After crossing the suspension bridge, you enter a world that has disappeared with the last glacier, 10,000 years ago. Walk the narrow canyons and see the plants that belongs nearer the arctic than in this temperate region.
Turkey Run State Park is a world unlike any other in Indiana or the Midwest.
If you remember the movie with Charlton Heston as an epic story, you might be interested in the man who wrote it and his rather unique personal story. It's all located up the road in Crawfordsville. Here Gen. Lew Wallace began his writing of 'Ben Hur'.
The historic downtown is interesting and the counties memorial to their World War II veterans, is one of a kind. It's one of two V1 'Buzz' bombs captured during the war.
Just to the east of Parke County is Putnam County and Greencastle. See my page for details about the 9 covered bridges over there.
During the fall Covered Bridge Festival, hotels through out this area are booked, but you're not far from a covered bridge, even here. Greencastle has the Dunbar Covered Bridge just to the northwest of town, within 2 miles.
The concentration of covered bridges spills over into the neighboring counties. Fountain County to the north has a few that may be of interest. Both are closed to traffic, but accessible from public parks.
Cades Mill covered bridge is an 1854 Howe Truss
Wallace covered bridge is an 1871 Howe Truss.
As you travel around Parke County, you'll see horses and buggies occasionally traveling thre roads. More curious about their way of life? Well, you can either try and stalk the buggy, OR you can listen to my tips!
On Saturdays, go east on Hwy 36 out of Rockville. Drive a while, and on your right you'll see a little stand set up. You'll find Amish people selling food, deserts, drinks, crafts, quilts, and various other Amish things.
During the week or weekends, go North on 41 to a place called Coblers Knob (or maybe it's Goblers Knob... anyway...) they sell Amish food and other stuff, plus they sell other country things. AND they have the best ice cream, including my personal favorite flavor, Blue Hawaiian!
If you're interested in woodworking, you can drive North on Hwy 41 and follow the signs to Bloomingdale. Then ask around for John Lapp, who I've heard does excellent woodworking.
I've heard that if you go to G&M Variety on the square you can order root beer homemade by the Amish, but watch out... it's not called root BEER for nothing! (They do ferment it, but barely.)
Also explore the back roads all around the county, since the Amish are spread out all over the county.
See my Shades State Park tip. The deep woods and rock ledges are a great joy to walk among.