Discover, Explore and Enjoy Indiana's Only National Forest
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 204,000 acres of public land a local treasure. Spread across nine counties the forest offers outstanding outdoor recreation including camping, hiking, biking, horseriding trails, horse camps, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, programs and birding. The 13,000 acre Charles C. Deam Wilderness is managed to provide opportunities for solitude in a natural environment with primitive camping, hiking and horse trails. Hardin Ridge Recreation Area offers campsites with amenities, cabins for rent, a seasonal swimming beach and boat launch on Monroe Lake. Indian-Celina and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Areas offer campsites with amenities, lakes for fishing, and a swimming beach at Tipsaw Lake. Step back in time at one of the historical sites, or refresh yourself with a dose of nature at its finest. 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.