Welcome to Owen County, Indiana

We invite you to get acquainted with the charm of our small towns as you wander the quiet roads of the county. You will find friendly people and a land richly filled with the adventures and serenity of nature. The tree-covered hills and quiet waterways will entice you to spend your leisure time outdoors. Hiking, bicycle riding, canoeing down winding White River, bird watching, hunting, fishing, horseback riding or panning for gold; you can do it all here.  As you explore, you might see an eagle, a white-tailed deer, or a pileated woodpecker.

The natural beauty of our land draws many visitors as we are home to Indiana’s first state park, McCormick’s Creek, with its rustic cabins, electric & primitive campgrounds, shelters and modern Canyon Inn. Owen County is also home to the two largest water falls in Indiana, Cataract Upper and Lower Falls, voted Indiana’s best waterfalls. Cataract also has a covered bridge and Indiana’s oldest running General Store, 1860 Cataract General Store with its pot belly stove, wooden floors and pickle barrel. We have the Owen/Putnam State Forest with a horseman’s campground, great fishing, hiking trails and mountain bike trail. Another beautiful nature area is our Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve, with hiking, a stream to wander and hemlocks. Besides our abundant amount of nature, we are also home to the Historic Tivoli Theatre which originally opened in 1928. You can also visit the beautiful Owen Valley Winery and enjoy a glass of seasonal wine while viewing the grape arbors.

These are a few of the reasons why you will quickly understand upon your first visit here why we are affectionately known as “Sweet Owen” county. Your adventure in all seasons is waiting here for you to come and enjoy!