Summer is the perfect time to explore those out-of-the way places that you’ve heard are hidden treasures near your hometown.

And Bartholomew County is home to some unique close-to-home day trips that offer hiking, scenic sights, picnic locations and some great fishing.

We’ll provide some options, including information about the beautiful Anderson Falls and its nature preserve, in Thursday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.