Former Indiana governor Frank O’Bannon spent many relaxing afternoons with his wife, Judy, at an Indiana park once named the Wyandotte Woods State Recreational Area. Their favorite outdoor spot was also a part of the Harrison-Crawford Forest near the Kentucky border. Hiking, swimming and camping are some of the most popular activities at this Indiana attraction. The O’Bannon home in Corydon is a 175 year-old log cabin that’s seen generations of Indiana history. After Governor O’Bannon died while serving in office, the Wyandotte Woods State Recreational Area was renamed in his honor. The O’Bannon Woods State Park is a 2,000-acre destination for a day trip from Indianapolis.
More than 300 customary campsites are available for rent, just in case the day trip turns into an overnight. Because there are 80 miles of horse riding trails, special horse riders campsites can be rented too. The Potato Run Church is another feature at this park, offering services and Sunday school for visiting Hoosiers. Next to the church is an ancient cemetery. One of the coolest sites to see at O’Bannon Woods State Park is the 1830s replicated farmstead. Most of the park was built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The farm is staffed for visitors to see on holiday weekends. During tours of the park, guests can see an old hay press in action as it compacts it into bails.
In 2007, a large aquatics center opened at O’Bannon Woods State Park. A family day in the water is great summer fun in the sun, and for more outdoor aquatics visit the nearby Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. Dozens of other fun things to do in Indiana are located near the Kentucky border. Doctor Ted’s Musical Marvels, Lincoln State Park and the Lincoln Living Historical Farm are all attractions located a few counties west of Harrison County, where Corydon is found. Several other day trip destinations are spread along the route to southern Indiana. The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest, Bluespring Caverns and the Hoosier National Forest are adventurous day trip spots south of Indianapolis.
The O’Bannon Woods State Park welcomes visitors from all over the Crossroads of America and beyond, for a small admission fee. The park’s renaming was announced in 2004, and it was made to honor several generations of O’Bannons. Frank’s dad was lawyer and state senator who also published the Corydon Democrat like his father before him. The O’Bannon Woods State Park stands as a memorial to the family’s decades of service to the state of Indiana. The Park is located close to the Ohio River, and it’s only a two and half hour drive from Indy.
O’Bannon Woods State Park
7240 Old Forest Road