Welcome to Crawford County in beautiful Southern Indiana!
Crawford County, one of the smallest counties in the state, lies nestled along the hills of southern Indiana. Our county is bounded on the north by Orange and Washington Counties, on the east by Harrison County, on the south by the Ohio River, and on the west by Perry and Dubois Counties.
The territory out of which the county was formed originally belonged to Harrison, Orange and Perry Counties. In those days there were few counties in the state. Hence, the counties were large and men had to travel so far to the county seats; for that reason many new counties were laid out from territory belonging to the others. During the year of 1818 the people of what is now Crawford County petitioned the General Assembly of Indiana, praying that a new county be formed out of Harrison, Perry, and Orange Counties. Martin H.Tucker, who was one of the prominent citizens, presented the petition to Senator Pennington of Harrison County. He introduced a bill in the Senate on January 1, 1818, where it passed January 5, 1818.
Present day Crawford County is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. More than one million tourists travel to Crawford County each year to enjoy the scenic woodlands of the Hoosier National Forest, the gently flowing waters of the Blue River - Indiana's First Designated Natural and Scenic River System, while some crave underground adventure in Marengo Cave - a U.S.National Landmark, some visitors prefer to enjoy a fun and relaxing day of boating and fishing on the 8800 Acre Patoka Lake.
If you love the outdoors we invite you to learn more about our communities and the many outdoor recreation destinations in beautiful Crawford County.