Corydon is located in Harrison County in the Deep South of Indiana. The town was once the Capitol of Indiana Territory back in the early 1800’s. Located in a very beautiful part of the state, Corydon attracts many nature lovers who come to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from walking and hiking to adrenalin-boosting zip-lining. Hayswood Nature Reserve and the Harrison Crawford State Forest are popular destinations for walking, hiking, birding and other fun activities for all ages. You can learn about the early days in Corydon by visiting the Capitol State Historic Site and the Battle of Corydon Battlefield. History buffs can admire many old building in the well-preserved Historic Downtown. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Museum
© Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Museum
Visitors to Corydon who would like to polish up their history knowledge can take a tour of the original Corydon Capitol State Historic building, which housed the Indiana Government from 1816 to 1825. The unassuming building is located on the town square and guided tours are offered daily from Wednesday to Sunday. Here you can see the original 1815 census, which proved that the population of this small outpost was sufficient to constitute a state. Further down the road you can see the Constitution Elm – legend has it that the delegates of the Indiana Constitutional Delegation met under this very tree to draw up Indiana’s first constitution.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Museum, 202 E. Walnut St, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-738-4890
2.Turtle Run Winery, Corydon, Indiana
© Turtle Run Winery
Wine enthusiasts who are looking for an in-depth wine-appreciating experience are invited to make their way to Croydon’s Turtle Run Winery. Here owner and wine-maker Jim takes delight in showing folks around and enlightening them about everything to do with wine and, in particular, Turtle Run wines. You will learn all about what’s good for you, what’s bad for you and how to avoid the latter while savoring the former. Turtle Run Winery is proud to offer healthier wines with fewer sugars and additives and would love you to come and taste them for yourself. Jim will take you on a wonderfully informative tour of the winery before you settle in for a tasting.
Turtle Run Winery, 940 St. Peters Church Rd NE, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-952-2650
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3.Battle of Corydon Battlefield, Corydon, Indiana
The Battle of Corydon was an American Civil War engagement which took place close to Corydon in 1863. The battlefield is one of only two Civil War battlefields located on northern soil, the other being the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. The battlefield site covers an area of about five acres, including a log cabin which is representative of the kind of dwelling one would expect to have found on site during the Civil War Era. There is also a short trail through the woods and interpretive staff are on duty to show you around on weekends. In July each year a re-enactment of the battle takes place.
Battle of Corydon Battlefield, 100 Old Hwy 135 SW, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-738-8236
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4.Hayswood Nature Reserve, Corydon, Indiana
The Hayswood Nature Reserve covers an enormous 311 acres, about two-thirds of which is open to the public to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities. 130 acres has been preserved in its original wooded state, intended to preserve nature and the habitat. In this section you can go for nature walks and hikes along the trails but no commercial activities are allowed. The other 180 acres forms a park-like recreational area with children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, modern restrooms and a small lake with an accessible fishing pier. There are also walking and hiking trails in this part of the reserve and multi-use areas for ball games.
Hayswood Nature Reserve, 755 Hwy 135 NW, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-738-8236
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5.Harrison Crawford State Forest, Corydon, Indiana
Located along the southern border of the state of Indiana, Harrison Crawford State Forest covers 24,000 acres in Harrison, Crawford and Orange Counties. The forest is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts who come from all over the state and beyond to explore 25 miles of hiking trails. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, including some threatened species, the forest also attracts wildlife enthusiasts and hunters. Other activities include canoeing and kayaking as well as fishing (on the Blue River which runs through the park) and camping under stars at one of the campgrounds. Equestrians will be pleased to know that there are extensive horse-back riding trails.
Harrison Crawford State Forest, 7240 Old Forest Rd SW, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-738-8232
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6.Kent Java Bar, Corydon, Indiana
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When nothing but a perfectly brewed cup of coffee will hit the spot all you need to do is make your way to the Kent Java Bar in Corydon’s Historic Downtown. Here you will find the Kent Java Bar which opened in 2013 and soon started winning awards for their service and great coffee. On the menu is just about every kind of coffee you can think of including Batch-brewed coffees in various sizes, Americano, Cortado, Cuppucino, Flat White, Cubano and, of course, Espresso. In addition the coffee bar offers a wide variety of teas (hot and cold) and chilled coffees, hot chocolates, sodas and smoothies.
Kent Java Bar, 110E Chestnut Street, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-736-0032
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7.1816 Modern Kitchen and Drinks, Corydon, IN
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Conveniently located in the Schafer Building in the Historic Downtown, 1816 Modern Kitchen and Drinks is the brainchild of award-winning Chef Scott Dickenson. Offering true southern hospitality combined with the modern concept of farm-to-fork cuisine, the restaurant is popular with both locals and visitors to Corydon. Chef Dickenson works with local producers to bring only the freshest seasonal produce to his kitchen, where it is carefully transformed into mouthwatering Southern fusion delights. Expect to find Southern favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Grits and Fried Chicken alongside Eastern fusion flavors like Pork Belly General Tso and Ramen.
1816 Modern Kitchen and Drinks, 100 E. Chestnut St, Corydon, IN 47112, Phone: 812-225-5342
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7 Best Things to Do in Corydon, Indiana
- Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Museum, Photo: Corydon Capitol State Historic Site Museum
- Turtle Run Winery, Corydon, Indiana, Photo: Turtle Run Winery
- Battle of Corydon Battlefield, Corydon, Indiana, Photo: Richard/stock.adobe.com
- Hayswood Nature Reserve, Corydon, Indiana, Photo: tadeas/stock.adobe.com
- Harrison Crawford State Forest, Corydon, Indiana, Photo: Evgeniy/stock.adobe.com
- Kent Java Bar, Corydon, Indiana, Photo: Kent Java Bar
- 1816 Modern Kitchen and Drinks, Corydon, IN, Photo: 1816 Modern Kitchen and Drinks
- Cover Photo: Richard/stock.adobe.com
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