Lincoln State Park

Lincoln State Park is one of Indianaís oldest state parks, and actually honors the Presidentís mother. Lincoln spent his youth in this area, and many of the trails pass sites that figured prominently in his early life.

Lake Lincoln

The parkís principal physiographic feature is Lake Lincoln, a rather pretty impoundment formed by damming several small streams.

Boat Rental Cabin


Trail 3 gets my vote as the best in the park; it passes through the Sarah Lincoln's Woods Nature Preserve, which protects a rare example of oak barrens habitat. Its rather open tree canopy admits enough light to support prairie plants; late summer is best.

Trail 3

Trail 1 circles the lake; itís a pleasant hike as long as there isnít much noisy activity on or around the water.

Fire Tower

Trail 1 also has a short spur to a CCC-era fire tower that (as of this writing) you can climb for superb views.

View from Fire Tower


Spencer County. The entrance is on the south side of IN 162, 1.9 miles east of Gentryville and the intersection of IN 162 and US 231.

North 38 06.666 West 86 59.890
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Campground, beach house, boat rental, amphitheater, etc.

Nearby Natural Areas

Hemmer Woods Nature Preserve


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 184
Goll: Indiana State Parks; Page 116
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 116
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 451
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 465