Things to Do Around Hancock County

Parks & Fitness

From swimming in July to sledding in January, Greenfield’s Parks and Recreation Department are focused on celebrating the great outdoors! More than a dozen sites throughout the county provide opportunities to break away from the routine and get back to nature. Hiking, biking, walking, basketball, tennis, softball and swimming are all among the terrific options for exercise and physical activity, but that’s not all!

On a more leisurely note, there are plenty of places to enjoy an informal picnic lunch, relax with a good book, explore the picturesque wonders of natural surroundings, or just stretch out for a cat nap under a spreading shade tree while the youngsters entertain themselves on modern, safe, playground equipment.

GREENFIELD BRANDYWINE PARK
900 E. Davis Road.
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BECKENHOLDT FAMILY PARK
2770 N. Franklin St.
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PENNSY TRAIL
CR 150W to CR 400 E.
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RILEY PARK
North Apple Street and U.S. 40.
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FORTVILLE HAMPTON FIELD
400 W. Church St.
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LANDMARK PARK
201 E. Staat St.

MEMORIAL PARK
400 W. Church St.

McCORDSVILLE McCORDSVILLE PARK
CRs 600W and 750N.

SHIRLEY MALCOLM GRASS MEMORIAL PARK
201 Main St.

SHIRLEY PARK
East South Street.

WILKINSON WEIR COOK MEMORIAL PARK
North Main Street.

Golf

Enthusiasts who are looking for a unique golfing experience, hunting for a new and different course to play, or just searching for a way to relax on the links for a few hours between business commitments are in luck. Hancock County’s fine golfing facilities can provide a casual, yet challenging, opportunity to get away from it all in scenic surroundings and a friendly atmosphere.

Best of all, Hancock County offers a variety of courses, from Par 3 and Executive layouts to full sized 18-hole courses to test players’ golfing skills. And they’re all open to the public!

GREENFIELD HAWK’S TAIL GOLF COURSE
145 S. Morristown Pike
(317) 462-2706
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HEARTLAND RESORT
1613 W. CR 300N
(317) 326-3181

MAXWELL ARROWHEAD GOLF COURSE
3974 Club House Drive
(317) 326-2226
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NEW PALESTINE THE LINKS
11425 N. R. Links Lane
(317) 861-4466
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MT. COMFORT MULLIGEN’S DRIVING RANGE
1587 N. CR 600W
(317) 891-2880

Museums

The rich history of Hancock County is visible everywhere – in its architecture, its traditions, its institutions, and its people. Created in 1828, and named for the Declaration of Independence’s first signer, John Hancock, the forested pioneer community was enhanced in 1835 when U.S. 40, the “Historic National Road,” passed through the county’s midsection; carrying wagons westward and livestock to market cities.

Nowhere, however, is that history and that heritage better recalled than in Hancock County’s museums! There, the pieces of our past are preserved and shared with visitors and residents alike who yearn to know more about a young America and this community’s role in it.

Consider the James Whitcomb Riley Home, where the beloved “Hoosier Poet” and creator of such characters as “Little Orphan Annie” and “The Raggedy Man” spent his boyhood years, gaining the experiences that would later, through the popularity of his works, propel him onto the stage beside the likes of his good friend Mark Twain. The Riley Home and the adjacent Museum provide many artifacts of Riley’s life and times and offers a glimpse into the origin of his works.

There’s also the Old Log Jail, whose nail-spiked wooden cells housed the outlaws of the 1850s through early 1870s and the Chapel in the Park, a restored 19th Century church. Both these museums house substantial collections of early Indiana artifacts from the pioneer days, through the Civil War and into the 20th Century. Historic Fortville is home to Dyer Organ Works; housing an impressive collection of elaborate wall-sized calliopes and crank-operated mechanical organs, playing music from folded card mechanisms.

Sitting on the county line, Shirley is the site for “Dr. Wilson’s Office: A Country Doctors Museum,” where the world of early rural medicine and its practitioners are well preserved. The Shirley Railroad Museum recalls the days of the locomotive when steam power ruled the rails and the Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House is a must see.

Whether visitors -- from out of state or just out of town -- spend just a few hours or several days touring these museums, they are likely to be surprised how much there is to see and learn about the heritage and the development of Central Indiana right here! In the cities and towns of Hancock County, our history-laden locale comes to life and shows her origins from a town that was once a bisected by the young nation’s very first “interstate” highway, the Historic National Road, to a bustling metropolitan area!

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Shopping

The Midwest is a mecca for antique lovers.  If you drive east of Indianapolis on U.S. 40 into Hancock County, you can begin your own antique adventure that will lead you to Antique Alley, a stretch of antique stores on U.S. 40 from Knightstown to Richmond.  Although we are not officially on Antique Alley, we are a great place to start the tour.

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  • Orphan Annies Mercantile & Posey Shack | 317-462-5089
  • 16 W. Main St. | Greenfield | Get Map
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Area Markets/Agriculture

Hancock County is also famous for our outdoor farmer’s markets! At these events, you will find the freshest fruits, vegetables, and more from trusted, hardworking locals who want to share their wares. Stop in for snack, or buy some seeds to start your own plot. If you love fresh produce, great times, and smiling faces, our markets are for you

Camping & Outdoors

Hancock County features numerous campgrounds and outdoor recreation areas for your enjoyment. Exercise along the Pennsy Trail, or head out to Beckenholdt Park and enjoy the paved trails with your family. If you are looking for a weekend camping trip, you don’t have to travel far to experience Hancock County’s numerous campgrounds!

For more information concerning our shopping, golfing, parks, or other attractions, please call the Hancock Visitors Bureau at 317-477-8687.