National Parks in the State of Indiana

National Parks in the State of Indiana
Indiana is home to one National Historical Park, one National Lakeshore and one National Memorial. Along with its neighbors Kentucky and Illinois, Indiana lays claim to a chunk of the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Indiana's National Memorial is dedicated to the boyhood home of the country's 16th President. Lake Michigan provides the setting for a National Park.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln City, Indiana, is the site of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. According to "Off the Beaten Track," Abraham Lincoln's father Thomas brought the family to Indiana after having been forced to move three times in Kentucky due to land disputes. The Lincoln family lived at this site for 14 years. The memorial sits on 200 acres and includes a re-creation of a log cabin, a living historical farm that shows what life was like when the Lincolns lived on the property and a walking trail where you will find the tallest flagpole in Indiana.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
3027 E. South St.
Lincoln City, IN 47552

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakehore covers more than 15,000 acres that hug the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The ever-changing sand dunes of Mount Baldy are one of the prime attractions here, but the dunes are in danger of being eroded into memory. Several hiking trails can be found around this Indiana National Park and they offer from self-guided hikes of less than one mile to the 2.5-mile West Beach Trail. Recreation activities at Indiana Dunes National Seashore include swimming, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and camping. The lakeshore is open all year, but is most crowded when the temperatures climb into the 80s and 90s during July and August.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
1100 North Mineral Springs Rd.
Porter, IN 46304

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is located in Vincennes, Indiana. This National Park is situated on 26 acres along the east bank of the Wabash River, and it commemorates the victory over British troops during the Revolutionary War at the hands of Lt. Col. Clark. The victory at this Indiana National Historical Park had a direct impact on the negotiations leading to the Treaty of Paris and the end of the war. Attractions include a 30-minute movie detailing the history of George Rogers Clark's 180-mile-long incursion into land controlled by the British. You may also be able to catch one of the irregularly scheduled live history performances featuring costumed characters who bring the history of Clark to life.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
401 S. 2nd St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
812-882-1776 ext. 110

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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