Madison has been called the ‘”Prettiest Small Town in the Midwest” by the Ladies Home Journal. There’s always something to do in Madison. Art festivals, historic sites and homes, museums, theater, music, entertainment, and numerous local craftsmen and artisans fill the days with activity. Southern Indiana is also a nationally recognized wine region and three award-winning wineries are located within minutes of Madison. Hanover College is the oldest private college in Indiana and offers sports and cultural activities throughout the year. Boaters use the waterfront access to the Ohio River for water sports. Annually the Madison Regatta hosts a nationally ranked hydroplane-racing event. Whether you are an avid wildlife watcher, hiker, or simply enjoy the great outdoors, Clifty Falls State Park has something for everyone. Hikers can enjoy trails ranging from “easy” to “rugged” and behold deeply cut gorges, sheer rock walls and plunging waterfalls. Located on 50,000 acres five miles north of Madison (on the closed Jefferson Proving Ground), Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Area is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Big Oaks NWR has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its value to migratory birds. Portions of the refuge are open for wildlife observation, photography, fishing, hunting, interpretation, and environmental education.