Versailles State Park (GM-38)
Versailles State Park, dominated by the rugged cliff-lined valley of
Laughery Creek, displays a variety of geologic features among its many
attractions. In the park Laughery Creek follows the division between
rugged, hilly land to the east and much flatter land to the west. Most of
the park is within the rugged area that is underlain by Ordovician rocks
formed nearly 500 million years ago. These rocks abound with a variety of
invertebrate fossils representing marine life of that long ago era.
Slightly younger rocks of Silurian age underlie the flatter areas west of
the park, but both units are pockmarked with sinkholes, and near the
campgrounds is Bat Cave. These features attest to the power of water to
dissolve great quantities of limestone and to further shape the details of
our modern landscape beyond the primary sculpture of stream erosion.
Our Hoosier State Beneath Us: