Versailles State Park offers variety of activities

Camron Pevlor, Sports Editor

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A 5,988 acre outdoors getaway is nestled into the rolling hills of southeastern Indiana. This getaway just so happens to be located in Versailles and known as the Versailles State Park.

Many come from all over the state and tri-states to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming and a lot more.

At Versailles State Park there are a lot of things that will keep visitors active especially if they want to see the natural beauty of the park.

If you are looking to relax and and go swimming then it is as cheap as $3 for anyone over three years old and up, while two years old and under get in free.

Maybe swimming isn’t the activity of choice? There are a lot more options to choose from. The park offers  kayaking which varies depending on the kind of canoe or kayak.

Swimming might not necessarily be your thing but there are still more activities like camping. If you want to go camping the prices vary depending on the season, site, and days of the week. It generally costs $30 a night to camp there.

To get into the park is pretty cheap itself. For a vehicle it only only costs $7 if you live in Indiana and $9 if you live in another state. If you are walking or riding a bike it costs $2 for one person. A season pass for Indiana residents is $50.00.

But maybe you don’t want to walk or ride in a car. The park offers horseback riding on trails that are over 30 miles long.

While visiting the park certain rules must be followed in order to not get in trouble and be allowed to come back again.

There are activities year around at the state park if you are looking for special events. At the park they celebrate the 4th of July, the Polar Plunge in February, the Easter Egg Hunt, an annual mountain bike festival called “Hassmer Fest”, and trick of treating on Halloween weekend.

Seven full time employees run the state park at the present time.  It also employs 32 seasonal employees. Natalie Brinson is one of the full time employees and is also a South Ripley graduate.

“My favorite thing about working at Versailles State Park is that it’s a constant learning experience. I have learned everything from office and administration duties to proper tree felling and prescribed wildland fires. I feel like I learn something new every day!” Office Manager Natalie Brinson.

Overall, Versailles State Park has many opportunities to get outdoors and do some very interesting activities and maybe one of your favorite things to do. Anyone that hasn’t gotten a chance to go should definitely go as soon as possible.


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Versailles State Park offers variety of activities