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Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell

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Spring Mill State Park is a 1,358-acre (5 km2) state park in the state of Indiana. The park is located to the south of Bloomington, about 3 miles (5 km) east of the city of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60. It contains a settler's village, the Gus Grissom Memorial (with the accompanying Gemini 3 space capsule), a nature's center, and campgrounds.

The park is located on the Mitchell Karst Plain, which allowed the park's caves and sinkholes to form in the limestone. The caves include Bronson Cave, Twin Caves, Shawnee Cave (Donaldson Cave), Hamer Cave, and others. A boat tour of Twin Caves is run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which travels about 500 feet (150 m) into the cave.

A portion of the park is virgin timber, protected in the Donaldson Woods Nature Preserve. The Mitchell Karst Plain Nature Preserve is notable for its large number of sinkholes, more than 1000 per square mile. Many of the park's features were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, including the Spring Mill Inn, Spring Mill Lake, and most of the trails. The park attracts about 675,000 visitors annually.
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  • Beautiful and serene space. There is a lake, waterfall, trails, memorial/museum and living history area as well as other great things to experience in this park! Go and enjoy! 
    Beautiful and serene space. There is a lake, waterfall, trails, memorial/museum and living history area as well as other great things to experience in this park! Go and enjoy!  more »
  • We have come here over the course of 50 years and the charm has not worn off. The 1820 village with its grist mill is lovely with the babbling brook that runs through the grassy lawn. Come after... 
    We have come here over the course of 50 years and the charm has not worn off. The 1820 village with its grist mill is lovely with the babbling brook that runs through the grassy lawn. Come after...  more »
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  • I hadn't been since I was a kid. It was very interesting and so beautiful. They host a few demonstrations, interact with the crowd and answer many questions. Just before you go into the village there is a large area for picnic, play, etc. Lots of beautiful trails, large restrooms, and a concession stand. Once you go into the village no dogs aloud. Each place has at least a few steps - 3 floors and many have narrow spaces, strollers or anything of the sort just won't work.
  • We love spending the day at Spring Mill! One of the cleanest Indiana State parks that we have been to. The trails are well marked and clean. Lots of interesting things to see/read about along the way. The picnic area at the beginning of the Village is our favorite!

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