If East Central Indiana isn’t on your radar yet, it should be.
Randolph County is one of Indiana’s best kept secrets. Where else can you jump on a zip line after driving through a field of wind farms that produce 200 megawatts of power? (That’s enough to power 52,000 homes!)
But that’s just scratching the surface. This rural, eco-conscious county has small-town charm with big city initiatives that are quickly making it a popular destination with families looking for a memorable getaway or a new place to call home. Think you know Randolph County? These eight facts might surprise you–or convince you to permanently switch your zip code.
1. Winchester, IN is home to Wick’s Pies, the “Sugar Cream Pie Capital of the World.â€ The Indianapolis Colts even adopted Wick’s star confection as the official team pie, basically making any match-up a win. For more information visit wickspies.com.
2. Ghyslain has been crafting chocolate masterpieces for Union City residents since 1998. The owner specifically chose to locate his business in Union City, creating a confectionary powerhouse that ships nationwide. And yes, the chocolate tastes as spectacular as it looks. For more information visit ghyslain.com.
3. The Winchester Speedway is home to the fastest half-mile, high-banked paved tracks in the world. For more information visit winchesterspeedway.com.
4. Looking for an up-and-coming green scene? Randolph County is open for business. EDP Renewables has partnered with the county to provide an investment in clean renewable energy via 100 wind turbines–and counting. For more information visit headwaterswindfarm.com and edpr.com/en.
5. In Union City, a historic-railroad-depot-turned-art-gallery called the “Arts Depotâ€ hosts art shows, jazz and bluegrass concerts, poetry readings and dance performances for over 15,000 people annually. For more information visit artsdepot.org.
6. The War Memorial on the Randolph County Courthouse grounds is the oldest Civil War monument in Indiana and the second tallest in the state. For more information visit randolphcounty.us/facilities/courthouse.
7. At HomeTown Coffee in Lynn, IN, you can stock up on scrumptious gluten-free goodies like banana chocolate chip and snickerdoodle muffins. But they’ve also got regular muffins (check out the pumpkin cream cheese swirl), cookies and fresh-brewed coffee. For more information visit facebook.com/ourhometowncoffee.
8. Anyone can find a nature trail at their nearest park, but zip lining? True story. Situated on 30-acres of lush wooded land, Camp Yale offers outdoor enthusiasts an exhilarating zip line course along with a 50-foot climbing wall and a one-acre fishing pond. For more information visit randolphcountyymca.org/camp-yale.