With June being the first official month of summer, it is also acknowledged as Limestone Month. The first recorded opening of a quarry was in 1827, where it was discovered that there was an influx of Salem limestone in Stinesville, Indiana. The development of limestone in Southern Central Indiana went up in a rapid pace between Bedford and Bloomington being known as, “the stone belt” which is approximately 10 miles wide and 35 miles long with a thickness of 90 feet. This cut of limestone is considered the highest grade of building stone. During the process of removing the large heaps of limestone for the university buildings, natural formations of quarries have been created. Limestone Month has been celebrated since 2007 with special events and tours throughout the month of June, including limestone quarry tours, carving workshops, and architectural walking tours.
Besides relaxing by the pool at Bryan Park, Bloomington has many other outdoor activities available to explore nature, such as camping in the Hoosier National Forest or visiting the lakes nearby. Riddle Point Park at Lake Lemon is a great place to go for fishing, a picnic outing or swimming. Paynetown State Recreation Area is also a great place for camping, picnics and boat rentals. Lake Monroe Boat Rental is easily accessible at Paynetown with pontoon party boats available and a campsite nearby for cookouts and overnight stays. Closer to town is Griffy Lake, which has excellent trails for hiking plus canoes, kayaks and more to rent on the lake.
Bloomington has many opportunities to be active outdoors with all of our excellent trails, such as the Bloomington Rail Trail used for walking, running, and biking. The Rail Trail runs into a perfect connection with the B-Line, which runs through Downtown Bloomington. Find more trails and hiking ideas from Visit Bloomington.
Bloomington is a one of a kind town to experience old-fashioned summer activities that all generations can enjoy!