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Anderson Falls, by Gary Scroggins
Anderson Falls
Located five miles east of Columbus, off of Highway 46
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A forty-four acre park featuring a cascading waterfall (amount of water varies by rainfall) and two hiking paths of 1.75 and 2.25 miles.

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.

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Batting Cages at Lincoln Park
812-418-0011
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Two slow pitch softball, two fast pitch softball, two baseball. Machines are also available for team rental. Hours may vary due to scheduled tournaments and weather – call (812) 418-0011 for the latest schedule.
best bike ride in the state
Best Bike Ride in Indiana
Starts at Dag’s Deli
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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.

 Blue's Canoes
Blue's Canoes
812.526.9851
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Blue’s Canoe Livery is located just north of Columbus and nearby Edinburgh Premium Outlets. It is an outdoor recreation center that provides canoe, kayak, and raft trips on the Driftwood River, as well as camping and smallmouth bass fishing. The most popular river trips flow through a secluded state wildlife preserve and a part of Camp Atterbury wilderness area, where you may encounter deer, beaver, great blue heron, osprey, and wild turkey. There are occasional mild rapids for added excitement. Large groups are welcome, overnight camping is available, and a shelter house can be used for picnics.
 BMX track at Dunn Stadium
BMX track at Dunn Stadium

876 Spears Street, North of 4H Fairgrounds, Columbus
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Columbus BMX is your home for racing excitement and family fun! Anybody, any age, can race BMX. All you need is a bike and a desire to have fun! Come join us at the track to learn more about the exciting sport of BMX racing! There is a spot for everyone in BMX, from the two-year-old on a Strider bike, to the expert racer chasing an Olympic dream, to Moms and Dads looking for a fun new form of exercise.
Columbus Bowling Center
Bowling Center
812.372-7857
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Whether you’re a competitive bowler or a casual bowler we have a league that fits you. Have a blast under the black lights cosmic bowling with your friends!
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CERA Park
812-377-5849
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Less than ten minutes southeast of Columbus, your family can have their pick of a wide range of recreation options at CERA Park, a 345-acre park with both indoor and outdoor activities. You may have a hard time choosing from the many things you can do, there’s a stocked lake for fishing, paddle boats, row boats, canoes, seven shelter houses, and picnic areas. Then there are two outdoor basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, six horseshoe pits, two sandpit volleyball courts, a go-kart track, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a driving range, six tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts many events, playgrounds, a remote control airplane strip, a rifle and archery range, a trap and skeet range, nine ball diamonds, an aquatic center with a large water slide and toddler play area.

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.

Mill Race Park covered bridge, Columbus, Indiana
Columbus Kayaks

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812-340-0700
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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.

Costs

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

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Columbus Rock Gym

1551 Cottage Ave
812-799-3193
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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.

Donner Park waterslide, photo by The Republic newspaper
Donner Park
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Donner Park has a 50-meter outdoor pool with a 160-foot water flume slide, in-pool climbing wall during special periods, a snack bar, and a zero-depth pool. The park also has picnic areas, shelterhouse, restrooms, play areas, and basketball courts, shuffleboard and horseshoes, People Trails, multi-purpose room with seating for 350. Four Tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo by The Republic newspaper

Hamilton Center
Hamilton Center Ice Skating
812-376-2686
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The original Swiss chalet style building was designed by Harry Weese as a community building with warming house and changing rooms for an outdoor ice rink. The building exterior features rough-hewn granite boulder battered walls and glass with views to the exterior. The interior features triple-peaked roof with wood beams and planking. A central granite fireplace, highlighting the spacious interior, is surrounded by wooden benches, an inviting sight to chilled skaters.

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.

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Mill Race Park covered bridge, Columbus, Indiana
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Landscape Management recognized this 85-acre riverfront park as one of the top 100 parks in the nation for design, reputation, and accessibility. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and featuring structures by Stanley Saitowitz, it includes an 84-foot observation tower, a covered bridge, people trails, fishing at two lakes, picnic shelters, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and an amphitheater that hosts concerts and performances.

Mill Race Park is managed by Columbus Parks and Recreation. Contact them at (812) 376-2680.

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People Trails

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Anything people powered is welcome on the more than 27 miles of paved trails, and the route in and around town and into the countryside is a pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors. The paths run very close to three rivers, two creeks, plenty of green space and productive farmland. Great for leisurely exercise with a distraction or two.
2012 Professional Putters Association National Championship, Columbus, Indiana
Putt Putt Fun Center
812-376-3136
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Host of the 2012 Professional Putters Association National Championship.
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Skate Park

Jolie Crider Memorial Skatepark
In Clifty Park – Indiana Avenue and Marr Road
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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

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skaters at Columbus Skateland
Skateland
812-372-6677
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Columbus Skateland is a locally-owned and locally-operated skating rink that has been serving the Columbus area for over 35 years. This clean, safe, reasonably-priced, family-orientated facility serves Columbus and surrounding South Central Indiana counties.
Tangeman Woods, Columbus, Indiana - photo by Arrows Sent Forth
Sycamore Land Trust
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The mostly wooded 32-acre Tangeman Woods features the Outdoor Lab nature trail, which the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District created in the 1970s and continues to use for school field trips. The Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation donated the preserve to Sycamore Land Trust in 2007 and named it in memory of Clementine Tangeman, a past owner of the property and sister of J. Irwin Miller.

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

GOLF COURSES

Clifty Creek Golf Course
Clifty Creek Golf Course
12000 E Co Rd 225 N, Hope, IN 47246
812-372-6031
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Nine-hole golf course featuring 2,955 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par 36. This pristine course on rolling terrain is known as “The Relax Spot.”
Greenbelt Golf Course - Columbus, Indiana
Greenbelt Golf Course
1000 N Gladstone Ave, Columbus,
812-376-2684
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Nine-hole community golf course in the heart of Columbus, close to Columbus Regional Hospital
Otter Creek Golf Course
Otter Creek Golf Course
11522 E. 50 N., Columbus
812-579-5227
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Otter Creek Golf Course has been ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S. since its inception in 1964. Located in the midst of a serene countryside, Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the original 18 holes of this championship course. His design harmonizes the gently rolling hills of southern Indiana with adding his incredible knowledge of the game by utilizing the existing contours of the land to ensure that each shot is as natural as it could possibly be.

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.

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Rocky Ford Par 3 golf course - Columbus, Indiana
Rocky Ford Par 3 golf course
200 Par 3 Drive, Columbus, IN
812-376-2687
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Timbergate Golf Course, Edinburgh, Indiana
Timbergate Golf Course, Edinburgh, Indiana
151 St Andrews Ave, Edinburgh, IN
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Timbergate Golf Course is one of four Indiana courses rated as a “good value” by Golf Digest, and the only one in Southern Indiana. Named for the rich history of wood crafting the town was built upon, Timbergate is located minutes from Edinburgh Premium Outlet shopping facility and Hoosier Horse Park.

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

Brown County Park vista, photo by Gary Scroggins
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Brown County State Park is located just thirty miles due west of Columbus. Nicknamed “The Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges, and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes, and deep gullies of the park.

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.

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Nearby - Brown County Adventure Park
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Explore Brown County Adventure Park offers: 15 zip lines, paintball, ATV and buggy tours, 30 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. Explore Brown County has the fastest, longest and tallest twin racing zip line in Indiana! Soar over a mile of cable to heights of 80’ through treetops, over hollows, and a lake. Buggy and ATV Tours explore 1,000 acres visiting historic sites. Paintball offers over 90 acres of woods and Speedball. Harvest Hall seats 250 while camping cabins sleep up to 80.