take my family and make memories with the them there.It is such a beautiful park the trails are excellent to hike.The village is really neat to go through.It makes you feel like you are back in time.The campground has excellent sites for camping in a tent.I am very thankful to live in a state that has parks as neat as Spring Mill to go.It is important that we preserve our parks so our childrens children can enjoy them to.
June 8 been going here for years by Tim M.
my family has held reunions there for years and i have been coming here camping for years, i have used both the primitive sites and prefer the electric sites though especially during the summer so can have fans. ive read some of the other reviews on here and most i agree with, as with any other place with public showers and restrooms its always a good idea to bring your own supplies especially if it is popular place like this one got a couple hundred people using facilities things go quick.. as far as best sites as one person asked there are alot, best suggestion i can give on best sites is to go there once before your planned trip, if you ask they will give you a map and let you drive through and you can mark sites you would prefer to stay in and plan accordingly. i have one i have marked with around 50 real good level/shaded areas which level not really being a worry in a camper it makes a big difference in a tent so ya dont end up in a ball in a corner of it in the morning. lol. started coming here before i can remember, if i wasnt camping on family land i was campping here. 40 years later if i am not camping on family land i am camping here, i have tried other places but none are as good as spring mill has always been for us.. always something to do or somewhere to go, or just lazily hanging around the campsite, it always makes for a nice couple days to get away. i am headed there this weekend and i dont expect it to be any different.
April 18 Spring Mill Inn by Pam Cunningham April 2011
My husband and I find peace and comfort at the Inn. My husband loves the fall and the persimmon tree at the beginning of the walk into the Pioneer Village. What a beautiful Indiana Park. We are looking forward to our stay in October this year!!
March 30 a long time destination by misty tuttle
i have been coming to springmill since i was 8 and im now 34. now i bring my kids and we all love it!!! no other state park compares. keep up the good work !!!
February 10 We were married here!
My husband and I love this park. We come every year to spend time and enjoy the park. The campground is one of the best in the state, and the village is beautiful.
November 6 Very Nice Park by kbfarmtoys
My family is pretty new to camping and were told that this is the busiest time of year, but wow, the campground was PACKED - I think the key for us is to just go during the week. The restrooms were okay, but not great - they ran out of toilet paper a few times and the showers need work. We saw the pioneer village, which was amazing and well-kept. We hiked a few trails, which were nice and kept up well for the most part. The boatride in the cave is a must - it is not too long, which was perfect for my kids (and cheap too, only cost $12 for my entire family). The 2 story nature center was awesome, although I found it weird and no personnel was there. I would definately recommend this park.
November 4 My favorite vacation destination! by T C Butler
I have visited this park too many times to count over the past five decades. For the past ten years, I have stayed at the inn for my vacation. I can spend my vacation almost anywhere on the continent; however, I choose to stay at Spring Mill. I thoroughly enjoy the peace, serenity, and solitude at Spring Mill State Park. I highly recommend it to my friends and colleagues. The park is truly a treasure.
August 8 amazingly beautiful place! by the Hunters
We decided to take the kids camping on our 11th anniversary...it was a place we went all the time when we were just dating! and the kids enjoyed it so much! we are actually going back on Sept 18th for their candle walk...which I know will be awesome!
August 8 Great Place by Summer 2010
The shade and cool water makes a hot day enjoyable.
July 28 Generations of Memories by Angela, Greenwood IN
When my mom was a young girl, growing up in early 1950s in southern rual Indaian, she went on a school fieldtrip to Spring Mill State Park and fell in love! As a young girl growing up in the early 1970s, my fondest memories are picnics with my family, exploring the village and dipping my feet in the cold spring water at the park. In the 1990s, I started taking my young daughter to the park and she too fell in love with it!! My mom, my daughter and I have had wonderful moments together at the park and when my daughter has children, she plans on continuing the tradition!!
June 3 Wonderful Memories by Tonya
It was my favorite place to go as a child and young adult. I have since moved away but from time to time my thoughts come back to the enjoyable times spent there and wish that I could share them with my husband. Thanks for the memories
May 28 one of my favorite parks!!!!! by Ashley
I have been going to spring my whole life. Many b-day partys, cookouts, water fights the holloween thing, going in the caves, and the waterfell or just going to walk around. i love this place many memories that will never be forgoten. Thank you very much.
January 30 Really nice park by J Thornton
Camp ground great, lots of thing to see and do.
September 1 by happy campers
We loved this park. There is a ton of things to do. The inn is very nice. We have also camped here. The campground is very nice as well. Visiting twin caves is a must if you visit.
August 15 Cool as a cucumber by Angela Conner
I love the shade and cool water. It makes a hot day so cool. The buildings and scenery makes you feel like you are in the past and it is kept so pretty.
July 14 Great campground
My husband and I just got back from 4 nights of camping at Spring Mill. The location was great, we ride a motorcycle and the rides nearby are beautiful. We will definitely be back. The park and the Inn are very well kept. I highly recommend this park.
July 2 Love It by h.
I use to go her with my grand parents and since they have been there a hundred times they would show me everything.
May 26 My class trip by Carlie
my 4th grade class came here on 5/18/09, and they loved it.We got to see the snakes, how they grind the corn, and a lot more! We stayed from 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. We will be back next year for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 20 New comer by vballklt
I have been reading all the reviews & was wandering if anyone can let me know which sites are the better sites. It sounds like a great place to go & a group of us wanted to try a new campground. any info will be appreciated. thanks
April 3 My favorate palce EVER. by Rita
I have visted here every season. Stayed in the lodge and campground and just a day visit. It is one of the best places to visit. I live in Kentucky and it only takes about one or two hours to get there. Something for the whole family to do. Teenagers to seniors have something to do.
January 18 I miss this!
I grew up in Huron and now live in North Carolina and miss living only 20 minutes from Spring Mill.
September 10 My Shangri-La!! by Debra
I have camped here for twenty years now, on the same site...it is my vacation of choice and I have turned several friends and family members on to this place!!! I am so devoutly in love with Spring Mill and only hope that Heaven is just like this place!!!
August 24 OUR FAVORITE PARK EVER by KRISTIE
MY PARENTS TOOK ME HERE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I SPENT THE NIGHT AT THE INN AND WE LOVE IT SO MUCH WE ARE TAKING OUR NIECES AND NEPHEWS THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME
July 16 A GREAT PLACE TO BE! by The Pine family
We took our children there for the last 24 years, now their grown and we will be taking the grandchildren there. Peaceful,and beautiful, a wonderful place to camp.
July 8 our best park ever by tom bradshaw and family
the elephants rode in and tore down our camp site but we were ok becouse we ate our wheaties for breakfast we were to strong so they ran away never to be seen again.
June 26 Wonderful time at Spring Mill Campground by NBDesign
We spent 3 nights at Spring Mill State Park Campground Memorial Day weekend. It was a great park to camp in and a wonderful introduction for me(my husband is from Indiana, I am not) to Indiana.
June 19 OUR FAVORITE PLACE!! by THE SYKES FAMILY
OUR FAMILY LOVES IT HERE,THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING EXCITING TO DO,IT IS OUR FAVORITE CAMPING DESTINATION!!
May 22 Love this place by Dorothy
I have visited several times. I almost always see a deer. I love Pioneer Village. My parents spent their honeymoon there 50 Years ago. It is a very peaceful place. If I had to complain about anything at all at this park the trails are sometimes poorly marked and difficult to follow. It is however one of my favorite places to visit and have a picnic. LOVE THE WATERFALL by Hamer Cave


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages 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.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
20.6 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
39.5 miles from park*
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