Play in Pulaski County!
Are you looking for outdoor spring activities to enjoy in picturesque Pulaski County, Indiana? We have a great list to get your adventure started!
Whether you are a current resident of Pulaski County or a visitor, we invite you to explore and enjoy the plethora of activities Pulaski County offers during the spring. There is something for everyone!
On your mark, get set . . . sports . . . where players and spectators unite! Spring brings an abundance of youth sport activities. Relish in their enthusiasm as you cheer them on during a t-ball, baseball or softball game at the quaint town parks of Francesville, Medaryville, Winamac, and Star City. These parks are also the perfect place for a picnic! You can also enjoy Winamac and West Central high school sports with spring baseball game or track meet.
The Winamac Town Park is home to the youth soccer league, sand volleyball league and leisure courts, as well as the fastest growing sport in the county, pickleball! It’s played each evening during the week and is a sport for all ages and levels.
Now, change up the pace and start peddling. Bicycling enthusiasts enjoy the Panhandle Pathway, the paved road inside the Tippecanoe River State Park and cycling routes throughout the county. Runners can cover the distance on the Panhandle Pathway too or even the trails at Tippecanoe River State Park. Hikers can journey through the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area, Tippecanoe River State Park, Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area, and the Berns-Meyer Nature Preserve.
If the serene, rural spaces of the great outdoors sound great to you, navigate the wooded areas for Morel mushrooms. Mushroom hunting is a highly sought-after activity at both Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area and the Tippecanoe River State Park. Spring turkey hunting is allowed on the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area and the Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area properties. Deer sheds hunting is also another spring hunting adventure often enjoyed throughout Pulaski County.
Do you enjoy the sight and sound of birds? Spring offers the opportunity to see over 100 species of birds in Pulaski County right alongside many of Indiana’s spring wildflowers. Bird watchers can enjoy the public access provided by Tippecanoe River State Park, Winamac Fish & Wildlife area, Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area and the Berns-Meyer Nature Preserve.
You can go from peddling to paddling! One of the most peaceful activities around is a canoe or kayak trip down the scenic Tippecanoe River. Paddlers can enjoy the site of the beautiful red buds that line the river during the month of April. Riverside Rentals is one local resource offering rentals and drop-off and pick-up services.
Want a fresh catch while you’re on the water? Fisherman have long enjoyed the easy access the Winamac Town Park provides to the Tippecanoe River. Winamac Fish & Wildlife and Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife each have ponds for public fishing. Tippecanoe River State Park also offers river fishing opportunities. After the big one? Muskie fisherman have great success fishing for Muskie at Bruce Lake.
Are you an animal lover? You can schedule a tour of the Peaceable Primate Sanctuary, a non-profit which is a sustainable sanctuary providing lifetime care to baboons and other non-human primates. If you’re an equestrian, enjoy riding on the horse trails in Tippecanoe River State Park.
Feeling adventurous? Get together a crew at the paintball fields of Fort Knox Paintball. Or check out the fire tower at the Tippecanoe River State Park, all 106 steps of it. The view is second-to-none!
As the sun sets you can listen to the engines roar as you watch a race at Shady Hill Speedway or take in the moon and stars against the night sky as a majestic backdrop to a campfire. You can set up camp at one of the campgrounds in Pulaski County or Tippecanoe River State Park. Tippecanoe River State Park offers primitive campsites, electrical hook-up sites and cabin rentals.
Whew, now let’s slow it down and take this all in. Whether you are a resident or guest of Pulaski County, we hope this encourages you to begin or resume exploring and creating your path though Pulaski County this spring. So . . . what will you do first?
This article is the compilation of input from a few local resident volunteers. It is not intended to be fully inclusive of every activity available in Pulaski County. The focus of this publication is outdoor activity to spark ideas for exploring. If you have suggestions for content to incorporate in future articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.