Start your adventure in Madison County

Have you ever wanted to glide through the sky on a sailplane? Open April through October, Soar Indy in Alexandria is the largest soaring operation in Indiana, and offers introductory flights for those wanting to give it a try. Also called gliders, sailplanes are an “unpowered” aircraft that use naturally occurring currents of rising air in the atmosphere to gain altitude. Usually, an airplane tows the glider aloft, then the pilot releases the towline and begins to glide.

Not sure you want an airborne adventure? There’s plenty of thrill- seeking options to do on the ground. At White River Paintball in Anderson, you’ll find 12 exciting themed paintball fields. Specializing in first-time paintballer experiences, they provide rental equipment and open play opportunities. Or, head over to Sanders Memorial Disc Golf Course in Anderson, Todd C. Woodward Memorial Park Disc Golf Course in Lapel, Elwood Disc Golf Course in Elwood, or Falls Park Disc Golf Course in Pendleton, and try your hand at disc golf. This game played much like golf, but instead of a ball and clubs players use a flying disc.

Madison County is home to Mounds State Park, which provides plenty of trails for hiking. Or if you want to challenge yourself on one of the best mountain biking courses in the country, check out Rangeline Nature Preserve featuring wooded trails and rugged terrain. The White River also runs through Madison County, making it a prime area for canoeing and kayaking.

For those seeking thrills as a spectator, be sure and check out the Anderson Speedway, a quarter- mile, high-banked paved short track where many great street stock drivers have made a name for themselves. Their biggest race of the year, the Little 500, takes place May 23.

For more information, go to: www.visitandersonmadisoncounty.com, www.soarindy.com, www.whiteriverpaintball.com, or www. andersonspeedway.com.