Hoosier National Forest - Tell City District
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 Tell City Ranger District highlights include Hemlock Cliffs, a scenic trail into a box canyon with unique plants; Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest, with a trail through an old growth hardwood forest; and Initial Point, the first survey point established in Indiana. The Indian-Celina Lakes and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Areas offer campsites with amenities, a seasonal swimming beach at Tipsaw, and boat launches. Two horsecamps are available (Youngs Creek and German Ridge). 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.