German Ridge Recreation Area

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Shelterhouse at German Ridge

The German Ridge Recreation Area includes a campground, a 24-mile multiple use trail, a short hiking trail around a scenic lake, a day use area for swimming and picnicking, and several historic buildings. It was established during the Civilian Conservation Corps days and has long been a popular get-away for people in southern Indiana.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day, Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: No reservations are taken for this area.
Fees There are camping fees of $4/day paid in a self service fee tube, but no day use fees.
Permit Info: Horses and mountain bike riders (age 17 years and older) are required to have a permit and stay on trails designated for that type of use. Permits are available from our offices and local vendors.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground. No hardwood firewood may be brought in to the campgrounds unless it has been certified by the USDA or IDNR. No horses are allowed in the day use area.
Closest Towns: Cannelton, IN
Water: Water is not potable for human use, but available for horses.
Restroom: Vault toilets, accessible for people with disabilities, are provided
Operated By: US Forest Service, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7

General Information

Directions: From I-64: Take I-64 to IN 37 south (Exit 79). Take IN 37 south approximately 18 miles to IN 70. Go east on IN 70. In less than 1 mile, turn right where the big "German Ridge Recreation Area" sign indicates. When that road Ts into another, turn right. You are now on Gerald Road. Watch for German Ridge Road on your left. Turn there, and the parking area is 0.9 mile south. Continue south to reach the campground and day use area.From I-66: Take IN 66 east from Tell City, through Cannelton, then watch for Forest Service signs. This will get you to the campground. From there, go north on German Ridge Road. The campground and trailhead is approximately 3/4 of a mile up this road to the left. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 37o 57' 18.427"N, Long- 86o 34' 52.512"W

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The German Ridge Recreation Area includes a 20-unit primitive campground, trails, a scenic lake, a day use area for swimming and picnicking, and several historic buildings. It was established during the Civilian Conservation Corps days and has long been a popular get-away for people in southern Indiana.

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Reservation InfoNo reservations taken
Fire InformationEach site has a campfire grill established where camp fires must be built.
No. of Sites20
No. of Accessible sites0

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  Latitude : 
37.9558
  Longitude : 
-86.5872