The Hoosier National Forest is located in the south center part of Indiana.
Where is this Forest?


Camping on the Hoosier NFThe Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful Forest a favorite! Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 202,000 acre Forest should be managed. We strive to provide outstanding stewardship by restoring, maintaining, and interpreting our public's cultural and natural resources. We offer high quality, resilient and rare ecosystems that provide diverse outdoor recreational experiences.


The Hoosier National Forest is part of the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. The US Forest Service manages 153 national forests and grasslands across America. The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. To learn more about the Forest Service goals, history, and people click on the “About the Agency” link above.

Recent News


Prescribed Burning on the Hoosier National Forest

Firefighter lights a prescribed burn

During the fall of 2014, the Hoosier plans to burn nine areas totalling 1,736 acres. The areas will be burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration and restore wildlife habitat. Additional areas will be burned in the spring.


German Ridge Heritage Project

Logo for the German Ridge heritage Project

 The German Ridge Heritage Project is a partnership between the Hoosier NF and Indiana University to document the lives and culture of early settlers in the German Ridge community.

American Chestnuts Planted on Hoosier NF

planters planting chestnut trees

Once a prominent tree in southern Indiana, American chestnut trees are now back in partnership with Purdue Univ, The American Chestnut Foundation, and Northern Research Station.


Annual Reports

Cover for 2012 Annual Report

View highlights of Hoosier National Forest annual accomplishments.

Smokey turns 70


The Forest had birthday parties for Smokey and asked for birthday cards for everyone's favorite bear.