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Indiana State Parks Turn 100

Friday, June 17, 2016

Created during the state’s centennial celebrations in 1916, this beautiful birthday present has grown from just two parks –McCormick’s Creek in the summer of 1916 and Turkey Run later that same year—to a total of 32 properties that now see more than 16 million visitors each year. Covering diverse environments including world-famous sand dunes in the north, ancient caves in the south to explore, plenty of lakes for boating and fishing, well maintained campsites and even prehistoric earthworks created by the Adena-Hopewell Indians to visit, there’s more than you might expect to see no matter which park you travel to. In fact just last year, USA Today named Indiana Dunes State Park 7th in their top ten list of best state parks in the country.

History buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and active types of all kinds have plenty to do in Indiana thanks to a well established and well run system of some of the best parks in the nation. As businesses continue to realize that attracting talent means locating in a place with outdoor options that satisfy their employees’ yearnings to stay active and connect with nature, Indiana’s park system becomes more and more a strong asset that both businesses and economic developers may be overlooking.

Get a glimpse of some of Indiana’s natural treasures: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzcBX7ZjeZ8

For more information about parks and events, visit: www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/5901.htm

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