Visit Indiana Week

Parks, fishing, hiking, free

By Diane Braun April 28, 2021

Sunday, May 2 kicks off Visit Indiana Week with free state parks admission and free fishing in public waters from Indiana Department of Natural Resources! Properties offering free admission include all State Parks and Lakes, State Forests & Recreation Areas and State ORV Riding Areas owned and managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Those properties offer a combined 7,700 campsites and more than 150 cabins, and more than 700 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. 

The summer travel season is upon us, and that means Visit Indiana Week is near! This year, travelers who check-in at one of 59 locations on the Indiana State Nature Passport between May 2-8 can win prizes. There has never been a better time to get out and explore.

Indiana State Nature Passport

Indiana State Nature Passport

Many of the DNR properties offering free admission are part of the Indiana State Nature Passport! Check-in and explore participating locations throughout the state to earn great prizes! The more you visit, the more you win. This program is 100% free, but property entrance fees apply when you visit. Learn More.

Hiking with cousins. Boating and fishing with friends. Staying in a cabin with Grandma and Grandpa. Mountain biking or horseback riding with your kids. These are the makings of some of the best summer memories. You can do all these activities and more in an Indiana State Park! No matter where you are in Indiana, you’re within an hour of one. Whether you pitch a tent or stay in one of the beautiful inns, you’ll awaken each morning to a full day of fresh air and outdoor fun. Not sure which park to pick? readers voted and selected these 10 as the “Best of Indiana”.