Indiana parks are full of color all year round, especially with the fresh blooms of spring of the changing fall foliage. Tippecanoe River State Park in Winimac, Indiana is the ideal destination for an outdoor day trip from Indianapolis. Camping, hiking, boating and picnicking are all popular activities at this Hoosier park, which is located 100 miles north of Indianapolis.
The park is named after its main waterway, the Tippecanoe River, which is located on this state park’s eastern border. No swimming is allowed in the river, but there is a free ramp for private boats. A small canoe camp is nearby and has its own launch site. During the ages of early French exploration, the Tippecanoe River was used for navigation of fur trades. Before then, the land was inhabited by the Potawatomi natives for at least two centuries.
Several camping options are available at Tippecanoe River State Park. There are 112 class A campsites with dozens of luxury amenities. There’s even an area reserved as a youth tent site. Another unique part of the park is the Potawatomi Group Camp facility that can sleep up to 120 campers. Organized field trips, youth groups and large outing planners can rent the Potawatomi Group Camp from April to October each year.
Ten hiking trails are located throughout the Tippecanoe River State Park. All trails are said to be relatively easy terrain to hike, and they simply vary in distance. The shortest trail is a half-mile and the longest two trails span three and a half miles on the north end of the property. There are even six horse trails on the park’s south side. The horseman’s camp has 56 primitive nature sires for rent.
Tables, grills and picnic shelter houses are sprinkled throughout the area for picnicking. A few more amenities at Tippecanoe River State Park include playground equipment, playing fields and toilet facilities. There are other cool Indiana attractions nearby for visitors to explore. Just across the highway is theWinamac Fish and Wildlife Area. Which was created around the same time as the state park. The Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area is a similar day trip destination located in northern Indiana.
The existing buildings and other facilities at Tippecanoe River State Park date back several decades in Indiana history. They were largely constructed during the Great Depression of the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. The federal government maintained the nearly 7,000 acres before granting ownership to the Hoosier State in 1943.
For an outdoor nature getaway from Circle City, head up to Winimac to visit the Tippecanoe River State Park. Be sure to check out the Hoosier Bat Company in Valparaiso, the Warsaw Biblical Gardens in Warsaw, the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend or the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area in Syracuse. Don’t forget about the attractions along the way to northern Indiana. Hoosier Hill, the Model T Museum and the Hayes Arboretum are all in Wayne County. Also sprinkled along the route are the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, the Doctor James Ford Historic Home in Wabash and the Luckey Hospital Museum in Wolf Lake. Escape from Indy for a day trip, or an entire vacation. A small fee is charged for admission to the Tippecanoe River State Park, a worth while cost for endless adventure.