Rockville, known as the “covered bridge capital of the world”, is a beautiful small town in Parke County with a population of 2,523 as of 2017. Founded in 1803, Rockville is an hour and twenty minutes from Indianapolis and a half-hour drive from Terre Haute. It is fifteen minutes from Turkey Run State Park and has antique shops, museums, and covered bridges.
Raccoon Lake (Cecil M Harden Lake) is another attraction to the Rockville area as the lake is a 2,060 acre federal flood control reservoir managed by the Corp of Engineers and the DNR. Raccoon is a popular camping, boating and fishing spot and is near Rockville. 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 Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Rockville is the county seat of Parke County, which has 31 covered bridges, more covered bridges than any other county in the world. Every year it hosts the Covered Bridge Festival, which more than 2 million people attend every year. 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