Sample the seasons and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms – these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near Spring Valley. Check out the Tourist Info Stop on the main highway for complete information on Bluff Country attractions.
For a taste of history, tour the 1876 Methodist Church Museum on the National Register with its 21 remarkable stained glass windows and its connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder. A photo and artifact exhibit shows the Wilder family’s involvement with Spring Valley history. Visit the rest of the historical society’s museum complex including the Washburn-Zittleman House with its twelve exhibit areas of turn-of-the-century furnishings, the Ag Building and adjacent History Hall. Also on the National Register is the 1904 Carnegie Library, which now houses the city offices.
Summer can best be sampled through recreation. The City Park offers a solar-heated swimming pool, picnic shelter and tables, children’s playground, ball fields, and tennis and volleyball courts. Tee off on the Root River Country Club’s 9-hole golf course, or check out other relaxing options such as tubing, horseback riding or picnicking at nearby Lake Louise State Park. For a cool change of pace, tour Mystery Cave where you will see an underground cathedral, beautiful Turquoise Lake and many more unusual and educational sights. Spring Valley still sports a true drive-in restaurant with car hops at the A&W Drive-In on Hwy. 63.
Any time is the right time to visit Forestville State Park located 11 miles southeast of Spring Valley. You can camp, horseback ride, hike, picnic, fish, bird watch, snowmobile, or cross-country ski at this lovely forested park. Camping is also available near Spring Valley at Deer Creek Campground. Motels, a B&B and several restaurants round out the choices for travelers.
As summer draws to a close, enjoy the Ag Days Celebration the third weekend of August. The entire family can participate or be entertained by a multitude of events which include dancing, contests, a parade, a quilt and flower show, an ice cream social with live music, and an exciting fireworks display to climax the weekend.
Fall comes alive when you embark on the Fall Foliage Tour. Take the scenic drive beginning in Spring Valley, traveling east on Hwy. 16 to Hokah circling west on Hwy. 44 back to Hwy. 63, then north to Spring Valley. The trip may take approximately five hours, depending on the number of stops at produce stands or for refreshment breaks.
Winter, of course, means snow activities. Besides cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, you can snowshoe on the delightfully uncrowded trails in the area. The Historical Society also hosts an annual Christmas Open House Tour and Christmas Tea the first weekend in December.
Spring Valley is a year-round destination. While visiting, take advantage of the internet service at the public library. Enjoy the downtown shops, bowling alley and look for upcoming Braveheart Theater events.