Trip Idea

Experience Indiana Limestone

A guide to Southern Indiana’s Limestone heritage trail.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Rural Destinations, Art & Culture

Region: South Central

Destinations Included: Lawrence County Visitors Center, Bloomington Visitors Center, Oliver Winery, Indiana University, Monroe County History Center, Land of Limestone exhibit, Bluespring Caverns, Spring Mill State Park

Duration: 2-3 days

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Allow 2-3 days.

Explore the Limestone Heritage Trail in Lawrence and Monroe Counties. Well-known for its Bedford Limestone, Bedford and Bloomington showcase the rich quarry and carving history that has contributed to such famous national structures as the Lincoln Memorial, the Empire State Building and the new Yankee Stadium.

The Heritage Trail
From monuments to state parks to restaurants and walking tours, the trail provides many opportunities to learn and explore more about the limestone industry. Here’s just a few of the great stops along the way:

The journey begins in Bloomington at Oliver Winery , Indiana's oldest and largest winery, featuring a beautiful limestone "Stonehenge-esque" sculpture. While on-site, enjoy locally grown wines, a picnic near the pond and music concerts on the weekends. Indiana University is home to one of the largest concentrations of Indiana limestone buildings in the world. Stroll the campus' 19 building collection with a copy of Follow the Limestone: A Walking Tour of Indiana University by Brian Keith. Housed in the historic limestone Carnegie Library building, the Monroe County History Center features the history of Indiana limestone exhibit with photos, tools and a quarry diorama.

Head to Bedford, in Lawrence County, to visit the Land of Limestone exhibit at Oakland City University’s Bedford Campus. Housed in the original Indiana Limestone Company 1926 building the exhibit features limestone geology and architecture. Travel through a limestone cave on an underground river at Bluespring Caverns aboard the Myst’ry River Voyage. Get the inside story on how the cave was discovered, how it was forged and the creatures that live there. As the site of an 1800's village, Spring Mill State Park has become an outdoor recreation paradise offering hiking, horseback riding and caving opportunities. The Park also contains many limestone structures include the working grist mill, cemetery markers, pioneer-era kilns and park inn.

For the complete Limestone Trail, see their comprehensive guide .

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Lawrence County Visitors Center


Bloomington Visitors Center


Indiana University


Monroe County History Center


Bluespring Caverns


Spring Mill State Park


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