Rockville, known as the “covered bridge capital of the world,” is a beautiful small town in Parke County. As of 2017, Rockville hosts a population of 2,523 people. Founded in 1803, Rockville is an hour and twenty minutes from Indianapolis and a half-hour drive from Terre Haute. It is also only fifteen minutes from Turkey Run State Park, a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. In addition to its great location, Rockville has many antique shops, museums, and covered bridges.
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Raccoon Lake (Cecil M Harden Lake) is another popular attraction to the Rockville area. The lake is a 2,060-acre federal flood control reservoir managed by the Corp of Engineers and the DNR. Raccoon Lake is a great camping, boating, and fishing spot, particularly in the summertime. Visitors enjoy over 8 miles of hiking trails with views of rocky cliffs, the lake, second-growth forests, and prairie restorations. The park also has an Interpretive Naturalist program with regular programs every weekend beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend.
Rockville is the county seat of Parke County, which has 31 covered bridges. In fact, Parke County is home to more covered bridges than any other county in the world. Every year, Parke County hosts the famous Covered Bridge Festival, which more than 2 million people attend every year. The Covered Bridge Festival presents a great opportunity to learn more about the area’s history, shop, and indulge in delicious food from local vendors. Rockville and the surrounding areas are also home to a growing Amish community.
Rockville School Corporation has recently consolidated with Turkey Run to form the new Parke Heritage Middle and High School, bringing many new opportunities and changes, which will provide many new options for students in the area.
Satellite communities include Bloomingdale, Marshall, Mecca, Montezuma, and Rosedale.