Ohio Line to Clifty Falls State Park
The Southern Midwest Route of the ADT enters Indiana on the paved State Line Road and follows roads through Greendale and into Lawrenceburg, an early 1800s steamboat town on a bend in the Ohio River. Aurora, known as “River City U.S.A.,” is on IN 56 as you turn away from the Ohio River. Parts of the route into Farmers Retreat are on gravel roads and pass through the towns of Hartford and Milton. This section is known as the Laugherty Creek Trail and is an official Boy Scout trail. Friendship is the site of the annual National Muzzle Loading Rifle Championship Association competition. The ADT follows IN 62 (which is the Chief White Eye Trail) and passes through Madison, which contains the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, as well as Clifty Falls State Park.
Clifty Falls State Park to Deam Lake Campground
After passing Hanover College, Indiana’s oldest private college (1827), the trail leaves the Ohio River again and passes through Saluda and Underwood before reaching the Clark State Forest. The Knobstone Trail follows 58 miles of the north-south Knobstone Escarpment. The ADT joins the Knobstone Trail in Clark State Forest and goes south to the Deam Lake trailhead.
Deam Lake State Park to Corydon
From Deam Lake State Park the ADT takes back roads through Wilson and St. Joseph to New Albany, across from Louisville, Kentucky. In nearby Jeffersonville guided tours are available at the Hillerich and Bradsby Company, makers of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. The ADT follows IN 111 south along the river to Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital and the site of Indiana’s only Civil War battle. The ADT joins the 27-mile Adventure National Recreation Trail in Harrison-Crawford State Forest. The Wyandotte Caves nearby are worth a visit.
Corydon to St. Meinrad
The ADT again winds high above the Ohio River with great views before entering the Hoosier National Forest. Through the Hoosier the ADT is on the Mogon Ridge, Tipsaw Lake, and Two Lakes trails. The ADT is on a gravel road from Sassafras to St. Meinrad
St. Meinrad to Evansville
The route then passes through Fulda and on to Santa Claus, where the Holiday Amusement Park is located. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the farm where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1816–30. The ADT enters Lincoln State Park where the musical drama “Young Abe Lincoln” can be enjoyed.
The ADT is on gravel roads from Gentryville through Folsomville to Boonville, where a visit to the Warrick County Museum is recommended. On gravel roads, the ADT heads south through Pelzer to IN 662 (Hoosier Heritage Scenic Trail) where the ADT is once again along the Ohio River. Angel Mounds State Historic Site is the location of the largest and best preserved prehistoric Indian Mounds dating from 1200 to 1400. Through Evansville, the ADT takes Memorial Parkway, a greenbelt where there are historic monuments as well as the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science.
Evansville to Illinois State Line (Wabash River)
Leaving Evansville, the ADT is on gravel roads through Heusler to Mount Vernon and then Hovey Lake, which is a cypress swamp. The ADT crosses the Wabash River on IN 62 into Illinois.