Outdoor Activities

Arbor Trace Golf Course

Beautiful rolling golf course with irrigated, tree lined fairways. Water comes into play on six holes. A golfing challenge from beginning to single handicappers. Golf outings welcome with picnic area available. Our courteous and friendly staff will greet you in our fully stocked pro shop.

Canoe Launch

Open all year; provides access to the Mississinewa River.  Relax and enjoy scenic canoeing along the river.

Cardinal Greenway

Enjoy biking, hiking, or jogging along the beautiful portion of the Cardinal Greenway rail-trail project in Grant County. Major trailheads with parking are located in Marion behind Westwood Square on Miller Avenue between 2nd and 6th Streets, at Hogin Park at Valley Avenue and 14th Street, and in Jonesboro/Gas City at the intersection of SR 22/35 and Water Street, just east of SR 15. The trail funs for 17 miles through Jonesboro, Gas City, Marion, Sweetser, and Converse. No motorized vehicles allowed on trail.

Converse Junction Trail

The Converse Junction Trail consists of 3 miles of paved trail, perfect for walking or biking. You’ll enjoy the natural beauty of the area and while in Converse, you’ll love exploring the quaint shops and amazing restaurants. Bring your family for a day of outdoor fun and fresh air.

Cumberland Covered Bridge

The 181-foot covered timbered bridge, built in 1877 and restored in 1999, spans the Mississinewa River at Matthews and is the last remaining covered bridge in Grant County. It was swept from its abutments by the great 1913 flood, and floated a quarter mile downstream. It was later returned to its abutments by horses. The bridge is the site of an annual festival on the weekend after Labor Day.  Scenic, serene setting for picnics or daydreams.

Elks Country Club

Limited public access golf course.  The Elks is a private equity facility golf course with a ‘Accompanied By Member’ guest policy.   The Elks is a fun 18 hole regulation course located at the Marion Elks Country Club facility in Marion, IN. From the longest tees it presents 6,377 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course was designed by Bill Biddel and opened in 1962.  The course rating is 70.8 with a slope rating of 123.  

Extreme Sports Skateboard Park

Open to all adventurous spirits!  Bring your board and your friends.  Easily accessible from the Cardinal Greenway trail, and close to the Splash House at Junction Park.

Gardens of Matter Park, The

Located in the heart of Matter Park along the Mississinewa River, the Gardens of Matter Park are 6.3 acres of aesthetic beauty. The gardens have become a regional Hoosier garden showcase, which utilize Proven Winners plants, and have earned the prestigious designation as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. Beautiful water features, gardens, and garden structures grace the area. A butterfly garden and a children’s garden provide learning tools for the next generation. The gardens are the site of memories in the making, hosting weddings, reunions, graduations, concerts in the park, and other wonderful community events.

Gas City Park

The Gas City Park features shelter houses, ball diamonds, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds and fishing for kids. Festivals held here annually include Summer Concerts in the Park Series, Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, Ducktail Run Rod & Custom Show in September, and a Christmas light display each December. The park includes a 2,900 sq. ft. community building, band shell, pond, playground, petting zoo, and outdoor swimming pool.  Pool is open seasonally from 12-6pm Mon-Sat and 1-6pm Sun.  $3.50 adults, $2.50 18 and under.  Tuesdays $2.  Swim lessons available, and the pool can… Read more »

Grant County’s Garfield Trail

Fairmount Indiana is the hometown of Jim Davis, creator of the comic strip Garfield. And Jim Davis’ and Garfield’s presence continue to be felt throughout east central Indiana with Grant County’s Garfield Trail. Visit twelve unique statues of America’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, Garfield. Located in Marion, Indiana and surrounding Grant County cities, the statues each measure approximately five feet in height and depict Jim Davis’s Garfield in fun costumes or situations. Taking a trip along the Garfield trail is a great family activity and presents a number of fun photo opportunities. Download the Garfield Trail Brochure & Map  If You… Read more »