Martin State Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping, and outdoor family fun! This outstanding public property is conveniently located in south central Indiana and close to Bedford, Bloomington, French Lick, and Shoals. With over 7,000 acres, you'll find plenty in this outdoor playground!


Martin State Forest was established in 1932 with the purchase of 1,205 acres. A firetower and a small picnic area were soon built. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps built several shelterhouses. Three fishing ponds were constructed in 1957. Each pond measured 3 to 4 acres. In the mid-1960s a 26-site, primitive campground was developed.


The property has grown to 7,863 acres through additional land purchases and trades with the U.S. Forest Service. Most of the land was eroding, abandoned farmland or heavily cut-over woodland when acquired. With years of intensive management, including the planting of thousands of trees, countless hours fighting wildfires and hundreds of acres of selective improvement harvests, the area has been transformed into a lush, healthy, growing forest.