PATOKA RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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Located in southwestern Indiana, the Refuge offers residents and visitors alike a unique place to escape the stresses of the modern world and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, paddling, or hunting… there’s a place for you at the Refuge.

*New for 2022! Buck’s Marsh Boardwalk Trail! This graveled trail leads to a 120′ boardwalk into the marsh!
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area was established in 1994 in Gibson and Pike counties, along the Patoka River in southwest Indiana. To date over 9,000 acres have been acquired.
The focus of the refuge is the restoration of bottom-land hardwood forest habitats. As home to the largest nesting colony of the endangered interior least tern east of the Mississippi River, the Cane Ridge Unit is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area. Over 380 species of wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, the Federally endangered Indiana bat and the threatened northern copper belly watersnake reside upon the Refuge.
At least 20 plant species and 63 animal species considered as threatened, endangered or of special concern by the State of Indiana live within this river valley including a new species of burrowing crayfish verified in 2002, have been observed on the refuge. Hunting, fishing, environmental education, wildlife observation, photography, hiking, and canoeing. Open sunrise to sunset every day

Driving Directions:
Straddling Pike and Gibson Counties in Southwestern Indiana, the Refuge stretches 20 miles in an east-west direction along the lower third of the Patoka River.
It is located 30 miles north of Evansville, IN by way of State Road 57 and is adjacent to the small town of Oakland City, Indiana, along State Road 64 and Winslow, IN on State Road 61
(812) 749-3199

AZALEA PATH ARBORETUM

 

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Price: $5 per person
Location: 1502 N Co Rd 825 W, Hazleton, IN 47640
Hours: 8am – 7pm CT*
*Azalea path observes Central Time. Nearby communities to the east observe Eastern Time.

GPS has difficulty finding them. Before you come, please refer to these driving directions.

 


Experience the beauty of The Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens this spring.

But don’t delay, the colorful blooms won’t last long!

This colorful garden is one of the largest collections of azaleas in the Midwest. The Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens covers over 60 acres of land and includes more than 4,000 azaleas.

As you stroll, you will also find a large variety of unusual plants and native Indiana trees, two spring-fed lakes, a waterfall, a koi pond, and several unique sculptures that complement the beautifully landscaped 3 miles of walking trails.

You’ll never forget this showcase of spring color!

Visit website for more information
View our video tour
Call for more info: 812-354-3039

 

 

Package includes King standard guest room for one night, two passes to Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, welcome gift bag and hot breakfast. Available Thursday-Sunday only.
Ask for the Azalea Path Lodging Package! Call to Book Your Stay. 812-385-2400

Hampton Inn
107 Richland Creek Dr, Princeton, IN 47670

 


Make the most of your visit while you are in the area!

Enjoy these local establishments that are Gibson County favorites.

  • Lyles Station Historic School & Museum – Take a trip back to the 1920s and reimagine what life was like at Indiana’s thriving African-American settlement in nearby Princeton.
  • Hampton Inn – A close, convenient and contemporary place to stay while you are in the area. New remodeled rooms, spacious suites and hot breakfast await you in nearby Princeton.
  • R’z Cafe & Catering – Visit this one-of-a-kind restaurant in a unique historic building with outdoor patio seating in nearby Fort Branch.
  • The Log Inn – This is the oldest restaurant in the State of Indiana! You’ll find delicious family-style dinners here, in nearby Haubstadt.
  • Las Islas – Home of authentic Mexican dishes and the Anaconda Burrito, the biggest burrito in town. Located in nearby Oakland City.
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PRINCETON TRAIN DEPOT & GIBSON COUNTY VISITORS CENTER


Constructed in 1875 and beautifully restored, the Princeton Depot is the only remaining depot structure in Gibson County. Once housing the C&EI and L&N railways, it was the lifeline of commerce and transportation for the county. Passenger service was discontinued from the depot in late 1960. Today the depot stands as a nostalgic reminder of the importance railroads have played in Gibson County’s history.
The Princeton Train Depot is now home to the Gibson County Visitors Center and features a railway museum with a restored train caboose.

Visitors are welcome at no charge- Monday-Friday Open 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

702 W. Broadway
Princeton, IN 47670
(812) 385-0999 

 

TOYOTA EXPERIENCE CENTER

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Join them for a free, tram-driven tour through the plant to see how people and machines work together to build ever-better vehicles. The Toyota tour is perfect for friends, families, class field trips, business outings, and anyone interested in joining the Toyota team. Tours run on weekdays and last about an hour. Come early and check out their awesome displays and hands-on experiences!

Reservations are required!
Reserve your spot here!

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LYLES STATION HISTORIC SCHOOL & MUSEUM


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Recognized as one of the last remaining  African American settlements in Indiana, Lyles Station was founded by free black men in the mid 1800’s.  This pioneer farming community instilled strong values of hard work and the importance of education in its residents.  Today, the Lyles Station Historic School and Museum includes a period garden; an authentic Lyles Station log cabin; The Alonzo Fields Gallery featuring notable natives of Lyles Station including Alonzo Fields, Chief Butler at the White House for 21 years; plus a museum featuring a collection of early American agricultural tools and implements that helps tell the Lyles Station story.  Each year during the month of October, Lyles Station is home to a family-oriented fall festival and corn maze featuring hayrides, wiener roasts, and lots of activities for children.
 Lyles Station is even featured in The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC!
Now booking groups & classroom for field trips, including a 2-hour Work & Play field trip with hands-on activities including candle making, butter churning, and period games. The 4-hour Heritage Classroom field trip gives students a look into the life of a student in the 1920’s. Meeting space available.
953 N CR 500 W
Princeton, IN 47670
(812) 385-2543 
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