If you’re looking for a vacation destination with quaint cabins nestled in the woods, horseback riding and hiking trails, and a serene oasis of wooded hills and gently rolling pastures, look no further than Wilstem Ranch. Located on U.S. Highway 150 near the historic Indiana towns of French Lick and West Baden Springs, Wilstem Ranch sits on 1,100 acres at the southwestern edge of Southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest. Wilstem is a place for peaceful retreat, rest and relaxation. Its natural beauty and rolling farmland make it one of the premier guest ranch destinations in the American Midwest.
Wilstem is a good base from which to explore surrounding communities and neighboring state Kentucky. Only minutes away are the communities of French Lick and West Baden. Play at the 1924 PGA Championship Hill Course made famous by legendary golfer Walter Hagan, or play a round at the breathtaking Pete Dye course located behind the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the historic West Baden Hotel. Enjoy a day of fun on the water at Patoka Lake, or experience a much simpler way of life with the Amish people in Montgomery, Indiana. Explore the musical legacy of Lotus Dickey in Orange County, or visit the famed Benedictine Monastery in Ferdinand, and the nearby Indiana cities of Bloomington (home to Indiana University), Indianapolis, and Evansville.
An hour’s drive away across the Ohio River is Kentucky. There you will find the famed Churchill Downs racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby. While there visit the Derby Museum, the Falls of the Ohio Museum, or shop at Louisville’s two premiere malls, Oxmoor and Mall St. Matthews. Just a bit further are most of Kentucky’s famous horse farms including Three Chimneys, Darley (owned by the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum), and Ashford. You can even visit a Bourbon distillery to make a day trip to the Bluegrass State complete.
No matter how you choose to spend your time you will enjoy your stay at Wilstem Guest Ranch. Guided horse trail tours are available, or you can bring your own horse. Walk the trails that crisscross the property and enjoy its natural beauty including several remote caves. See the unique Chi-Angus cattle as they graze in the serene pastures, and be sure to watch for an abundance of wildlife that call Wilstem home, including deer, wild turkey, fox, coyote, and the American bald eagle. From horseback riding to hiking, swimming to golfing, the experience of natural beauty, history, and peace and tranquility will keep you coming back again and again to Wilstem Guest Ranch.