Parke County, Indiana
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Covered Bridges 

With a total o f 31 covered bridges, Parke County is known at the "Covered Bridge Capital of the World". At one time Parke County had a total of 52 1/2 bridges.  The 1/2 bridge was owned in cooperation with Vermillion County as it sat half in each county crossing the Wabash River. Thirty-one bridges remain with 10 retired to vehicular traffic.

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Amish Country

Several Amish families have moved to Parke County from Pennsylvania to retreat back to a more rural community.  The families have purchased many farms in the area.  Many families raise dairy cattle.  You may also see their horses and mules which are used as their means of transportation as well as the power for their farm equipment. The Amish do not use tractors or cars, nor do they have electricity in their homes.  They use gas for their lights, for the engines that run their milking equipment and to pump water.

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Events & Festivals

Covered Bridge Festival
This countywide festival always starting on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting 9 communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone. 2005 winner of Travelocity “Big Secrets Local Finds” and named in the 2009 Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.

Maple Syrup Fair
The folks of Parke County Incorporated, who bring you the Covered Bridge Festival, have another treat in store for you. At winter’s end, Parke County’s Maple Syrup Producers begin tapping the maple trees that provide sugar water for making maple syrup. Join in on the two weekends of fun at the Parke County Maple Fair, Feb 26, 27 & Mar 5 & 6. Travel country roads with world famous covered bridges and tour maple syrup camps throughout the county. See how maple syrup is made down at the "sugar camp" and sample its wonderful flavor.

Other Festivals include: MANSFIELD VILLAGE Mushroom Festival, BRIDGETON Art & Wine and many more.

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Outdoor Recreation

Parke County has a variety of indoor and outdoor activities from fun for the whole family to quiet, serene getaways for couples. Whether it’s exploring one of the state parks or relaxing on the water, you’ll be able to enjoy a time where you can truly relax and experience the beauty that surrounds you. Raccoon Lake State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Rockville Lake Park and Canoeing on Sugar Creek are just a few of the options you'll find in Parke County.

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Historical Communities

Parke County is proud of it's heritage and preserves it well, evident in historical sites like Bridgeton 1878 House and Cabin, Bridgeton Mill, Parke County Courthouse, Parke County’s Covered Bridges, Mansfield Roller Mill, Wabash & Erie Canal Historical Tour and many more.

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