Beautiful Washington County Indiana has so much to offer if you love the great outdoors. Everything from hiking, swimming, canoeing, or a great round of golf.

Washington County Indiana Canoeing

Old Mill Canoe Rental Washington County Indiana

1 day and 2 day boat trips on the Blue River. Rentals days and hours are based on water level and weather conditions. Shuttle service available for private canoe owners. Reservations are not always needed, but are recommended to insure you will have a canoe.



Delaney Creek Washington County Indiana

Delaney Creek Park Washington County Indiana

  • 8215 North Delaney Park Road - Scottsburg, Indiana
  • Phone: 812-883-5101


County owned park on 326 acres with an 88 acre lake. The park offers modern and primitive camping, cabin rentals, swimming, fishing and boat rentals. Delaney Creek Park is also one of the major trailheads for the Knobstone Trail, Indiana’s longest footpath. Camp store and Restaurant located on site.  


Summer Gatehouse: Open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Gate Fee: $4.00


Open year Round, Free Parking, Motor Coach Parking and Handicapped Accessible




Golfing in Washington County Indiana

Western Hills Country Club Salem Indiana

  • 3015 W. Mount Tabor Road - Salem, Indiana
  • Phone: 812-883-5138

The 9-hole "Western Hills" course at the Western Hills Country Club facility in Salem, Indiana features 2,842 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course rating is 33.3 and it has a slope rating of 118. Western Hills is a daily fee golf course with an 'Open to Public' guest policy. Food & Beverage Available




Knobstone Trail Washington County Indiana

Knobstone Trail Washington County Indiana

The Knobstone Trail is the longest hiking trail in Indiana. Its southern terminus is about 15 miles (24 km) north of Louisville, Kentucky in the Deam Lake State Recreation Area. It currently ends at Delaney Creek Park near Salem, Indiana. However, there are plans to eventually extend the trail another 80 miles (129 km) north to Martinsville, Indiana. Most of the trail lies within Clark State Forest. As it lies along the Knobstone Escarpment, it is a difficult hike, which is why many use the Knobstone Trail to prepare for hiking the Appalachian Trail.

The trail was first established in 1980, and was only 32 miles (51 km) long. It now runs 58 miles (93 km), mostly through public forest.

Hiking the trail in its entirety results in approximately 20,000 feet (6,100 m) of elevation change between the gains and losses. The trail passes through 3 counties and is surrounded by approximately 40,000 acres (160 km2) of Indiana State Forest. The rugged trail consists of steep climbs and descents throughout its duration. It is maintained to backcountry standards. There are no designated camp sites; rather hikers must camp at least 1-mile (1.6 km) from roads and trailheads.

After a tornado on March 2, 2012 destroyed 4.5 miles of the trail, sections of the trail were closed. The damaged areas were reopened in early 2014.



Elk Creek Lake Washington County Indiana

  • 1.5 Miles south of S.R.56 and about 10 miles east of Salem, Indiana
  • A 48 acre lake. Fishing, access to Knobstone Trail.
This lake resides in a beautiful setting, with tall tree-covered hills on its southen shore. The reflection of the trees on the water, especially during the Autumn season is breathtaking.


Lake John Hay Washington County Indiana

  • On S.R. 135, 6 miles northwest of Salem, Indiana

Spend a day or a week in pleasant Rush Creek Valley. 300 acre lake offering boating and fishing. The lake offers tournament fishing or just a day of leisurely angling. This primitive area affords the opportunity to observe birds and animals in their natural habitat. Lake access includes one boat ramp. The use of gasoline powered motors is band, only electric trolling motors are allowed as this is a drinking water source.


Lake Salinda in Washington County Indiana

  • On S.R. 135, 2 miles south of Salem, Indiana

This 90 acre lake is a popular fishing spot. For your walking, running or jogging pleasures, the road from the boat launch area to the dam is marked at 1/4 mile intervals, for a total of 1 1/2 miles back and forth. For exercise or health reasons, you will know how far you’ve traveled. The use of gasoline powered motors is band, only electric trolling motors are allowed as this is a drinking water source.


  • North of Salem, Indiana on State Road 135, South of Delaney Creek Park

A 10 acre lake. Fishing with access to the Knobstone Trail. Boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors.




State Forest Washington County Indiana

Jackson-Washington State Forest


The Jackson-Washington State Forest encompasses nearly 18,000 acres in Jackson and Washington counties in the heart of southern Indiana. The main forest and office area are located 2.5 southeast of Brownstown on State Road 250. This part of the state contains unique topography known as the “knobs”. This region provides scenic views second to none and offers some breathtaking hiking opportunities. Five forest lakes are open to fishing; a valid Indiana fishing license is required.

Five forest lakes are open to fishing only, no swimming allowed. Washington County Lakes: Spurgeon Hollow Lake (12 acres) Potter Lake (10 acres) and Plattsburg Pond (8 acres) Jackson County Lakes: Knob Lake (7 acres) and Cypress Pond (1 acres).
Jackson-Washington State Forest provides hunting for white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, eastern wild turkey, rabbit, quail, dove, squirrel, fox, coyote, and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required.

Primitive Camping, Archery Range and Picnicking, Hiking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, Horse Trails.




Swimming in Washington County Indiana

Delaney Park Beach Salem Indiana

Myers Memorial Swimming Pool Salem, Indiana

  • 706 East Market Street - Salem, Indiana
  • Phone: 812-883-6263


Open Memorial Day to Mid-August.

The Myer’s Community Pool Includes: Baby pool with turtle slide, Pool with adult double slide, Lawn chair rentals, Concession stand, Shaded picnic area, Showers and locker rooms.