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Spring Mill State Park
Copyright: - Indiana Department of Natual Resources
Spring Mill State Park
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - Spring Mill State Park is located in the southern portion of Indiana near Mitchell. The entrance to the park is off of Indiana 60.


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Contact Information:
Spring Mill State Park, Box 376, 3333 Hwy. 60 , Mitchell, IN, 47446, Phone: 812-849-4129

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Spring Mill State Park DNR Site - Department of Natural Resources site for Spring Mill State Park

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