Glaciers that covered much of southwest Indiana eight to ten thousand years ago stopped their migration just within Martin County’s western border. Flattened by millions of tons of ice, this western-most narrow strip of land is all Martin County has to offer of “traditional” Indiana countryside.
The best-kept secret in the state of Indiana lies east of Loogootee, the unglaciated country, cut through by the east fork of the White River offers some of the best scenery in the State of Indiana. Stream erosion accumulating over countless years etched into this landscape starkly beautiful arrays of cliffs, deep valleys, stunning ridges and bluffs.
Geological formations of note include the Jug Rock, the largest free-standing “table rock” formation, also called a “tea-table,” in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Pinnacle Rock, a towering rock face, House Rock and McBride’s Bluff are notable for their massive proportions. But, throughout the county the landscape surprises with geological beauty.
From the river by boat, canoe or kayak, the bluffs reveal the strata of our earth as it was laid down layer upon layer throughout the centuries. The river provides an unparalleled vantage point to enjoy this scenic wonderland of nature. Hindostan Falls, a favorite and unique spot for picnicking, fishing and enjoying the river is accessible by car and boat.
Within the Hoosier National Forest there are multiple sulphur springs that once were the sites of health retreats. The National Forest is a great place to discover natural outcroppings of the geological strata so abundant in Martin County.
The beauty of Martin County is that most of this unglaciated history can be accessed from Hwy 50 as well as off the beaten-path country roads.
View of the River Valley from ‘The Overlook’,
filled with fog at sunrise.
Photo: Marie Hawkins
Come visit us and enjoy the adventure.