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About Spring Mill State Park

As featured in Midwest Magazine, beautiful Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana abounds in endless opportunities for recreation.  Cave tours, boating, hiking, mountain biking, nature activities, swimming and much more await you.  You can also visit a restored Pioneer Village that dates back to the early 1800s, as well as the Gus Grissom Memorial Museum honoring this famous Hoosier and local NASA astronaut.

There is so much to see and do at Spring Mill State Park – you owe it to yourself to stay a night or two and take your time exploring it all.  You can relax at the Spring Mill Inn, camp in a tent or RV in the campground, or utilize other nearby lodging options.

Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds.  The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s.  Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery.  In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.

The park today continues to illustrate how nature shapes us and how we shape our environment.  A parcel of virgin timber in Donaldson Woods sits in contrast to regenerated forest.  The man-made Spring Mill Lake struggles to survive against the in-flow of silt from cave-fed systems.  The native flora and fauna face challenges from man’s introduction of new species.

Visitors can explore this story in the park’s four interpretive facilities—the Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, and Twin Caves Boat Tour — and see it reflected on the landscape as they hike the trails.  The interpretive staff also offers a wide variety of public programs, including an extensive special events schedule.  Public programs are offered year-round.

Relax At The Spring Mill Inn

Take your time exploring the Park and enjoying all that the Inn has to offer.

Queen Room at Spring Mill Inn

Comfortable Rooms

Spring Mill Inn offers 73 rooms with a variety of one or two bed options. Pet-friendly and ADA accessible rooms are also available. 

Spring Mill Inn heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool

Private Swimming Pool

Inn guests can enjoy a unique heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool that is open year round.

Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill Inn


Also open to the public, the Millstone Dining Room serves fresh home-style meals. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Spring Mill State Park Campgrounds

Choose from full hookup, electric and primitive campsites for RV and tent camping. 

Non-profit youth groups can take advantage of the Youth Tent Camps. 

A Camp Store can provide any last minute needs.


Campground at Spring Mill State Park

Attractions At Spring Mill State Park

Visit the restored 1800s Spring Mill Village and learn about Indiana’s pioneer past as park Interpreters portray the year 1863.

Learn more about America’s second man in space, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, who was also a native of nearby Mitchell, Indiana.

Enjoy a boat ride into Twin Cave, a walk into Donaldson Cave, a hike to Hamer Cave, or go spelunking in Bronson Cave.

Rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat to explore the lake.  Or bring your own boat to launch at the boat ramp.

Hiking trails, Nature Center, picnic areas, shelter houses, swimming pool, game room, mountain biking, ball courts, Hamer Cemetery, and more.

Closeby Indiana towns, wineries, museums, and outdoor recreation hotspots for caves, lakes, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and more.