Versailles State Park

Indiana Natural Areas: Ripley County


Winter Along Fallen Timber Creek

Winter Along Fallen Timber Creek

Versailles (pronounced Ver-Sales) State Park comprises nearly 6,000 acres, which makes it the second largest of Indianaís State Parks. The central feature is a reservoir formed by damming Laughery Creek. Trail 1, a two-mile loop, is my favorite trail in the park. It explores forested ridges and ravines south of the campground; in doing so, it passes several small sinkholes. Trail 3 is a long-stemmed lollipop; the stem spends much of its distance crisscrossing Fallen Timber Creek. Itís scenic enough but may be tough on ankles. Trail 2 (three miles) ventures too close to the campgrounds for my taste. There are also well over twenty miles of mountain bike and bridle trails north of the reservoir and Fallen Timber Creek that are open to hikers but which I have not explored.


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