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“Nice state park has a lot to offer”
Review of Lincoln State Park

Lincoln State Park
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

One summer back in the mid-70s, my family drove from Kansas City and met my grandparents, who lived in northern Ohio, at a park in Indiana, where we camped for a week. I wanted to visit this park when we were in the area because I wanted to see if this was the place, but nothing seemed particularly familiar. It seems like a very nice park and I was glad we stopped, even if it didn’t jog any memories.

Established in 1932, the park encompasses 1,747 acres, and many of the recreational facilities which are still here were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

Front and center is a Lake Lincoln, which isn’t huge (I couldn’t find the actual lake acreage anywhere), but it includes a beach, and the log cabin where they rent canoes was especially picturesque. We also enjoyed walking across a bridge near the spillway.

There are several historic buildings within the park, probably the most important of which is the Little Pigeon Baptist Church, which Abraham Lincoln and his father helped build, and where Lincoln’s sister, Sarah Lincoln Grigsby, was buried in the cemetery after she died during childbirth in 1826. Other historical areas include: the Noah Gordon home and mill sites, the James Gentry home site, and the Colonel William Jones home.

While driving around the park, we also came across and walked around the Lincoln Amphitheater. This impressive 1,200-seat covered theater, which first opened in 1987, presents Lincoln-themed plays and musicals, as well as concerts and other events. We also visited the Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza in the park, built to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday. This is basically a monument which includes several statues and quotes, but the most unique aspect of the plaza is the area which showed Lincoln’s height at various ages as he was growing up. It’s fun to see how old Abe was when he was at your current height!

The park also has 150 campsites, and 25 rental cabins, as well as 10 miles of trails. I should mention that there’s a entrance fee of about $8 per vehicle for the park. I still think this is probably where my family gathered all those years ago, but regardless of that, it seems like a nice place to visit, camp, and to take in a show.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

We visited on a Thursday mainly just to do a couple trails. We saw on the website that there was a snake show in late morning so we did a trail and then took in the show. It was about 45 minutes long and was an excellent presentation of the many snakes that are native to the area. The naturalist did a wonderful job of keeping the attention of 10-12 kids under about 12 while also entertaining the adults. They had live and formerly live displays of many local animals in the nature center that we looked at before and after the show. We only scratched the surface of the trails by hiking up to the fire tower. There was a great 360 degree view of the are from the top of the tower. The trail was pretty steep but managed well even by our 7 year old. There is a nice, quiet fishing lake and a beach with rental kayaks and paddle boats.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

This Indiana state park offers boating, camping, and all sorts of outdoor activates. Great for that. But I came here wanting to visit Abraham Lincoln history, and was a little disappointed. The park's main purpose is recreation. Lincoln history just happen to be there. I felt some of the signage was difficult to understand. Having said that, the Lincoln history here is well preserved and accessible. The main draw is the Little Pigeon Baptist Church and the grave of Sarah Lincoln Grigsby, the sister of Abraham Lincoln. These locations are accessible by car and parking is clear by.

Admission to the park is $7.00 for Indiana residents and $9.00 for people from our of state.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Sherlock6142
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

We had a half day to sight see before we checked into our accommodations so we stopped here first after our drive to eat our lunch and explore. The kids really liked the Nature Center. They also have a huge amphitheater which was really cool to see. There are several trails to walk, however, we did not hike any of them as we only had so much time to spend there. The Lincoln monument area near the entrance of the park was neat to see too. It was great to spend time in nature and learn a few things too!

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Stacy L
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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

Brought my 2 youngest to enjoy the water and beach area at the lake. They had a blast! Lots of picnic areas, playground equipment, and lovely scenery!

Date of experience: May 2018
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