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Owen County is home to state parks, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, hiking trails, golf courses, and innumerable activities to keep you entertained and make the most of your downtime. Cruise the country on your bicycle and pass painted barns and other quirky attractions, or learn how to tie flies and fish for bluegill in Cataract Lake. Check out the historic Tivoli Theater in Spencer, which offers movies and public events and can be rented for your own private event.

Explore McCormick’s Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana, where you will find horseback riding, over ten miles of trails to hike, both electric and primitive campsites, an Olympic sized swimming pool, and a plethora of games and activities. Take in the limestone formations and rock-walled canyon formed by the Illinoian glacier 50,000 years ago. Bring your spelunking gear and go caving in Wolf Cave.

Cataract Falls State Recreation Area in nearby Cloverdale, Indiana is the location of the state’s largest waterfall. Two falls converge to create a cascade of water measuring 86 feet, lending tranquility and peace to the natural forest setting and providing background music to your family reunion or romantic picnic. The Cataract Bridge was restored in 1995, and is one of several remaining covered bridges in the area. Spanning Mill Creek, the bridge is 140 feet long and is open to pedestrians.

No matter your age or ability, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Owen County. Experience the Apple Butter Festival every autumn, where you can take in a rousing demolition derby, sample all kinds of wonderful apple butter recipes, and get showered with candy as a parade goes by. Browse dozens of vendor booths, have your face painted, and enjoy the all-around cozy friendliness that only small town Hoosier hospitality can offer.