Dobbs Park Nature Center, Vigo County
No matter what the season, there are many things to see and do along the Wabash River and the surrounding cities and towns. Use this page to give you ideas and click on the included links for additional information about recreational activities, festivals and events taking place in communities along the river.
Vanscoy Towpath Trail This trail passes by the 1838-39 Irish Canal Construction Camp, and two prosperous paper mills operating in the mid 1800’s. The southern most point of the trail is known as “Sunset Point” where Deer Creek meets the Wabash River.
Adams Mill, Adams Mill, powered by the waters of Wildcat Creek, was built in 1845 by John Adams. The mill is a prime example of post and beam construction common to 19th century agricultural structures in Indiana. No nails were used in the original framework, only wooden pegs. Posts and beams are made of walnut and the joists are of oak. The mill is a museum of Americana open to the public for tours on weekends and by special arrangement. For more information contact Barbara Cottingham at 765-463-7893 or the Friends of Adams Mill Valley, Inc, P.O. Box 351, Cutler, IN 46920.
Delphi Historic Trails – Check out this site to get a detailed map of the historic trails in Delphi. Also check out these links:
— City of Delphi
Logansport, Indiana is home to one of the oldest merry-go-rounds in the state of Indiana. The carousel is over 100 years old and is one of only two all-wood, hand-carved marry-go-rounds still in good working condition. The carousel was made by Gustav A. Dentzel, a German craftsman, who became the United States main carousel maker after moving here in 1860. The marry-go-round is located in Riverside City Park just off the Eel River.
Another great place to visit in Cass county is France Park. France Park is a spring fed limestone quarry surrounded by rocky bluffs that offers a plethora of recreational activities. This 520-acre park offers scuba diving, a beach for swimming, fishing, and 13 multi-use trails, accessible from five trailheads. The interconnected trails are for walking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Winter activities include ice fishing and skating. Other natural features include the Paw Paw Creek waterfall, a Prairie Observation Tower, and a segment of what was once the Wabash & Erie Canal. For further information on the park, visit their website at http://www.firstpropertychoice.com or call 888-753-2928.
Fountain county is home to one of Indiana’s few National Natural Landmarks. Caused by the meandering of a small stream, a 30-by-12-foot opening has been carved in a massive sandstone formation and created a bridge known as Portland Arch. Nearby, the Canada Blueberry can be found in the only known site in the state of Indiana. The Portland Arch is located in the the Portland Arch State Nature Preserve and is located on the south side of the town of Fountain. For more information you can contact the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves.
E.B. Hughes House, built 1888-89
Parke County is known as the Covered Bridge Capital and hosts a huge festival on the second Friday in October to celebrate these historic structures. The county has 31 covered bridges that can be toured any time of the year. Contact the Parke County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 765-569-5226 for more information about the bridges, the area and the many festivals and events that are celebrated year-round in the county. You may also explore their website, www.internationalinterns.org for more information.
The Wabash River has played a major role in the development of this area. The land along the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County was first settled by Native Americans. The French arrived via the Wabash River in the early 1700s and established a trading post at Ouiatenon. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is an annual celebration that recreates life in the mid-1700s at Fort Ouiatenon. In the early 1800s, a Native American community consisting of several tribes was established near the river and known as Prophetstown. This eventually led to the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Prophetstown was destroyed and soon many settlers began moving in to the area. One can learn more about the events leading up to the battle in 1811 as well as see the battle field at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and grounds. The annual Indiana Fiddlers Gathering takes place on the grounds as well. Contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association for more information on Fort Ouiatenon and the Battlefield at 765-476-8411.
The town of Battle Ground is also home to Wolf Park, Indiana’s Unique Education and Research Wildlife Park. The park features multiple packs of gray wolves, a herd of bison, red foxes and a coyote. Visitors can learn about wolves and the unique social structure of these predators as well as about their role in the wild. Visit www.wolfpark.org or call 765-567-2265 for more information about the park.
Come visit historic downtown Lafayette. Enjoy the unique shops and restaurants on Main Street. Take a walk along the river on the Wabash River Heritage Trail. Visit Purdue University and experience the hustle and bustle of campus life or choose to slow down and enjoy life by camping at Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground. Contact the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 800-872-6648 for more information on the community or visit these web sites:
Purdue University – www.purdue.edu
Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau – www.homeofpurdue.com
Tippecanoe County Historical Association – www.tcha.mus.in.us
The Ernie Pyle State Historic Site features state-of-the-art exhibits based on World War II Correspondent Ernie Pyle’s newspaper columns. The exhibits include video and audio stations and WW II uniforms, weapons and gear. The site also interprets the 1851 house from the farm where Ernie was born. Turkey Run State Park and Raccoon State Recreation Area and the covered bridges of Parke County are nearby this state historic house. The Ernie Pyle State Historic Site is located in Dana. You can call 765-665-3633 for more information.
Terre Haute is the home to the Hulman Family and the Clabbee Girl Museum.
Fowler Park Pioneer Village, located in Terre Haute, is a village constructed in the 1840’s era. The park is complete with 10 log homes, shops, a smokehouse, barn, church and grist mill. During the annual Pioneer Days at the park, visitors can watch pioneers in costumes demonstrate the crafts of the era-spinning, rail splitting, candle making, carpentry and soap making. The festival takes place the first full weekend in October. The Fowler Park Pioneer Village is open most weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day and admission is free.
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Standing atop Lovers Leap, overlooking Pine Creek, gives you one the most breathtaking view in the county. There is a legend of a beautiful Indian maiden who leaped to her death over a lover’s quarrel.
Indiana’s largest waterfall, over 70 feet.
Check out some other interesting web sites to help you plan your recreational adventures along the Wabash River.
Indiana Canoeing Guide