If you live in or around the central Indiana region, you may have heard of Johnson County Park. However, you may not know all of the amenities and attractions that they have to offer. Located in Edinburgh, Indiana this park has all of the activities that you need for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Edinburgh, Indiana is about 25 miles south of Indianapolis, the state capital.
For those who want to make it a weekend getaway, Johnson County Park offers camping with 54 RV sites that cost $16 per night with water and 30 amp electrical service and there is a dump station on site. Tent camping is available at a rate of $8 per night. The park has built a new heated and cooled, handi-capped accessible bathhouse this year which includes 8 individual showers, 10 toilets, 3 urinals, 4 hand dryers, and 2 wash stations.
For those just wanting to spend the day and have a picnic, you can do so by enjoying one of the 15 shelter houses which have grills and 4 picnic tables in each one. Some of these have electricity. Many times these are reserved several months in advance, but you can about always get into one of these.
Johnson County park has plenty of activities that one can do while there for the day or the weekend, The park offers 6 basketball courts, 4 sand volleyball courts, baseball field, tennis courts, several outdoor horseshoe pitching areas, 4 playgrounds, and a beach. The park is also home to an indoor horseshoe arena, which is known for being one of the finest in Indiana. It is the host facility for many tournaments including the State Championships each year. The park also has an amphitheater which hosts many concerts in the summer months. You can find out about those and get tickets at the park office.
For the man who still must have his toys, Johnson County Park has plenty to offer him too. Johnson County Park offers a radio controlled flying field that is home to several sponsored fly-ins and an remote control off- road car track. Many weekends, I have driven past the park and seen the radio controlled planes flying over the course.
The park also houses the Indiana Live Steamers train rides. These rides are available the third Saturday of each month at a cost of $2 per person from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Each rider will experience a ride on a train pulled by a real steam engine . This is a 71/2 inch gauge railroad that provides a trip of 9 scale miles or approximately 6000 square feet. While aboard the train, riders will cross three bridges, travel through forested park land, along a cat tailed lines creek and even through a wide open prairie in a 20 minute trip.
Located within the park is also Whispering Pines 9 hole Golf Course with driving range. All ages are welcome to this course and it offers 3 par 3’s, 3 par 4’s and 3 par 5’s that are built into the natural layout of the land. There are many flowers and plants along the course.
In September, the Park is home to the Heartnut Festival and Rendezvous, a celebration of pioneer days. This year the festival is marking its 24th year and will be held September 11-13. The park is also home to several antique tractor shows and even a car show.
There is “more than corn in Indiana” and you can see some of it in Johnson County Park, Edinburgh, Indiana. Feel free to make plans today to visit as I am sure that you can find something for everyone in your party or family. Activities abound and you will enjoy your visit.