Directions : from Columbus, go east on SR 46 about 8.5 miles to CR 925 E (on the right) and turn right. The road will turn sharply left, becoming CR 200 N. Follow this road about 2.2 miles to CR 1140 E (on the left just before the creek) and turn left. Go about 0.4 mile to the parking lot on the left.
Batting Cages at Lincoln Park
Best Bike Ride in Indiana
According to Bicycling magazine, the 56-mile bike route that starts in Columbus is the best bike ride in the state. It’s not too hard and not too easy, ranking 5 out of 10 on their difficulty scale.
“I’ve ridden in nearly all corners of Indiana and 23 other states, and my favorite ride is from Columbus heading west into the hills,” says Connie Szabo Schmucker, advocacy director for Bicycle Garage Indy. “You can ride fifty miles and see ten cars total.”
The starting location is ideal, you can jump off Interstate 65 and be parked and ready to go in minutes.
- View the CERA Park guide (PDF)
Or you can head indoors and use the 30,000-square-foot sports and fitness center with two full gyms, a cardio room, a running/walking track, a weight room, and locker rooms, as well as a Fitness Center to help you achieve your fitness goals! Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate how close the park is to two state parks that are favorites in Indiana: Brown County State Park, the largest in the state known for its stunning vistas, is only thirty minutes away, and Clifty Falls State Park, with its must-see waterfalls, is only sixty minutes away.
CERA is also known for its beautiful 355-site campground, including camping cabins, and has been a prime location for motor coach and camping club rallies. In 2013, CERA was given a ranking of 9/10 for facilities, 9/10 for restrooms, and 10/10 for appeal by Good Sam Camping Club and the park is now a Good Sam Certified destination. CERA also hosts many local youth camping retreats for scouts, church groups, and school athletic teams, because they have found that it is a perfect choice for team building and camaraderie.
TripAdvisor reviewer Rhilohso recently wrote, “We had a beautiful campsite right on the lake and under some beautiful pine trees. It was really the best campsite we have ever stayed in. So much nature but also so many others things to do there. We enjoyed kayaking (brought our own), putt putt, disc golf, driving range etc. We took a day trip to Brown County State Park for horseback riding and hiking. Great fall weekend with family.”
In addition, CERA is the host site for Bartholomew County Little League, Fastpitch Softball, and Baseball tournaments and leagues, and is an AAU-sanctioned park.
Trips begin and end in Columbus. The trips are mostly unguided, unless a guided excursion is requested.
Our trips are for beginners through advanced, except when waters are high. Choose from eleven different models of kayaks to match up paddlers to the given conditions.
Guides are very experienced and have degrees in environmental science, wildlife biology, and related fields.
Our approach is about a quality experience – we rarely will put more than ten paddlers out at a time and shuttle in Chevy Suburbans.
Our trips are all about the wilderness experience and wildlife viewing. We use high-end $700 kayaks and the best gear.
We also are an outfitter, matching up group demographics to different trips.
Driftwood River 3.5 Hr Trip = $50/person (Big Comfy Kayaks)
Driftwood River 5.5 Hr Trip = $60/person (Big Comfy Kayaks)
Driftwood River 7.25 Hr Trip = $65/person (Big Comfy Kayaks)
White River 6.5 hour Trip = $60/person (Big Comfy Kayaks)
Have your own Kayak? We shuttle kayakers for $20-$35/person
Columbus Rock Gym
1551 Cottage Ave
Be part of a climbing community that is passionate, determined, and supportive. Whether you’re here for a day or committed to years, we’ve got exactly what you need. The cheapest climbing prices you’ll find in the region! Guaranteed.
Photo by The Republic newspaper
Hamilton Center Ice Skating
Because of an increased community interest in ice skating and the need to extend the skating season, the community decided to enclose the outdoor rink in 1975. Koster and Associates designed the enclosure of the large ice arena as an extension of the existing center with similar exterior materials and architectural details, and now includes a regulation- sized hockey rink and an adjacent practice rink, so the facility offers year-round skating.
Photo by Lynn Lucas
Mill Race Park is managed by Columbus Parks and Recreation. Contact them at (812) 376-2680.
Learn more about biking in Columbus
Jolie Crider Memorial Skatepark
In Clifty Park – Indiana Avenue and Marr Road
The city’s latest design destination is unique – it’s a skatepark designed by Janne Saario, a Finnish landscape architect and former professional skater.
As noted in an Oct. 1, 2019 New York Times article: “The podcast ’99 Percent Invisible’ got Mr. Saario the job: Jonathan Nesci, a designer who lives in Columbus and is the father of a skater, cold-emailed the architect after listening to ‘The Pool and the Stream,’ a 2017 episode about the connection between curvaceous swimming pools and skatepark design featuring Mr. Saario.” – read the full NYT article by Alexandra Lange
See more photos of the skatepark
Touch The Earth Natural Area is the largest park in Bartholomew County and features natural hiking trails and bird watching.
Photo courtesy Arrows Sent Forth
Many championship tournaments have been held at this property, including: the 1991 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, AJGA tournaments, NCAA regional championships, the Independent Youth classic, and the Indiana Men’s Amateur Championship – 26 times. The course has also served as a qualification site for the U.S and Senior Open, plus the National Public Links.
- Go to the Otter Creek Golf Course page, with more information about the course
- View photos of Otter Creek during the 2014 AJGA golf tournament
Designed by Clyde Johnston with Indiana native Fuzzy Zoeller, Timbergate is one of the premiere public courses in Indiana. The links-style design was geared to be both challenging to experienced players as well as playable by higher handicappers. Each hole has five or more bent grass tee beds to vary the yardage of the course from 5,000 to 7,000 yards.
CLOSE TO COLUMBUS
Indiana’s largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland. And, of course, Nashville is on the edge of the park and features dozens of art galleries, artisan shops, and restaurants.