You can reconnect with the natural world in the community and beyond.

When you have a weekend home in the Lakeside Village of Byron, a stunning natural environment is waiting right outside your door. During the summer months, you can enjoy endless days of boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing on Lake Waveland. And during the fall, winter, and spring, the changing seasons call you outdoors for hiking, biking, or just hours of exploration through the community forest. It’s all just 60 minutes from Indianapolis and 2.5 hours from Chicago.

Turkey Run Golf Course captures the natural beauty of Parke CountyFrom golf swings to fresh produce in minutes.
Just across the street from the entrance to the Lakeside Village of Byron, you’ll find the Turkey Run Golf Course. The rolling hills and towering trees throughout this 18-hole golf course perfectly mirror Parke County’s beautiful appeal.

Venture one mile west of the community along State Road 47, and you’ll find one of the largest Amish Farms in the area. With over 100 Amish families now living in the area, Parke County is one of the largest Amish communities in Indiana – and it is an incredible place to visit for year-round fresh and canned Amish-grown produce.

Parke County’s 31 covered bridges lend the wholearea a storybook charmDon’t forget your camera! There’s lots to see.
North of the community is the Sugar Creek Valley, home to two famous State Parks and a State Nature Preserve. The Audubon Society has said the Sugar Creek Valley has the most diverse population of birds in Indiana – and little wonder. Renowned for its beauty and mature trees, the valley is an incredible place to spend an afternoon.

Start with Turkey Run State Park. The Turkey Run Inn is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. Then take to the trails, hiking through the ravines and old-growth forest. There’s even a pool where you cool down after your hike.

Shades State Park is aptly named for the incredible trees that dapple even the strongest midday sun on the trails. Follow the trails to small waterfalls and rock formations for a day worthy of countless photos.

Adjacent to Shades State Park is the Pine Hills State Nature Preserve, offering one of Indiana’s best hiking trails that leads to a geologic formation known as the Devil’s Backbone.

Perhaps best of all, you can take in the entire Sugar Creek Valley at the pace of a paddleboat, floating down the river with one of the many local outriggers.

This aerial map shows the dense forestationaround the Lakeside Village of ByronMark your calendars – festivals are always in season.
The strong cultural heritage of the region is celebrated year-round, starting with the Crawfordsville Strawberry Festival each June. In August, the annual Italian Heritage Festival takes place in nearby Clinton, Indiana. Parke County is home to two festivals. Since it’s the covered Bridge Capital of the World, it’s no surpise the covered bridge festival kicks off the fall season each October. And the tail-end of winter is brightened by the Maple Syrup Festival each February.