Harrison County Offers Several Adventure Activities
There’s more to scenic southern Indiana than what initially meets the eye—below rolling hills, beautiful forests, and rich farmland lies a network of caves containing Ice Age bones, underground streams, and fascinating biodiversity. Kayak a stream 200 feet underground on the Deep Darkness tour at Indiana Caverns, part of the Binkley Cave system—Indiana’s longest cave system, and the 7th longest in the country. Each tour begins with a 93-foot climb down a ladder with belay, then continues with another descent down a slope to a subterranean river. The expedition continues upstream by foot, then by kayak as the water deepens. Wear comfortable clothing in layers and sturdy shoes, and the rest of the equipment will be provided for you.
When you return to the earth’s surface, why not also soar above it? Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures offers the longest zip in the region. You’ll fly through the forest canopy and over beautiful valleys. Choose from tours lasting 1 ½ hours or 3 hours. A new way to fly will be coming to the area in 2019 with the addition of an aerial coaster zipline at Indiana Caverns, which will offer an experience unique to the area.
There are still more ways to enjoy the natural beauty of southern Indiana. Peaceful nature surrounds you as you canoe the Blue River. Cave Country Canoes will drop you off upstream with your rented canoe or kayak, and they’ll be there to greet you at the end of your journey, which will conclude at their headquarters.
O’Bannon Woods State Park is home to 18 miles of mountain biking trails. Unique features such as steep hills and deep ravines, limestone bluffs, caves and waterfalls can be found along the trails or within the park boundary, which is bordered on one side by the Ohio River. These trails are considered more challenging than many found in Indiana state parks, and mountain biking enthusiasts regularly visit the trails, which were expanded in 2015.
No matter how you choose to experience it, Harrison County in southern Indiana offers many unique opportunities for adventure. Visit thisisindiana.org to learn more about caving, ziplining, canoeing, and mountain biking. There, you’ll also find options for lodging and dining, making your next adventure just a few clicks away!