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Versailles State Park

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 205
Versailles, IN 47042

Mapping Address:
1387 U.S. 50 East
Versailles, IN 47042

  • Description

    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 a 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 the Versailles Pumpkin Show in the town of Versailles the last weekend in September. 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.

  • Activities

    Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab

    • Electric / 226 sites
    • Equestrian - Electric/ 9 sites
    • Group Camp
    • Youth Tent Camping Area
    • Camp Store
    • Dumping Station


  • 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.


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    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.


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