Attractions & Scenic Routes
The fountain was originally cast in iron and exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. It was purchased by a Madison Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and presented to the City of Madison in 1886. The fountain was recast in bronze in 1976 in honor of the nation's bicentennial .
Chief White Eye Trail
This drive through the rolling hills, farmland and forests of the eastern portion of Jefferson County is magnificent during Spring and Fall.
The Kremer House (1850) located in Canaan, is open by appointment and operated by The Canaan Restoration Council.
Clifty Falls State Park
Considered one of the State's prettiest parks. Clifty Falls offers over 1300 lush acres with scenic overlooks, 70 foot rock gorges, seven waterfalls, nature center, picnic area, swimming pool, and campground. Hikers can enjoy trails ranging from 3/4 mile-easy, to 3 miles-rugged. Located high on a bluff is Clifty Inn offering hotel. Restaurant and meeting space.
Open year round. Admission charged Mar-Oct
Founded in 1827, this is the oldest private four-year college in Indiana. The breathtaking 650-acre campus overlooks the Ohio River Valley and features thirty buildings of Georgian architectural design. Take the scenic drive through campus, or contact the Public Relations Office for guided campus tours.
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Set on the bluffs overlooking the Ohio River and adjacent to Clifty Falls State Park. The cemetery is a beautiful tribute to the veterans of the State of Indiana. Encompassing more than 120 acres, the cemetery allows burial space for more than 40,000 in-ground burials and 2000 spaces in the columbarium wall.
Open daily - sunrise to sunset. Office hours: 8am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
Indiana Wine Trail
Experience 6 wineries tucked into the beautiful rolling hills and historic river towns of southeast Indiana.
John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Relive the most significant event in Indiana during the American Civil War, 1861-65. The 185 mile trail follows the footsteps of Confederate Raider John Hunt Morgan's 2000 men and horses. Part of the route traverses Jefferson County and is highlighted with a campsite in Dupont.
Weekend trolley tours, June - September, special events, group tours. Additional tours by appointment.
Main Street Business District
Madison's downtown district includes a thriving and revitalized shopping area - offering vintage quilts and antiques, gourmet foods, clothing, arts and crafts. Madison's Main Street was one of three model demonstration cities for a Main Street pilot project developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ohio River and Riverfront Park
Madison's scenic riverfront park offers a gazebo, brick walkways, lights and benches to view the Ohio River. Also home to several open air festivals, and frequent stops of the American Queen, Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen.
Public boat launching facilities are available all year.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Covers 302 scenic highway miles with plenty to do, see and explore.
Underground Railroad Driving Tour
Experience the history of the UGRR in SE Indiana, the routes traveled by runaway slaves and the location of the safe houses that hid them from danger. Learn about the people and places that created Indiana's Freedom Trails.
Self guided tour - $3 booklet