Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, is within a 2-hour drive of Cincinnati, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Louisville. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this 203,000 acres of public land a local treasure. Spread across nine counties the forest offers outstanding outdoor recreation including camping, hiking, biking, horseriding trails, horsecamps, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, programs and birding. The Brownstown Ranger District includes the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, a nearly 13,000 acre designated area managed to provide opportunities for solitude in a natural environment with primitive camping, hiking and horse trails. For those who want a less primitive experience the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area offers campsites with amenities, cabins for rent, a seasonal swimming beach and boat launch on Monroe Lake.  Three horsecamps are available (Blackwell, Hickory Ridge and Shirley Creek). Annual or day use Trail Use Permits are required for horse and bicycle use for those 17 years of age or older. Camping reservations can be made at recreation.gov or by calling the National Reservation System at 1-877-444-6777 (TTY is 1-877-833-6777). Practice Leave No Trace.

 

 

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