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Best of Indiana

The results are in! The winners for the 2019 Best of Indiana people's choice campaign. are:

Best Brewery: Bad Dad Brewing Co. – Fairmount, Grant County

Hoosier breweries consistently rank as some of the best in the world at prestigious competitions, like the Great American Beer Festival and the Brewers' Cup. At Bad Dad Brewing Company in Fairmount, it’s a family affair. It was started by a dad and his sons. They said they wanted to build something worth experiencing and they believe beer can bring people together. With names like Socks & Sandals and Ask Your Mother, the brews have unique names and unique flavor profiles. Visit Untapped for fan rankings of Bad Dad beer and the brewery’s website for a current list of what’s on tap.

Best Hiking Trail: The Ladders Trail (Trail 3) at Turkey Run State Park – Parke County

Indiana offers more than 3,600 miles of local, state, federal and non-profit trails open to the public. That’s why IOTD asked the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help find a variety of trails across the state and off the beaten path.

The Ladders Trail, also known as, Trail 3 at Turkey Run State Park was voted the Best of Indiana for hiking.

This is a very rugged 1.7-mile trail that offers some unusual hiking opportunities. It follows the cliffs along Sugar Creek and returns to the ridgetop by a series of ladders. It then takes hikers to the “punch bowl,” a large pothole formed by glacial erractics. It winds past a steep rock wall on the way back to a suspension bridge.

Best Main Street: Franklin – Johnson County

IOTD enlisted the help of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which oversees Indiana’s Main Street program, to select a list of towns and cities offering the ideal Main Street destinations. All of the top 10 are part of OCRA’s Main Street program. Voters selected Franklin in Johnson County as having the best Main Street in Indiana. Franklin has made significant changes to its downtown over the past few years. Officials said this has brought numerous new businesses to the downtown area, including restaurants and shops. Franklin is considered a walkable downtown that resulted in more activities and festivals on the square. Victorian mansions line King and Jefferson streets, giving it that quaint hometown feel.

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