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Outdoor Fun

Get out and breathe the fresh air! Whether the pace is slow or swift, adventure is hidden around all of Grant County’s rural communities. Golf, camp, canoe, hike, bike and explore the area’s amazing attractions.

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…

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…

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…

Skate Park

Open to all adventurous spirits!  Extreme sports skaters of all levels are invited to enjoy the smooth surface and various ramps for skate tricks.   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…

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…

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…

Green Acres Campground

Open year round. Conveniently located just off of State Road 18.13 RV sites with water, electricity, and sewage.  Primitive camping available as well. Shady pull through sites. Quiet and relaxing campground featuring fishing pond, large campfire pits, firewood, bathrooms, showers and more.  Check out the Memorial Day Weekend or Labor Day Weekend annual music festivals,…

Hidden Lake Resort

Open April 15-October 15. 143 sites with water & electricity, 13 primitive sites. Primarily seasonal camping but we do have nightly sites available. Enjoy fishing, swimming, six-acre lake, pedal boats, kayaks, renovated camp store, five playgrounds, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, basketball court, game room, updated shower houses and a coin operated laundry facility. Family oriented…

I-69 Speedway

1/4 mile clay track racing sprints, modified and street stock. Fast paced action and fun!  Special races each season. Races May through September annually. In business for more than 20 years, several top drivers have raced here.  Recently retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon raced here, as did NASCAR and Indy driver J.J. Yeley and Spring…

James Dean Birthsite Memorial

Legendary actor James Dean and his family lived in the House of Seven Gables that stood on this site when Dean was born on February 8, 1931.  This timeless memorial honors the star and the many accomplishments he made during his all too short acting career.  Take a moment to reflect, pay homage, and honor…

Jonesboro Park & Shelter House

Your children will love this park!  Historic Obadiah Jones Cabin sits in the scenic park with a playground, ball diamonds and a 3,200 sq. ft. community building.

Mar-Brook Campground

Open April 15-October 15. 200 Sites with water and 20 or 30 amp electricity and 115 sites with water, electricity and sewage. Pull through sites, river fishing, fishing lake, hiking trails, swimming pool, bingo, recreation building, arcade, snack bar, 2 playgrounds, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, miniature golf, laundry, grocery and camping supplies, and dump stations.

Marion National Cemetery

Serene, peaceful resting place for many veterans of many wars. Henry Smith, a Civil War veteran, was the first to be buried here on May 29, 1890. In 1888, Colonel George W. Steele, Indiana’s congressional representative, successfully convinced his colleagues in Washington, D.C., of the need for a Soldier’s Home in Grant County. Subsequently, the…

Marion’s Mississinewa Riverwalk

Scenic path that follows the Mississinewa River and stretches for 2.25 miles. The walkway begins at Washington Street bridge and 1st Street, and extends through Matter Park, providing a trail system for recreation and physical fitness.  Walk, jog, run, bike, roller-blade – this paved trail is perfect for all types of activity.  Families and children love this trail!

Matter Park

Open year round. The largest and oldest park in Marion, possessing a strong naturalistic character, is the center for many festivals. Don’t miss the native beauty of the butterfly/wildflower garden! Within the park are softball and baseball fields, grills, restrooms, picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, a fishing pond, disc golf course, volleyball courts, and a walking…

Meshingomesia Golf & Social Club

Public access golf course.  The 18-hole “Meshingomesia” course at the Meshingomesia Country Club facility in Marion, Indiana features 6,242 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 70.3 and it has a slope rating of 120 on Bent grass.  Designed by William Diddle/Clarence Lamboley, the Meshingomesia…

Miami Indian Cemetery

The Miami Indian Cemetery is the largest Indian Cemetery in Indiana. Established in the mid-1800s on the Miami Indian reservation, it is the burial site of Chief Meshingomesia and members of his tribe. The land was deeded to the Miami by the United States in the Treaty of 1840. Historic Miami Indian schoolhouse also located…

Mississinewa Reservoir

14,386 acres and a 1,100 acre lake.  Mississinewa Lake, one of the three Upper Wabash flood-control reservoirs, offers excellent fishing, hunting  and boating opportunities in the heart of north-central Indiana. In addition to featuring a 400-plus-site campground and family cabins, Mississinewa was the first state property in Indiana to introduce seasonal camping, where visitors can retain…

Obadiah Jones Cabin

The first log cabin in Jonesboro, purchased by Obadiah Jones in 1834. Obadiah Jones founded the town of Jonesboro and lived on Main Street in this cabin. On display in the Jonesboro Park, restored and maintained today by the Jonesboro Historical Society. Site of the annual Old Settlers’ Day Festival.

Playacres Park

Open year round. Thirteen acre park offers a shelter house, playground, picnic shelters, picnic tables, grills, a lighted basketball court, baseball diamonds and a tennis court. Home of the James Dean Run classic and custom car show each September. Playacres Park  features a 2,000 sq. ft. community building

River’s Edge Family Golf Center

Bring the whole family!  Enjoy the day with us, or spend your evening here. Miniature golf is a great way to connect with your family and friends, and you may just end up with the lowest score!  We also offer a driving range and batting cages.  Try our new foot golf course and see if you can conquer this…

Salamonie Reservoir

11,594 acres and a 2,855 acre lake. This property boasts sixty ponds, marshes and wetlands. The name Salamonie was derived from the Native American word “O-sah-mo-nee,” which means “yellowpaint.” Native Americans made yellow paint from the bloodroot plant which grew in great abundance along the winding banks of the river.  Be sure to visit the nearby…

Shady Hills Golf Course

Shady Hills Golf Course is a rolling 18 holes of golf with eleven water hazards and numerous sand bunkers. Shady Hills has a complete golf pro shop, driving range.  Beautiful golf course close to all the amenities in Marion.

Splash House Water Park

Water slides, lazy river, play pad, sand volleyball area, and a large wave pool make this the place to be for summer sun and family fun. Cabana rentals, locker rentals, and concessions. Surf lessons available. Private parties and special group rates. Seasonal, M-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm.  $8 adult, $6 children, students & seniors. Free admission age…

Sports Lake Campground

Open May 1-September 30. Primitive, modern and deluxe accommodations available. Gated, quiet campground offers long, gravel pull-through section, woods, stocked 11-acre lake, in-ground swimming pool, bath house, miniature golf, arcade, playground, boat rental, basketball court, and dump station. Sports Lake Campground is the closest full service campground to exit 259 off I-69 and is very…

Sweetser Switch Trail

The Sweetser Switch Trail is the ideal place for walking, running, bicycling, roller blading and horseback riding. A paved and stoned trail stretches for one mile with beautiful landscaping, benches, shelters, and tables for picnics. The trail includes a 1916 wooden caboose, restored parlor car, and mail car for different recreational events. The Sweetser Switch…

Walnut Creek/Club Run Golf Courses

Walnut Creek and Club Run Golf Courses lie in the rolling hills of eastern Grant County. Lakes, creeks and forests complete the natural setting for this 36-hole complex including a covered range and a short game learning center. 4 star Golf Digest rating! “Indiana’s Most Inviting golf course that you don’t have to be an expert…