Top 10 Places to Visit in Indiana by Bike
We saw, we rode, we share. Our best ten are just prepared for your next bike trip to Indiana.
1. Cataract Falls
The largest waterfall in the state of Indiana, that can be found inside Cataract State Park. Cataract Falls drops for a total of 86 feet, with the upper falls making up 20 feet of this figure. There is an upper and lower falls, an interesting gorge (especially by Midwestern standards), and a covered bridge. To visit the park it’s a $5 fee. To reach the park from I-70, take exit 41 and head south on 231 for 7 miles, then turn right onto 1050 N. Within less than a mile you will cross the bridge over Mill Creek and the park will be on the right.
2. Brown County State Park
Millions of midwest families visit Brown County State Park each year. They mountain bike, camp, hike, swim, fish, ride horseback, picnic and enjoy the natural beauty of the park located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, just one hour south of Indianapolis and twenty minutes from the campus of Indiana University. The Lodge in the park includes an indoor aquatic center with a water slide and whirlpool. The new Brown County State Park trail is a four-mile loop starting across from the north lookout tower. It highlights the end of the Kin Hubbard Ridge and Green Valley Creek areas. There is also a one-mile spur that begins at the parking lot south of the swimming pool that connects to the north lookout tower loop.
3. Turkey Run State Park
Turkey Run State Park in Parke County features 14 picturesque miles of challenging trails, as well as the Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve.
You'll marvel at the natural geologic wonders of this beautiful park as you hike along its famous trails. Nestled along State Road 47 southwest of Crawfordsville, the park offers the chance to explore deep, sandstone ravines, walk along stands of aged forests, and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek.
A walk into one of the ravines takes you on a trip through time, for the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handiwork. Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves are some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state, as well as miles of bridle trails.
Flowing through the heart of the park, scenic Sugar Creek is a wonderful resource for canoeing and fishing. The river itself stands as a remnant of the forces that shaped the area. Sugar Creek is one of Indiana's most popular canoe streams. At least three local Liveries serve this area.
Nappanee is one of the most beautiful locations within the state of Indiana, with its wide of range of tourist attractions, including the Arts & Crafts Festival. Visiting the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres is a must for anyone staying in Nappanee, with the Amish population of the town giving it a unique feel.
Grab your bike and embrace the pace of the city! Eat family-style passing piping-hot platters at Amish Acres. Savor smoked cheddar and pulled pork courtesy of Culinary Mill or indulge in out-of-this-world creamy ice cream at Rocket Science Ice Cream, both housed under the historic roof of Coppes Commons.
Or browse vintage glassware and antiques galore at Dutch Village Market and, then, take home a cinnamon custard “Bob Andy” pie or fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls from the Nappanee Bakery and Treat Shoppe.
This trip has the flavor of a relaxing and cozy journey that stops for a while the big cities’ buzz!
5. Bean Blossom
Sometimes styled as Beanblossom, this is one of Indiana’s most beautiful places and is home to one of the many covered bridges that Parke County is famous for.
Bean Blossom is best known as the home of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) wooded campground which for more than 60 years has hosted music performances (mostly country and bluegrass). To stay here, you can camp or rent rustic log cabins. The Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground is open May through October. The campground has over three hundred 30 and/or 50 amp electric and water hookups and over three hundred primitive tent sites. free wireless internet is available in the camp store for all campers. Rustic log cabins are also available for rent on the festival grounds May-October, they have one or two rooms, double and/or twin beds, sleep two to six people. Are you a festival nostalgic? Here is the perfect place for one city break for you!
6. East Pierhead Lighthouse
The larger East Pierhead light became a symbol of Michigan City and remains a favorite spot for photography, watching sunsets, or fishing.
Its story begins in 1830, fourteen years after Indiana became a state, when Isaac C. Elston paid $200, sight unseen, for 160 acres of land at the mouth of Trail Creek. His ambitious plan was to create Indiana’s first harbor on Lake Michigan. Knowing, that a lighthouse was key to the continued growth of his settlement, Isaac C. Elston deeded to the federal government a tract of land that ran from the bend in Trail Creek to the lake. On June 30, 1834, Congress appropriated $5,000 for a lighthouse at Michigan City and many more investments were made even years after.
For the best views of the pierhead light, a place to park, and to walk out onto the pier for a closer look, you need to pay admission to the city's waterfront Washington Park ($6 per day).
7. Lake Michigan
Among the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Indiana is the stunning Lake Michigan, which is the only one of the Great Lakes of North America to be located wholly within the boundaries of the United States. They say it’s the crown jewel of Michigan. The lake is the third largest Great Lake and the fifth largest lake in the world. However, it is the largest lake in the United States since Lake Superior and Lake Huron share borders with Canada.
For a real test of your endurance and biking thrill, go on Bike Route 35. The 500 miles on USBR 35 might sound as a freedom and daring journey, but don’t take it until you are strong physically prepared. Of course, you can ride it partially, to ease a bit the possible anxiety feeling.
U.S. Bicycle Route 35 is a 500-mile route that runs from Indiana through Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, generally following the Lake Michigan shoreline and through the eastern Upper Peninsula. This is a ride that offers a lake Michigan overdose, breathtaking views and astonishing surroundings.
The capital city of Indiana, Indianapolis offers travelers many unique things to see and do. Visit great museums like the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Hall of Fame Museum, stroll through White River State Park downtown and tour the Lockerbie Square Historic District. This are the things to be done here. And, of course, biking.
Whether you ride for exercise or fun, Indianapolis supports nearly 64 miles of on-street bike lanes, with many on Downtown primary roads. Rent a Pacers Bikeshare bike for quick 30-minute trips to lunch and shopping.
The must-ride in Indy is the Cultural Trail. As a first of its kind, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a unique, urban eight-mile trail connecting six cultural enclaves and nearly 200 restaurants and 50 attractions. Another interesting ride is on Monon Rail Trail, connecting to the Cultural Trail. This 7.6-mile rail-to-trail cuts through unique neighborhoods, densely forested areas and along rivers from Westfield to downtown. Not yet tired? Give it a try to Canal Walk too! Cutting through the heart of downtown, this 1.5 mile stretch of the Central Canal offers sweeping views of downtown on a designated path.
9. Monument Circle
The beloved Monument Circle is the true heart of Downtown Indianapolis. Often filled with life on the lunch hour or during one of the many events that happen year round, it's truly a must-see for anyone visiting the Circle City.
Definitely, you should check out the observation deck at the top of Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Admission is free if you walk the stairs or $1 to take the elevator. The Soldiers & Sailors Monument also houses the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum on the lower level and a small gift shop at promenade level.
10. BrookVille Indiana Lake
Brookville Lake continues to be one of the most popular attractions in the tri-state area An excellent family vacation spot, stretching for 17 miles from north to south, Brookville Lake attracts more than 2 million visitors each year.
There are many recreational opportunities available on the combined properties including camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and swimming. Near to the park are Metamora Historic Site, 10 miles, and Kings Island Amusement Park, 65 miles.
Or you can just relax in the splendor of 11,000 acres of pristine lake waters, wildlife habitat, and wetlands.
These were our ten best places of Indiana! What are your ten fav places to ride? If they are not in Indiana, not a problem, we will go there next and see for ourselves what you enjoyed there, as we hope you will do with the ones shared by us.
Courage, guys, sharing is loving! And we know you love cycling.