Discover Why Jackson County, Indiana is a Wonderful Place to Visit and Live
Jackson County, Indiana is a Great Place to Visit and Live!
Jackson County, Indiana truly is a wonderful place to live and visit. Situated between Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, Jackson County is easily accessible from several roadways, including Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 50. And once visitors have found their way to Jackson County, they will definitely want to return.
Because of Jackson County’s location in south central Indiana, trees, wildlife and gorgeous scenery are abundant. Lots of outdoor opportunities await guests, with everything from a large lake and beach area to horse and bike trails and even a wide variety of waterfowl. The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is situated near Seymour, and offers more than 7,000 acres of wildlife, trails and a chance to get back to nature. Jackson-Washington State Forest is located near Brownstown and guests can see for miles from the vistas offered on the property. Camping and fishing are also available. Starve Hollow State Recreation Area is a great place to vacation with the family. Spend the day on the beach, enjoying the beautiful lake before returning to the campsite to sit by a crackling fire and roast marshmallows with the children. A portion of Hoosier National Forest also makes its home in Jackson County and features many hiking, camping, biking and horseback riding opportunities for the nature lover.
Rocker/Musician/Artist John Mellencamp was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, and proves through his songs that his roots run deep. An exhibit of items from Mellencamp’s past are on display at the Jackson County Visitor Center and guests can purchase “The Roots of an American Rocker” audio driving tour and learn about his early days. The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts features the only permanent exhibit of Mellencamp’s artwork in the world and has very close ties to the rocker.
The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is not only home to Mellencamp’s artwork, but also a variety of art from local and regional artists. The center offers permanent and rotating exhibits as well as classes for children and adults. A Pottery Barn and an Antique Printing Museum are also on the grounds, which makes it very easy to spend an entire day soaking up the arts in Seymour.
Jackson County is proud of our festivals and events! To celebrate the rich German heritage in the area, the Seymour Oktoberfest is held each October and brings thousands of people downtown for a homecoming of sorts. Fort Vallonia Days, held in Vallonia, each October, celebrates the early pioneer history of the area. Numerous small-town festivals are held each year and celebrate our livelihood and our people.
Jackson County is home to the Chateau de Pique Winery, which is nestled in a rustic barn on a beautiful hillside, near Seymour. Grapes grown on the property soon turn into a variety of mouth-watering, delicious wines. If beer lovers are looking to fill their bellies, then visit the Twisted Crew Brewing Company, also in Seymour. A variety of handcrafted beers are offered on tap and guests can fill a growler with their favorite.
Whether you are intrigued by the outdoors, art, festivals or the many other things Jackson County has to offer, we know our guests will instantly feel at home in our small towns.
Jackson County Visitor Center
PO Box 607, Seymour, IN 47274