Hiking & Biking
Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. Angel Mounds features a newly designed model museum that tell the story of the people of the Middle Mississippian culture who inhabited this area from 1000 to 1450 A.D. and the archeological remains of mounds they inhabited. Trails lead through the village for biking and hiking. Amazing new find that unearths more of the mysteries of our earliest settlers.
Burdette Park has family fun year-round.The park is open 7AM-midnight, 365 days a year. The Park Office is open from 8AM-4:30PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. All activities in the park are subject to operational hours, rental restrictions and weather conditions.
Located in the Shawnee National Forest in Southeastern Illinois, Garden of the Gods is famous for its unique rock formations and spectacular views, including Camel Rock and Anvil Rock. Garden of the Gods features hiking, camping and picnicking. A short looped trail from the main parking lot, which can be hiked in about 45 minutes, passes along most of the main rock formations.
Primitive camping; 4,400-acre fish and wildlife area; fishing, hunting, picnicking, boat rentals; nearby Twin Swamps Nature Preserve has hiking trails through beautiful cypress swamps; free admission.
Indoor Olympic pool facility surrounded by trails and children's playground.
Located south of the Gold Star twin bridges that connect Indiana to Kentucky, Audubon Museum and State Park preserves the work and spirit of this internationally recognized expert of ornithology. Audubon walked the forest now named after him when he resided in Kentucky in his early years. Life-size folios are on exhibit as are details of the accomplished study done by Audubon throughout his life. The surrounding woods offer trails for hiking, a lake for boating or fishing, and a beautiful 9-hole golf course.
This scenic 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Recreational facilities include Lake Lincoln, lakeside shelter house, boat rental, nature center, cabins, picnic areas, shelters and trails. Lincoln State Park is home to the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum.
Marengo Cave is one of the most beautiful show caves in the Eastern United States and has long been considered one of the Midwest's finest natural wonders. It is designated a U.S. National Landmark based on its great beauty and extremely large classic trunk passage.
Year round beauty abounds in this oasis of plants, shrubs and flowers conveniently located off of the Lloyd Expressway on Evansville's eastside. Site of community vegetable garden. Visitors welcome during daylight hours anytime. For guided tours, see information on the website listed.
Once complete, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage will encompass 42 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that encircle the city. Linking communities and providing a natural refuge from busy streets, the Greenway will be a linear park and trail system that ultimately extends into adjacent counties and ties into the American Discovery Trail (an interstate system of trails that cross the U.S.). Access to the completed portions of the trail is found at Garvin Park (N. Main Street and Heidelbach Ave.) and at the downtown Riverfront.
A brick paved walkway above and tiered seating below provide the perfect setting to view the spectacular Ohio River. Convenient driving access with parking is available along the lower plaza that is the scene for numerous summer concerts and festivals. Framed by the inspiring Four Freedoms Monument and Aztar Plaza, the Riverfront invites walkers, runners, bikers and strollers to enjoy the lovely Front Door to our city.
Adjacent to the Nature Preserve, Wesselman Park features a Par 3 golf course, batting cages, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, a playground and more!
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve with over 190 acres of virgin bottomland hardwood forest, providing the prefect atmosphere for relaxing nature walks. The Nature Center features exhibits, events, wildlife observation areas, meeting rooms a library and a gift shop.