Madison, Indiana, is an essential stop for Crownline owners who enjoy river boating. This beautiful town sits on the Ohio River and has an incredible collection of well-preserved Federal and Greek Revival buildings dating from the mid-1800’s antebellum period.
In 2006, the majority of the downtown area—133 blocks—was designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the U.S. On the west side of town is Clifty Falls State Park, 1,416 acres of trails, fossils, waterfalls and even an abandoned railroad tunnel. If you like cool architecture, hiking, nice restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques, Madison is for you.
Cruising the River
The Ohio River offers some truly lovely spots to cruise. It’s a major river that’s deep enough to comfortably explore without having to worry about damaging your Crownline. Boating under the bridge that connects Madison to Kentucky is delightful, especially at sunset or sunrise. Fall and spring are the best times to take in the natural beauty of the landscape, but it’s nearly impossible not to enjoy the charm of a classic American small town in the summer as well.
Out on the Town
Madison has a number of great spots to eat and drink. The Lanthier Winery is a cozy establishment that offers fun tours, a nice garden, and a cool tasting room in the cellar—perfect for a romantic night out. The Red Pepperoni is a good spot for some late-night pizza and wine. If you’re looking for more formal dining, Key West Shrimp House has a refined atmosphere and a great view of the river. For coffee, head to The Red Roaster Coffee & Eatery. It’s a country-chic spot with friendly baristas and a nice range of tasty java drinks.
Back to Nature
Clifty Falls State Park is a haven for anyone who enjoys hiking, mountain biking, trail running, wandering and great scenery. If you want to appeal to your sense of adventure, before or after a day on the river, check for park-hosted events and outings. Including tours of the 1852 railroad tunnel. Of course, if you want to explore on your own, that’s just fine. There are more than enough trails—easy to rugged—and camping spots to keep you entertained.
Madison is a perfect spot for boaters, adventurers and those who like to explore those hidden gems sprinkled throughout the country. Boating the Ohio River alone is worth the trip, but when you add in the quaint spirit of Madison, it becomes an adventure you simply can’t miss.