Versailles State Park advisories
- UPDATE 10-7-19: The burn ban in Ripley County (Versailles State Park) has been lifted.
Upcoming Events at Versailles State Park
Take a drive through the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Indiana with Versailles State Park, Indiana’s second-largest state park, as your destination. This area has deep history rooted in both the Civil War and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Versailles State Park dedicated a CCC commemorative statue in 2010. Numerous fossils tell the story of an ancient sea that covered the region. During the Civil War, Morgan’s Raiders made their way through the area that is now the park. The town of Versailles was briefly under Confederate control.
Relax while fishing on the 230-acre lake where you can rent a rowboat, kayak or canoe. Get a workout and see the beauty of the park by taking a walk on the hiking trails or a ride on the mountain bike trails. Bring your horses for the day to enjoy the more than 20 miles of horse trails. Steps to a scenic overlook at the dam are a prime spot to see herons and other aquatic wildlife. In fall, enjoy activities like the Versailles Pumpkin Show in the town of Versailles on the last weekend in September or the Bluegrass Festival on the first weekend of October. For Halloween festivities, visit the park the last weekend in October.
During the summer, pool hours may change because of weather and staffing. Please contact the property office for exact times before your visit.
- Picnic areas w/shelters
- Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal)
- Boat Launch Ramp
- Boat Motor / Electric trolling only
- Bridle Trails (day use only)
- Hiking Trails
- Mountain Bike Trails
- Rental-Canoe, Rowboat, and Kayak
- Swimming / Pool / Waterslide (Policy). Contact office for hours.
Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab
- Electric / 226 sites
- Equestrian - Electric/ 9 sites
- Group Camp
- Youth Tent Camping Area
- Camp Store
- Dumping Station
- Picnic areas w/shelters
- Description of Hiking Trails
DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS
Note: For trail locations, view the property map under the MAPS tab.
1. MODERATE (2.25 miles)—Circles upland woods and ravines along the eastern bluff of Laughery Valley, featuring oak, hickory, maple, beech, tulip poplar, black walnut and other native trees. Look for limestone sinkholes along the way. Trail can be accessed from below, from the Old Fire Tower Road or near Oak Grove picnic area. Parents, please watch children at road crossings.
2. MODERATE (2.75 miles)—Makes a figure 8 along the hill of the southern edge of Fallen Timber Creek/ravine. The trail rounds Campground A to near the CCC-constructed Oak Grove shelter, where Trail 1 can be picked up. Encircling Campground A, access can be made near Oak Grove picnic area, behind Trailside shelter, from several points in the campground, and from Fallen Timber bridge at the lake.
3. EASY (1.5 miles)—Begins north of Fallen Timber bridge and goes east along Fallen Timber Creek. Crosses the creek three times before joining Trail 2. Numerous invertebrates inhabit the creek bottom.
PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS.
Indiana State Parks hosted a public archaeology event at Versailles State Park and invited students from area schools to learn about how archaeology can teach us about history and prehistory. Ball State University, through a National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant, showed the students some of the historic archaeological sites in the park. View the video on YouTube.