Metamora Indiana Aquaduct

Metamora, Indiana Tourist Attractions

  Metamora Gristmill  

GRIST MILL - The crown jewel of attractions in Metamora, see this water-powered mill in action grinding corn meal and flour. Opens in April through mid-December, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  November open on Saturdays and Sundays until Thanksgiving. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Primary Election Day, Election Day and Columbus Day. For more information call 765-647-6512 or visit the Grist Mill Page.

  Metamora Canal Boat  

HORSE-DRAWN CANAL BOAT - Come to Metamora, Indiana and take a half hour excursion on the Ben Franklin III. Opens in May through Oct for rides. Wednesday - Sunday, at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.  Rides are dependent on canal conditions.  For pricing and more information call 765-647-6512

The Ben Franklin III, launched in 1989, was designed and constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Designed as a freighter, the vessel is 75 feet long and has a beam (width)of 12 feet.  Constructed of wood and fiberglass, it holds approximately 75 passengers and crew.  The canal water level will be down due to maintenance during March and part of April.


Whitewater Valley Train


WHITEWATER VALLEY RAILROAD - This train departs from our Connersville depot at 12:01 pm EST on every Saturday and Sunday between May 1 and October 31 (except the 3rd and 4th weekend un June). This trip offers a 2 hour lay over in Metamora good for shopping, eating, and site seeing. The train departs Metamora for Connersville at 3:30 pm to arrive at the Connersville Depot at 5:00 pm. 

Another WVRR train comprised of a locomotive and one or two coaches operates as the Metamora Shuttle, carrying passengers further South on a two-mile excursion along the restored canal, past the Canal Boat dock, a working aqueduct, and a restored lock. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Station on Main Street in Metamora.

Whitewater Railroad

  Metamora Aquaduct  

WOOD AQUEDUCT - Metamora, Indiana has the only wood aqueduct still in service in this country.  It was built to carry the canal 16 feet above the Duck Creek.  It has a clear span (length) of 70 feet.  The water cross section is 17 feet wide and 3 feet deep.  Restorations by the State of Indiana are being undertaken in 2005 to extend the life of the structure.

  Lock 24  

CANAL LOCK #24 - Gordon's, or Millville Lock #24, was one of 56 locks on the Whitewater Canal constructed to accommodate a 491 foot drop in elevation along its course.

The water level could be raised or lowered eight feet. The gates were operated by two men.

  Horse Stables  

CANAL BOAT HORSE STABLE - Three large draft animals supply the "horsepower" for the state's canal boat.  In the 1840's, the mules and horses used on the canal were often stabled right on the canal boat.  The Metamora horses are normally stabled on a farm just east of town.  The stable pictured here is where the horses reside on "work days" in between canal boat trips.

Museum of Oddities
  METAMORA MUSEUM OF ODDITIES - Metamora's newest attraction. A unique collection of ethnographic oddities fascinating to view for the curious and educated. Includes the famed Healing Cross of Metamora.
  Gem Mine  

GEM MINE - Bring your family and friends to Metamora to get the feeling of being an old-time prospector as you pan for over 60 semi-precious gems and fossils. Wed - Sun 10 to 7:00 p.m. Buckets start at $8.00. For special weekday mining experiences for groups of 15 or more please contact us at (765) 647-0670

  Horse and Buggy Rides  

CARRIAGE RIDE - What better way to explore Metamora than on a beautiful carriage with family and friends.  $5.00 per person or $25.00 per carriage load.

  Metamora Trail

WHITEWATER HIKING-BIKING TRAIL - Volunteers worked hard to add a major attraction to the southeastern Indiana town of Metamora.  A 2.6 mile rustic hiking & biking trail along the historic Whitewater Canal, carrying locals and tourists out into the lush scenery of the Whitewater River Valley.

The surface is crushed limestone, packed dirt and grass for walking and off-road biking.

  Salt Creek Ranch

HORSEBACK RIDING - Salt Creek Ranch offers 700 acres of wooded trails in beautiful Metamora, Indiana.  Enjoy the scenic beauty as you ride the trails though the hills and water.

  Metamora Playground

PLAYGROUND AND SHELTER - Playground area has swings, a slide, tether ball, monkey bars, wood two story play area, basketball, sand vollyball (bring your own ball) and a baseball field. There are also 2 large shelters with picnic tables. Located west of the State Historic Offices on Clayborne Street.


GATEWAY PARK - Camping. Located on Hwy 52 directly across from Historic Metamora. For information call 765-647-2541. Visit the website.

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  Metamora Performing Arts

METAMORA PERFORMING ARTS - Performance venue of Metamora Performing Arts, handicap accessible Visit us on Facebook.