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Taking the Road Less Traveled – Hidden Outdoor Treasures in Indiana

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Indiana is a big state and that means there are countless attractions that don’t make it into the guidebooks or they don’t get a lot of attention. Here are a few attractions worth visiting that you could consider some ‘hidden treasures’ of Indiana.

Heron Rookery – Northwest Indiana

Located near the Indiana Dunes National Park – but not physically part of it – the Heron Rookery is a trail that follows the Calumet River and gets its name because there are about 100 Heron Nests located there (which you are not allowed to go near). The trail is a winding and beatiful journey through the woods along the Calumet River.

Amish Country Houses – Elkhart Country, Indiana

Places like Shipshewana and Goshen get all the attention when it comes to visiting Amish Country, but journey off the beaten path a little bit and explore the winding country roads throughout Amish Country. See how the Amish really live outside of the tourist towns. See beautiful farmsteads that have been around for over a hundred years, see animals, crops and a dearth of houses with no electricity running to them.

Corydon Battle Park – Corydon Indiana

The site of the only Civil War battle that took place in Indiana. The five acre site features the battleground, old log cabin, cannon and a walking trail to guide you through the history of the battle.

Talltree Aboretum – Valparaiso, Indiana

Located outside of beautiful Valparaiso, Indiana, the Talltree Arboretum seeks to return a chunk of former Indiana farmland back to it’s prairie roots by restoring the natural balance of the land and inviting flora and fauna to return. HEre you can enjoy miles of beautiful pathways, exciting regular events, lovely lakes and ponds and the best flowers in Northwest Indiana.

Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve Potholes – Attica – Warren County Indiana

Potholes don’t sound like the most exciting place to visit – but these are super special sandstone potholes, naturally formed by nature that are home to an amazing array of flora and fauna. Check out Fall Creek Gorge today!

What are your favorite hidden treasures in Indiana? We’ll announce a way you can enjoy some of Indiana’s outdoor treasures later today!

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.