Description - Spring Mill State Park offers the visitor
many historic and natural wonders. The
Pioneer Village, with its massive water-powered
grist mill, is a unique chance to
step back in time. Various pioneer crafts
and occupations are represented. The
Hamer brothers took ownership of the village
and mill in 1832. Spring Mill became
the new name for the village. Repairs and
reconstruction were initiated in the 1930’s
by the Civilian Corservation Corps (CCC).
Other projects of the CCC included Spring
Mill Lake, various shelters, roads and trails.
Copyright: - Indiana Department of Natual Resources
Spring Mill State Park
- Natural areas are featured at Spring
Mill in three nature preserves: Donaldson
Cave, Donaldson Woods and Mitchell
Karst Plain nature preserves. George
Donaldson came from Scotland and
purchased a tract of forest in 1865. He
did not allow cutting of timber or hunting.
Thanks to his efforts we now have native
trees over 300 years old in the preserve. Inside the Donaldson Cave ecosystem are the northern
blind cave fish. These fish are an endangered
species! Prairie plants may be found in several
locations through out the park. Controlled burns
each spring help to renew these ecosystems so that
they may bloom again in late summer. Wildlife in the
park includes whitetail deer, coyote, red and gray
fox, raccoon, skunks, wild turkey, great blue herons,
kingfishers and wood ducks.
Another attraction at Spring Mill State Park is a
memorial to Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom located adjacent
to the park gate. The museum houses the Gemini III
capsule and spacesuit plus many other items related
to Grissom and NASA .
Recreation - Spring Mill State Park offers hiking, camping, boating, mountain biking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and interpretive programs. Boat rides in Twin Caves are available
from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The ride
goes approximately 500 feet into the cave and turns
around. Several interesting features may be seen on
this tour. During heavy rain periods the caves may
be too flooded to offer tours. Tour times are set each
morning. It is recommended to arrive half an hour
before caves open.
Climate - Visitors to this state can expect hot and humid summer days that often reach 90 degrees F in July and August. Summer nights bring little relief with an average temperature of 70. Winter can be extremely cold in this Midwestern state with a yearly average of 40 inches of snow and low temperatures dipping to negative 15 degrees F. Winter daytime highs average close to 40 degrees. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit Indiana spring brings blooming wildflowers and daytime highs of 65 degrees F. With falls mild temperatures the leaves in the forested southern regions of the state change to brilliant hues.
Spring Mill State Park is located in the southern portion of Indiana near Mitchell. The entrance to the park is off of Indiana 60.