Golf, nature, adventure, fossil hunting ... if you love the outdoors, you'll love the Richmond area. Boating enthusiasts can take in the water of Middlefork Reservoir or nearby Whitewater State Park Lake and Brookville Reservoir, the third largest lake in Indiana. Fishermen will also find the area quite to their liking with excellent smallmouth bass, bluegill, red ear bluegill, crappie, walleye, white bass, and channel catfish.

If golf is your game, you can tee off from four challenging courses. For those who want to stop and smell the roses, Richmond's beautiful rose gardens offer a kaleidoscope of beauty. Seeking high spirited outdoor adventure? The Richmond area rises to the occasion with skydiving and water/jet skiing. If being surrounded by nature's beauty is your preference, then you'll enjoy the serenity of hiking the arboretum, the 2.5 mile paved Cardinal Greenway trail or Whitewater River Gorge. The Gorge also offers fascinating ancient fossil hunting opportunities, dating back to the Ordovician era. Relax and enjoy yourself in nature's beauty.

back to top | back to things to do




Buck Point Golf Club
7376 S. Fairfield Ramp Rd., Liberty
  18 hole course open to the public just south of Richmond in Liberty. Course is P.B. Dye design with a view of the lake at every hole. Clubhouse, snack bar, and practice facilities available. Golfers are welcome to bring their own coolers.
Fees apply.

Country Side Golf Club
417 N. Spring St., New Paris, OH
7:30 am-9:30 pm; Driving range open until 11
(937) 437-1122
  Sporty and challenging 9 hole Golf Course with pro shop, lighted driving range, and restaurant on premises.

Glen Miller Driving Range
2514 E. Main St., Richmond
Please call for hours
(765) 983-7285
  Under the lights driving range is open from sunset to 10 pm.

Two mile golf cart paths may be used for walking, running and skating.

Hartley Hills Country Club
201 N. Woodpecker Rd., Hagerstown
(765) 489-4373
  A lush facility, boasting 9 holes, is great for a quick but challenging round of golf on the hilly terrain of eastern Indiana!

Highland Lake Public Golf Course
Just off I-70 & U.S. 27 on Highland Rd., Richmond
Daily 6:30 am-Dusk
(765) 983-7287
  (18) holes. Highland Lake Golf course is a championship golf course with large greens kept fast and beautiful. TO keep your game sharp, there is a great practice facility complete with driving range and three practice greens. Pro shop.

Richmond Elks Golf Course
2100 U.S. 27 S., Richmond
7 am-Dusk
(765) 966-2015
  A challenging golf course featuring lots of mature trees, several renovated ponds, watered fairways, and paved paths for year round play. A full line pro shop and a PGA pro with over 25 years experience are here to help you with your game on the driving range, chipping area, or practice green.

Call for details, tee times, and pricing.

Winding Branch Public Golf Course
2290 S. Germantown Rd., Cambridge City
Daily 7:30 am-Dusk
(765) 478-5638
  (18) holes. This well-maintained and challenging course includes a full service Pro Shop.

back to top | back to things to do




Brookville Reservoir
S.R. 101, Brookville
Open year round!
  The third largest body of water in Indiana, this sixteen-mile lake offers modern camping facilities, picnic areas, playground, swimming, sailing, boating, eleven launch ramps, water skiing, shooting range, fishing, and public hunting in season.
Admission charged.

Cardinal Greenway
South Trailhead: N. D & 3rd St., Richmond
Dawn to Dusk, 7 days a week
  Get back to nature along Indiana's longest paved rail-trail which spans 58 miles from Richmond through Muncie to Gas City, Indiana. The terrain is gentle, for hikers, joggers, cyclists, skaters, and outdoor enthusiasts, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

If you want to ride but don't have a bike, check out the bike rentals at 2 locations which are right on the trail: Cycling & Fitness Warehouse on S. 3rd Street in Richmond - 765-935-5407 or; and, Bar B Que King in Webster - 765-967-5464 (king).

Cope Environmental Center
4910 Shoemaker Rd., Centerville
Office: Mon.-Fri., 9-5; Trails open Dawn-Dusk
  Over 100 acres of natural and developed wildlife habitats including wetlands, ponds, wooded ravines, and a native Indiana prairie. The Jim Cope Conifer Trail features 55 species of pines, spruces, larches, and firs from around the world. Over three miles of hiking trails are available 365 days a year. Environmental education programs are available during all seasons and on weekends.
Free Admission

Fossil Park
Corner of Bridge Ave. & Sim Hodgin, Richmond
Open During Daylight Hours
  The city of Richmond's name has come to mark a period of geological history dating back 440 million years ago. The "Richmondian" or the "Richmondian Age" describe a period in time where rock formations with names like "Whitewater," Liberty," "Waynesville" and "Arnheim" accumlated on the bottom of an ancient sea where east central Indiana and west central Ohio are now located.

An Earlham College professor and students have started a "fossil park" within the Bicentennial Park alongside Bridge Avenue near Sim Hodgin Parkway. For now the park is comprised of two informational signs overlooking a pile of fossiliferous rock that was transported to the site by Indiana Dept. of Transportation workers from a road cut along US 27 just south of the city liits (it is now illegal to hunt for fossils alongside roadways). Impressions from animals have been preserved on the rock, including brachipods (marine animals with shells), cephalolpods (squid) and bryozoa (moss animals).

The park is funded by contributions from Earlham's geology dept. and the Bonner Scholars Program's community fund.

Hayes Arboretum
801 Elks Rd., Richmond
Tues.-Sat. 9-5; March 1-Oct. 31
(765) 962-3745
  The features found on this 466 acre property include 3% of Indiana's old growth forest, acres of reforested woods, several miles of hiking trails and running paths, Nature Center, Hayes Museum, Adena and Hopewell Indian mounds, ponds, fields, and wetlands.
Free admission.

Highest Point in Indiana - Hoosier Hill
Elliott Rd., Bethel
Dawn to Dusk
(765) 935-8687 or (800) 828-8414
  1257 feet above sea level. Latitude 40° 00', longitude 84° 51' W, Indiana's highest point is amidst a grove of trees. Located 15 miles north of Richmond. Exit 153 off I-70 on S.R. 227. Travel 10 miles north to Bethel. 1 mile west on Bethel Rd. and .09 miles north on Elliott Rd.

Horseback Riding
S.R. 101 - South of Liberty, Liberty
Daily 9-5
(765) 458-6035
  Located in Whitewater Memorial State Park, horse back riding is fun for everyone. Enjoy a 1.5, 2.5 or a 9 mile horseback ride. Hayrides and parent assisted pony rides available too.
Open May 28 - Sept. 5
Weekends only April 2 - May 22; Sept. 10 - Oct. 30

Kent's Harbor
15179 Old SR 101, Liberty
Mon.-Sat. 9-6; Sun. 9-5
(765) 458-7431
  On scenic Brookville Reservoir. Boat sales and rental, full service marina, golf course, restaurant, and lounge with lakeside dining.

Middlefork Reservoir
Sylvan Nook Dr. (off U.S. 27 N), Richmond
Sunrise - 10 pm
(765) 983-7275 Parks Department (765) 983-7293 Re
  A 405-acre attraction which hosts a 177-acre stream and spring fed lake. In addition to fishing (lake is stocked by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources) and boating (six horsepower limit), the park also hosts indoor and outdoor picnic areas, remote control airline strip, playground, hiking trails, and is an excellent setting for enjoying an afternoon in the sun.
Free admission.

Morgan's Outdoor Adventures, Inc.
7040 Whitewater River Lane, Brookville
8 am-7 pm
(765) 647-4904 or (888) 304-4904
  Canoe on the fastest flowing river in Indiana, the Whitewater River. Rock climbing available
Season: Apr-Oct

Richmond Parks and Recreation
Glen Miller Park, 2200 National Rd. E., Richmond
(765) 983-7275
  The recreation opportunities are endless with Richmond Parks and Recreation! More than 18 park locations offer ample space for picnicking, tennis courts, a skateboard park, hiking trails, boating, fishing, BMX track, horseshoe courts, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, and playgrounds within the Park System. Glen Miller Park now has a splash pad for getting refreshed on hot summer days!
Year-round recreation programs.

Rose Gardens
2500 National Rd. E., Richmond
Dawn to Dusk
(765) 962-1511
  Dedicated in 1937, the E.G. hill memorial Rose Garden honors Richmond's famed Rosarian, Gurney Hill. The All American Garden boasts hundreds of colorful roses, annuals, perennials, and a lacy Victorian gazebo and has been awarded the A.A.R.S. Display Garden Destination. The German Friendship Garden is in honor of our friendship with Zweibrucken Germany. Peak bloom periods are June and September.
Free admission.

Wesler Orchards & Farm Market
9319 Wesler Rd., New Paris, OH
Mon.-Sat. 9-5 (additional hours during harvest)
(937) 437-8921
  Wesler's is a third generation business specializing in quality home-grown fruits, vegetables, apple cider, home-baked goods, crafts, petting farm, wagon rides, and corn mazes.

Whitewater Canoe Rental
US 52 W, Brookville
Daily 8-7
(765) 647-5434 or (800) 634-4277
  Scenic canoe, kayak, raft, tube trips, and camping on the Whitewater River for families, individuals, and groups.
April-Oct. weather & river conditions permitting.

Whitewater Gorge Trail
North Trailhead: Starr Gennett building, S. 1st St.; South Trailhead: Test Rd.; Central Trailhead: High School parking lot, Hub Etchison Pkwy., Richmond
Dawn to Dusk
(765) 983-7275
  Along this newly paved trail through the historic gorge area, hikers, cyclists and nature lovers will be able to explore the geological and historical significance of the Whitewater Gorge, as well as its natural rugged beauty. Fossils found along the trail are from animals that lived about 450 million years ago on the bottom of a warm shallow sea that covered this area.
Office location: Glen Miller Park, 2200 National Rd. E.

Whitewater Memorial State Park
1418 SR 101 S., Liberty
(765) 458-5565
  This 200-acre Whitewater Lake offers kayaks, paddle boats, rowboats, canoe rental, electric trolling motor boating. Fishing, swimming, picnicking, campground, shelters, and family cabins are also available. Accessible to Brookville Reservoir.
Open year round.
Admission charged.

back to top | back to things to do




Bike Rentals
On the Cardinal Trail in Webster, Webster
Call for hours
  Rent a bike on the Cardinal Trail at the Bar B Que King. Cruisers are available for $10 for the 1st 3 hours and $17 over 3. Mountain Bikes are available for $15 for 1st 3 hours and $20 over 3. Call 765-967-5464 (KING). Also eat BBQ while you are there!

Bike Rentals
N. 3rd St., Richmond
Call for hours
  Cycling and Fitness Warehouse, on S. 3rd in Richmond, across from the Cardinal Greenway, rents bikes. Rates range from $10 for same day to $35 for weekly. They also rent helmets and locks. 25 bikes are available and are rented on a 1st come 1st served basis. Prepaid reservations are available. Rates are subject to change.

Dougherty Orchard
1117 Dougherty Rd., Cambridge City
(July-Dec.) Mon.-Sat. 9-6; Sun. 1-6
(765) 478-5198
  The oldest family-owned orchard in the State of Indiana, established in 1883. Apples, a variety of fruits, home recipe jellies/preserves, cider, McDougherty's petting farm, an aviary, and more.
Free admission

Eldora Speedway
13929 SR 118, Richmond
April - Oct.
(937) 338-3815
  Owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. A 1/2 mile high-banked clay oval hosting World of Outlaw Sprints, United States Auto Club (USAC), All Star Sprints, Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, 360 Sprints, and other series.
Tickets and race times vary.

Glen Miller Park Skate park
2200 National Rd. E., Richmond
Dawn to dusk
(765) 983-7275
  An 11,000 square foot outdoor concrete park featuring a six foot bowl with a hip and a number of street elements. It was designed by noted skate park designer Wally Hollyday with input from local skaters. Open to skateboards and in-line skates.
Free admission.

Harley Davidson Center, Inc.
2240 Chester Blvd. (Exit 151), Richmond
Mon.-Fr. 9-6; Sat. 8:30-5
(765) 962-0596
  Motorcycle sales & service, parts, clothing, collectibles, and novelty items.

Predator Zone, LLC
4818 Round Barn Rd. N., Richmond
Sat 10-dusk; Sun 1-dusk.
(765) 966-7562
  Paintball facility with 15 acre woodsball fields and a netted speedball field. Regular and group rates are listed on website. No equipment? No worries, call us to reserve a rental package.
Admission charged for players. Spectators free.

Richmond Putt Putt & Games
410 Commerce Dr., Richmond
Early spring to end of Oct.
(765) 965-6513
  Three putt putt courses & batting cages.

Season: Early Spring to end of October. Call for hours.
Admission charged.

Richmond RiverRats Baseball
201 N.W. 13th St., Richmond
Season: June - August
(765) 935-RATS
  Summer Collegiate Wood Bat League playing a 54 game schedule at historic McBride Stadium. Member of the Prospect League.
Admission charged.

Tom Raper, Inc.
2250 Williamsburg Pike (Exit 149A), Richmond
Mon.-Sat. 9-6; closed Sun.
(765) 966-8361
  Tom Raper has more recreational vehicles in one single location than any RV dealer. Located on a sprawling 60 acre complex. 45 years in business!

Wayne County Geocaching Trails
Throughout Wayne County, Richmond
(765) 935-8687 or (800) 828-8414
  The Wayne County "Hidden Treasures" Geocaching Trails takes you on a tour of some of the area's most prominent landmarks in an adventurous new way. A great family activity!

back to top | back to things to do