“Visit the Gus Grissom Memorial”
Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.The park today continues to illustrate how nature shapes us and how we shape our environment. A parcel of virgin timber sits in contrast to regenerated forest, a man-made lake struggles to survive against the in-flow of silt from cave-fed systems, and the native flora and fauna face challenges from man’s introduction of new species. Check out the latest fall colors with the leaf camera situated on top of the Pioneer Village's grist mill. Visitors can explore this story in the park’s four interpretive facilities—the Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, and Twin Caves Boat Tour—and see it reflected on the landscape as they hike the trails. The interpretive staff also offers a wide variety of public programs, including an extensive special events schedule. Public programs are offered year-round.
Been coming here since I was a kid. The mill is pretty awesome, and if you're a space geek they even have something for you at the Grissom Memorial. Be advised, your cell phone WILL NOT work pretty much anywhere near this place.
Great campground with water at each site. Be sure to pack a LONG hose for some site. Cave tour for $3 a person in a boat! Pool and nature center. Also has a GREAT spring mill village with real people pretending it's 1800's. Even a mill that grinds corn on the hour!
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