Honest Abe’s boyhood home from the age of 7 to 21 was near Lincoln City, Indiana. Today, there are several tributes to the Lincoln family in southern Indiana, and Lincoln State Park is a quite popular destination for a day trip from Indianapolis. This Indiana park is special because of its historic value, and the grave of Lincoln’s sister and her husband can be found on the grounds. Sarah Lincoln-Grigsby died in 1828 at the age of 21, and her gravesite is at the Little Pigeon Primitive Baptist Church alongside her husband Aaron Grigsby’s tombstone. There are several other sites to see and fun things to do at this Indiana attraction, and it’s only three hours south of Indianapolis.
Two lakes in Lincoln State Park are open for dozens of water activities. Fish are freshly stocked in Weber Lake, which is located on the northwest side of the park. Lake Lincoln a larger reservoir at the center of the property that features a boat ramp, paddle boat, canoe and rowboat rentals, concessions, a bathhouse and a beach. Swimming and sunbathing are popular things to do at the Lake Lincoln Beach, which is open from sunrise to sunset. Also located near the lake is the Lincoln State Park Nature Center, where naturalists hold educational nature programs and events. A nature preserve on the south side of Lincoln State Park is named in honor of President Lincoln’s sister Sarah.
During the warmer months in the Hoosier State, from April through November, the Lincoln State Park campgrounds are in operation. Some of the best spots on the grounds have hot running water, showers, electricity and flushing toilets. If tent camping isn’t what you’re looking for, primitive cottages are also available for rent. Large family cabins are another option, and six to ten people can be housed in one.
The Lincoln State Park originated in 1932 and was established as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abe’s mother. Her burial site is just across the road at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Other attractions near the 1,747-acre park include the Hoosier National Forest in Bedford, and the Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville. Don’t forget to plan ahead for your next adventure away from the Circle City, and hit up some of the really cool day trip destinations along the way.
Lincoln State Park
P.O. Box 216 Highway 162
Lincoln City, Indiana 47552