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Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell

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Spring Mill State Park is a 1,358-acre (5 km2) state park in the state of Indiana. The park is located to the south of Bloomington, about 3 miles (5 km) east of the city of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60. It contains a settler's village, the Gus Grissom Memorial (with the accompanying Gemini 3 space capsule), a nature's center, and campgrounds.

The park is located on the Mitchell Karst Plain, which allowed the park's caves and sinkholes to form in the limestone. The caves include Bronson Cave, Twin Caves, Shawnee Cave (Donaldson Cave), Hamer Cave, and others. A boat tour of Twin Caves is run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which travels about 500 feet (150 m) into the cave.

A portion of the park is virgin timber, protected in the Donaldson Woods Nature Preserve. The Mitchell Karst Plain Nature Preserve is notable for its large number of sinkholes, more than 1000 per square mile. Many of the park's features were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, including the Spring Mill Inn, Spring Mill Lake, and most of the trails. The park attracts about 675,000 visitors annually.
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  • So the grist mill right know isnt working. When we went the guy said they were going to have to fix something on the inside to make it work again. No big deal even with it not working this was a... 
    So the grist mill right know isnt working. When we went the guy said they were going to have to fix something on the inside to make it work again. No big deal even with it not working this was a...  more »
  • This is really cool place to see & experience a working Grist Mill plus all the grounds and other old buildings are really nice. You can purchase ground corn 🌽 also. We stayed in our RV in their... 
    This is really cool place to see & experience a working Grist Mill plus all the grounds and other old buildings are really nice. You can purchase ground corn 🌽 also. We stayed in our RV in their...  more »
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  • What an amazing state park! I came on a day trip for a University course field trip and we were able to get a private tour with the Park Naturalist, Sherri. She was so knowledgeable about the park, the caves, the invasive species, and the history. It was wonderful to see the various springs and caves - I think Spring Mill deserves to be a national park!
  • Food was good and there was plenty of it. They have same issues as other restaurants...not enough staff. I left a good tip and hope others did too. The waitress was hustling to take care of everyone.

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