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Indiana Scenic Drives: Ohio River Scenic Byway

        Adventure | Midwest

Highlights of Ohio River Scenic Byway
Historic farms and architecture can be seen along the Ohio River Scenic Byway.

The beauty of Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway is unmatched, especially in the fall when the forests surrounding the byway change to red and golden tones. These beautiful colors are reflected in the blue serenity of the Ohio River. You can also take a side trip off the byway that leads to breathtaking views and opportunities for exciting sightseeing in the national and state forests surrounding the byway.

Also, you don't want to overlook the charm of the Indiana towns with their historic districts that stand proud with regal Victorian homes.

Heading east to west on the byway, consider using the following itinerary.

Hillforest Mansion: Begin at Hillforest Mansion in Aurora and sightsee. Travel along Highway 62, and continue on Highway 56 to Madison. This stretch is approximately 60 miles, but it's on very curvy roads and will take longer than you may expect.

J. F.D. Lanier State Historic Site and Clifty Falls State Park: The J. F.D. Lanier State Historic Site is located in Madison, and Clifty Falls State Park, with its many trails (some of them rugged), is located just outside the town on Highway 56.The town of Madison also has several historic sites open to the public as well as a wonderful Main Street.

Howard Steamboat Museum and Falls of the Ohio State Park: Follow Highway 56 out of Madison, and head south on Highway 62, just past the town of Hanover. Highway 62 will take you into Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany. These are also known as the Falls Cities and are directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. The Howard Steamboat Museum and Falls of the Ohio State Park are located here.

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site: Continue on Highway 62 out of New Albany to Corydon. This is where the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site is located -- Indiana's first state capital. Other historic sites and a Civil War battle memorial are also located in Corydon. Corydon is approximately 20 miles from New Albany.

Wyandotte Caves and Woods: About ten miles west of Corydon on Highway 62, you come to the Wyandotte Caves and Wyandotte Woods. A variety of cave tours are available, and Wyandotte Woods offers hiking, camping, and picnic areas. Just past the town of Leavenworth, about eight miles from the Wyandotte area, take Highway 66. Around this area, you'll enter the Hoosier National Forest, where you will find a variety of activities.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Stay on Highway 66 through the Ohio River towns of Cannelton, site of the Cannelton Cotton Mill (a National Register site),Tell City, and Grandview. As a side trip, take U.S. 231 north just past Grandview to Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. This national park celebrates the life of Abraham Lincoln. He lived in a cabin at this site from the age of 7 to 21.

Angel Mounds State Historic Site: Back at Grandview, stay on Highway 66 to Newburgh. Angel Mounds State Historic Site is between Newburgh and Evansville.

Reitz Home Museum: The Reitz Home Museum is located in the historic downtown Riverside District of Evansville. This is just a short distance from the Ohio River. Take Highway 62 west out of Evansville. It's about 25 miles to the Illinois border and the end of the Indiana portion of the route.

Travelers on the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Indiana have the unique opportunity to follow in Abraham Lincoln's boyhood steps, trod the path of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad, and experience the fascinating history of quaint river towns.

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