Cloverdale, Indiana is a lovely rural town about 40 miles west of Indianapolis and 35 miles east of Terre Haute. It is part of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Laid out in 1839, The Town of Cloverdale was named for the large amount of clover growing among the dales, which are open valleys.
Cloverdale is part of Putnam County, Indiana. Putnam County was named for Israel Putnam, a hero in the French and Indian war who went on to become a general in the Revolutionary War. The area was once populated by the Miami, Shawnee, and Potawatomi tribes. In 1809, the Miami Indian Confederacy sold the southern third of Indiana to the United States government.
For those interested in learning more about the history of Cloverdale, the Nature Center in Lieber State Recreation Area has Interpretive Naturalist staff that are incredibly knowledgeable.
Call 765-795-3552 for the Nature Center’s hours.
Top Indiana Tourist Destination
Beyond just the Nature Center, The Lieber State Recreation area is one of the top tourist destinations for visitors in Cloverdale. Boasting an Aquatic Center, Cagles Mill Lake, and Cataract Falls, it is impossible to run out of Things to Do in this serene slice of nature.
Government & Location
Today, Cloverdale, Indiana is governed by a Town Council made up of elected local officials, all working to enhance our thriving Community environment. Cloverdale is served by the Cloverdale Community School Corporation, as well as the Putnam County Hospital. The Town of Cloverdale also prides itself on the Cloverdale Police Department and Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department.
Cloverdale is right off of Exit 41 on I-70. Follow Route 231 south until it becomes Cloverdale’s Main Street running through the heart of town. Most of Cloverdale’s restaurants and businesses sit on or near Main Street. The Cloverdale Main Street Initiative plans many Events to continue revitalizing Cloverdale’s growing Arts and Culture Scene.