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Plan your next adventure in Crawford County, Indiana! We are outdoor recreation!

Crawford County, IN Recreation & Tourism Board

5935 E State Rd. 66, English, IN 47118

info@crawfordcountyindiana.com

812-739-2246

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Eat Here

Lucas Oil Golf Course

18 hole golf course with a full-service restaurant/bar offering on property lodging.

The Overlook Restaurant

The Overlook Restaurant offers classic, homestyle American style cuisine with friendly service and an amazing view of the Ohio River and surrounding areas.

Papenos Pizza

Proudly serving pizza, salads, sandwiches, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere. A local favorite for over 50 years

Schwartz Family Restaurant

We are a family-owned business and serve Amish Style Cooking.

The Place to Be

Restaurant, good home cooking, dine in, or carry out

Benny's Off the Water

Casual Dining – Serving brisket, wings, bbq, homemade pizzas, oysters, tenderloins, shrimp, and fish.

Van's Country Kitchen

Family style, eat-in, carry-out. Home cooking | Close to home.

The Happy Hive

Casual dining featuring angus burgers, fresh-made salads, pizza, tenders, wings and more… along with Grab-n-go snacks and ice cream. Gift area includes honey, unique food & gift items, organic essential oils, supplements & more. Catering also available.

Play Here

Cave Country Canoes

Cave Country Canoes is located in the heart of Indiana’s Cave Country on the beautiful Blue River. Whether you are looking for a relaxing trip, an adventure, or something in between Cave Country Canoes has you covered with wildlife, rapids, and the abundant scenic beauty of Blue River.

Paddler enthusiasts of all skill levels from first-time to experienced can come for a half-day, full-day, or two days of canoeing or kayaking.

Marengo Cave Family Fun Park

Marengo Caves has two caves to explore: Crystal Palace – packed with formations. This easy 40-minute tour winds through formation-filled rooms and past huge flowstone deposits. Dripstone Trail – Big. Really Big. This 60-minute tour is known for delicate soda straws, totem pole stalagmites, and Penny Ceiling. Our gift shop offers 3,000 square feet of thoughtful gift ideas, educational items, and mementos.

Patoka Lake

8,000 acres of water on 25,800 acres of DNR property, Patoka Lake offers boating, watersports, swimming, fishing, hunting, camping, biking, hiking, and has nine boat ramps, a beach, Nature Center, archery range, disc golf course, trails, picnic areas, and campsites.

Lucas Oil Golf Course

18 hole golf course will a full-service restaurant/bar offering on property lodging.

O'Bannon Woods State Park

3,000 acres in the midst of the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, O’Bannon Woods State Park offers canoeing, camping, fishing, biking, hiking, horse trails, hunting, swimming, picnic areas, a Nature Center, the Blacksmith Forge, and Pioneer Farmstead.

Sycamore Springs Park

The park offers fishing, hiking, swimming, and picnicking, all free of charge to the community and is open from April 1 to November 1 from 8 am to 8:30 pm EST. Overnight camping (both RV and primitive) is available with a small charge.

Ohio River

Along the southern boundary of Crawford County, the mighty Ohio includes the Horseshoe Bend and 130-mile Cannelton Pool, excellent for boaters.

Red Hill Fiber Mill

At Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm, we raise a herd of alpaca for their fiber. We process our herd, as well as several other farms from across the country. Farm and Mill tours are available by appointment!

Patoka Lake Winery

Patoka Lake Winery features a Tasting Room that is open daily to the public. It also offers a large gift shop, wine sales, and nice places to sit and sip. We also have Winery Suites (above the Tasting Room) or Silo Suites (in converted silos attached to the winery). And don’t forget that we offer an event space for small groups or large gatherings. It’s perfect for all kinds of private events

Buzzin' Suds' & Bad Axes

 

Looking for a new cool way to chill’axe? You’ve found it here at Buzzin’ Suds and Bad Axes!

We have great food located inside Happy Hive that you can carry in, cold brews in the facility and the adrenaline filled thrill of stickin’ the axe into the bullseye with your family, friends and coworkers. We’re an axe-cellent place for double dates, corporate events, team-building sessions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday parties and more. We allow throwers from 6+ years of age. Come hang out in the game yard before or after your throwing session.

Stay Here

Lucas Oil Golf Course Stay & Play Lodging

18 hole golf course will a full-service restaurant/bar offering on property lodging.

Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging

Floating cabins, houseboat rentals (the only ones in Indiana), Boat Rentals, Wine Cruises, Land Cabins, Wild Life Tours.

Scott's Timberline Cabin

 

Welcome to Scott’s Timberline Lake. Located in the rolling hills of beautiful southern Indiana in an isolated valley, Scott’s Timberline Lake offers quiet days of fishing or just relaxing in a boat on the water. The lake is a spring-fed ten-acre lake, naturally stocked with bass, red ear and blue gill.

 

Patoka Lake Winery & Suites

Patoka Lake Winery features a Tasting Room that is open daily to the public. It also offers a large gift shop, wine sales, and nice places to sit and sip. We also have Winery Suites (above the Tasting Room) or Silo Suites (in converted silos attached to the winery). And don’t forget that we offer an event space for small groups or large gatherings. It’s perfect for all kinds of private events

Marengo Cave Family Cabins

Enjoy modern amenities like central heat/air, electricity, outlets for charging, and even a refrigerator. We also have free WIFI available at the gift shop!
All four cabins have their own specified picnic area with fire-pit, charcoal grill, picnic tables, and fireside seating.
Clean Restrooms and showers are located just a short walking distance away.
A large shelter house with playground, corn hole games, and even a little free library for those who like a good read. All will keep the kiddos occupied.

Big Timber River Cabins

These authentic, handcrafted, log cabin and timber frame vacation rentals sit high on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River and scenic Kentucky farmland.

Blue River Bungalow

Located in scenic Milltown, In within walking distance of the blue river and Cave Country Canoes, this newly renovated bungalow is the perfect destination for couples and families alike! Features include a fully furnished kitchen, A/C, and relaxing back patio.

Wise Old Owl Cabin

Rated 5 stars! Located near French Lick, Patoka Lake, and Paoli Peaks, this cedar cabin is perfect for 2, a large family, or a group of 16. This cabin boasts central air, very large front and back porches, BBQ grills, an outdoor fire pit, a hot tub, and plenty of parking!

Patoka 4 Seasons

Just 2-1/2 miles from Patoka Lake’s Newton Stewart SRA our 20 cabins and 6 family style homes sleeps 4 to 16, located on Patoka Lake in southern Indiana, Our 55 acre resort features cabins that are fully furnished and includes WiFi, Satellite, and DVD player.

White Oaks Cabins

Located approximately 10 minutes away from the Little Patoka Boat Ramp, White Oaks offers a secluded cabin retreat rarely found in Kentuckiana. We are located on 86 wooded acres, with a creek, pond and 10 cabins! Each cabin can comfortably sleep 4 and possibly up to 6 if needed. Our cabins are rustic style and the peacefullness of the property can help you get back to nature and relax. We do have room for boat parking, if you plan to spend time at the lake while you are in the area. 

Red Hill Fiber Mill & Alpaca Farm

For a truly unique experience enjoy a stay on our alpaca farm & working fiber mill! While on the property you will enjoy interacting with the herd which lives on the property.

The farm is conveniently located just minutes from Little Patoka Boat Ramp and allows for ample boat, RV & multiple-vehicle parking.

Spend your mornings sipping coffee on the covered back porch taking in the gorgeous views of the Hoosier National Forest.

The space

Our quaint farmhouse has been recently renovated allowing for all of the luxuries you will need while on vacation.

The eat in kitchen has standard sized appliances along with a breakfast bar to accommodate additional seating. The adjoining laundry room is equipped with a full sized washer and dryer.

The three bedrooms can sleep up to 7 guests. The master is complete with an ensuite bathroom while the additional bathroom is shared with the two smaller bedrooms. A pack’n’play and queen sized air mattress are available upon request.

We do allow up to two dogs, no more than 50 lbs each. NO CATS.

Guest access

Guests have full private access to the home and patio areas throughout their stay.

We ask that guests do NOT enter the alpaca pastures or barn unattended. We have a guardian dog on duty at all times. You are welcome to come by the fence to say hello – but for a full tour experience, please book directly on our AirBnB Experience page.

We ask pets be walked in the front or back yards to keep them away from livestock and guardian dog.

Other things to note

We want you to enjoy your stay and have as much privacy as you’d like!

Please note – we live down the road and do work on the property, so you may see us come and go from time to time. Our fiber mill is located in the detached garage on the property. We will enter and exit it through the front door (the farthest from the house) during your stay to allow you maximum privacy.

Lily's Pad

About this space

Take it easy at this unique and tranquil getaway. This 2 bedroom cabin sits on stilts and boasts a 3 story deck with a hot tub. The cabin is nestled on 3 acres surrounded by towering black walnut trees and a creek. There are lots of hiking, fishing, and kayaking opportunities nearby. The creek itself has areas you can wade and fish in. There’s a firepit area with picnic tables you may use too. We do offer small, intimate wedding packages for 30 people max. Message us for information.

The space

The master bedroom is spacious with a full bed. The second bedroom is much smaller and has a twin bed. The living room and kitchen are an open plan, connected space.

Other things to note

*As of 1/9/2023 the hottub is fully functional at a toasty 104! We also have a new hottub on order to be delivered any day now!*

Hiking Crawford County

Hit the trails!

Located in the heart of Southern Indiana, Crawford County is the hiking enthusiast’s paradise! With trails that wind through sandstone rock shelters, seasonal waterfalls, and creek and river beds, our trails are sure to excite you!  

Nearby Campgrounds are available for those who want to stay overnight and hike multiple trails, including Sycamore Springs Park (with additional hiking trails available on the property), Patoka Lake State Park, and O’Bannon Woods State Park. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite make sure to stop by one of our delicious area restaurants. 

Restaurants near Hemlock Cliffs: Marcy’s Kitchen, Schwartz Family Restaurant 

Restaurants near Patoka Lake & Yellow Birch Ravine: Benny’s Off the Water, Finn’s 

Restaurants near O’Bannon Woods State Park: Stephenson’s General Store, The Overlook Restaurant

 Check out the Crawford County Hiking Guide for trail information: 

Outdoor Recreation Fun

Plan a trip today!

Crawford County, Indiana is nestled in the hills of Southern Indiana with spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities that make it perfect for day trips, weekend trips, or extended stays. 

Bordered by the Ohio River along the southern edge, Blue River on the eastern boundary, and an 8,800 acre Patoka Lake to the North, there are plenty of opportunities for watersports and recreation. Whether you enjoy boating, water skiing, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing, fun adventures are waiting in Crawford County! 

The area is also rich with caves and forests to explore both underground and above ground. Leisure drives offer magnificent views and biking and hiking trails are plentiful with national and state forests in the area. 

Dine along the picturesque Ohio River Horsehoe Bend or enjoy Amish food, pizzerias, or bar and grills. Shopping includes antiques, crafts, souvenirs, and unique gifts hard to find anywhere else. 

Ready to book a stay? Crawford County includes unique lodging opportunities such as floating and land cabins, covered wagon cabins, bed and breakfasts, and over 1,500 electric and primitive campsites throughout the area. 

Immerse yourself in nature where eagles soar, deer roam, otters play, and wildflowers flourish. Create memories and have fun exploring in Crawford County. We are Outdoor Recreation! 

Family Trip Idea

Make memories that will have your kids begging to come back!

Crawford County, Indiana has a lot to offer families for fun and adventure! Book a stay with Cave Country Canoes and try out their Covered Wagon rentals for unique lodging. On Day 1 your family can enjoy a slow-paced, 7-mile journey by canoe or kayak down Blue River. Stop for food at the Happy Hive, or if you’re really hungry and in the mood for Amish, try Schwartz! On Day 2 take the family to explore Marengo Caves for a guided tour through Crystal Palace or Dripstone Trail. Then head to Hemlock Cliffs for a short hike to see a breathtaking waterfall. 

Girls Getaway Trip Idea

Round up the ladies and relax in Crawford County!

Sometimes, girls just wanna have fun and relax for the weekend. Crawford County has many options to do just that! Choose from one of our Bed & Breakfast options or for something different, check out the silo rooms at Patoka Lake Winery. On Day 1 start your morning off with a hike at Patoka Lake State Park. Then drive to the Overlook Restaurant to enjoy a picturesque lunch over the Ohio River Horseshoe Bend. Enjoy the afternoon checking out area shops and end your day with a wine slushie at Patoka Lake Winery. On Day 2, pack lunch, snacks, and drinks check out the boat rentals at Patoka Lake Marina. 

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