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High Adventure

  • Indiana Scenic Drive: Ohio River Scenic Byway (Hoosier National Forest section) - Redgate Retreat sits right on the Scenic Byway - it's a great stop if you are traveling the full distance - and a great place to start if you want to just "drive a bit".  
  • Indiana Caverns Family Adventure Park
  • Wyandotte Caves
  • Marengo Cave
  • Squire Boone Caverns
  • Indiana Cave Trail - Four Cave Passport!
  • Louisville Mega Cavern and underground Ziplines
  • Squire Boone Zip Lines
  • Hemlock Cliffs Rappelling/Climbing
  • Paoli Peaks Skiing in winter months

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Off Pavement Activities

  • STAR gazing - THE 2024 TOTAL ECLIPSE - see the gallery section to see where Redgate Retreat is located pertaining to the Eclipse. Fantastic View! Learn more at the NASA site. 
  • Gravel Biking - Miles and miles of Gravel Routes and Segments for gravel riders - some of the best in Indiana- see  - Or check out the pic in our Gallery Section with the blue and yellow lines!
  • Hoosier National Forest - Back-country trails, beautiful hills, historic features and rural crossroad communities make this a special treat all around Redgate Retreat. the Forest Includes: 
  • - Bike-trails
  • - Horse-trails
  • - Hiking (Check out Hemlock Cliffs - it's stunning - especially in early spring when the springs are running - only 10 miles from Redgate Retreat. Another great one is the Oriole Trail - trailhead is  less than 3 miles away! - it's designed for hikers, trialbikers and horses)
  • - Backpacking
  • - Trail Running
  • - Back-Country adventure
  • - Click here for more about Hoosier National Forest 
  • - Click here for more about Crawford County Hiking Trails
  • Forest Bathe/Shinrin-yoku - Connect with Nature - If you've never heard of it, it's truly peaceful. Try it, you may love it!


  • For golf enthusiasts - Redgate Retreat is right in the middle of some truly amazing courses. Spend the week, play some golf! 
  • Sultan's Run Golf Course
  • French Lick Resort Donald Ross Course
  • French Lick Resort Pete Dye Course (Pictured)
  • French Lick Resort Valley Links Course (9 hole)
  • Lucas Oil Golf Course
  • Old Capital Golf Course
  • Chariot Run Golf Course
  • Christmas Lake Golf Course
  • Best Southern Indiana Golf Courses - Hidden Gems For Golfing

Themeparks and Waterparks

  • Lots of crazy parks for you adrenaline junkies! You are completely surrounded by Amusement and Water Parks at Redgate Retreat!
  • Holiday World and Splashin' Safari (Pictured)
  • O'Bannon Woods State Park Water Park
  • Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
  • River Run Family Water Park New Albany
  • Big Splash Adventure Water Park
  • All are about 25 to 35 minutes away (except for Kentucky Kingdom/Hurricane Bay, usually 45min to 60min depending on traffic)


  • The Historic locations around Redgate Retreat continue to amaze and inspire wonder! So much to see, so amazing to walk back in time!
  • Lilywhite Sulphur Spring's Carved Step-stone Rock - (just below the house - ask owners for more info! It's really cool!)
  • O'Bannon Woods State Park Historic Haypress/Pioneer Farmstead
  • Rickenbaugh House at Indian-Celina Lake Recreational Area - only 10 miles away
  • Boone's Mill at Squire Boone Caverns
  • Harrison-Crawford State Park 1800 Village
  • Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial
  • Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum (Pictured)
  • Corydon State Historic Sites - Indiana's first State Capital
  • French Lick and West Baden Hotels
  • LST-325 Battleship Memorial - Last of the Class
  • St. Meinrad Archabbey - one of only two Archabbeys in the USA
  • Monastery Immaculate Conception

Lakes, Rivers and Beaches

  • Patoka Lake - 8800 acre lake
  • - boat rentals
  • - marina
  • - waterskiing
  • - fishing
  • - wildlife: eagles, osprey, river otters, freshwater jellyfish
  • - Nature Center and Interpretive areas
  • Indian-Celina Lake Recreational Area (Hoosier National Forest) - paddling, fishing, boating
  • Tipsaw Lake Recreational Area (Hoosier National Forest) - Beach, playground, picnic areas, fishing, boating
  • Blue River Cave Country Canoes - canoes, kayaks, creeking
  • Ohio River - Belle of Louisville - operating Mississippi style riverboat/paddlewheel

Food and Drink

  • Ole Country Store (Sulpher) - just for fun!
  • The Overlook Restaurant & Walter's Pub (Leavenworth) - amazing view!
  • Marcy's Restaurant & Catering (Leopold) - Ribs, pies and monthly prime rib!
  • Schwartz Family Restaurant (Eckerty) - True Amish cooking and stellar breakfasts!
  • Derby Tavern and Derby General Store (Derby) - fun food and impeccable small town store/grocery!
  • Schnitzelbank (Jasper) - true German fare & atmosphere - wise to make reservations!
  • Wineries:
  • - Winzerwald Winery (Bristow)
  • - Blue Heron Vineyard and Winery (Cannelton)
  • - Patoka Lake Winery (Birdseye)
  • - Turtle Run Winery (Corydon)

Note that Redgate Retreat is on the Eastern/Central time zone line. When dining or attending wineries, be aware of timezones.