German Ridge Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

German Ridge Trail

Portions of this trail may be closed on April 12-20 for a controlled burn. Please check with the local Forest Service office or stay out of the area.

The German Ridge Trail is affiliated with the German Ridge Recreation Area. It is a 24 mile trail designated for use by horseback riders, mountain bike riders, and hikers. The trail winds through sandstone rock outcrops, rolling hills of hardwood forests and includes views of the Ohio River. A downloadable copy of a map and flier are available. Click here. Currently a timber sale is operating in the area so we encourage caution on a portion of the trail. Click here to see what area is affected.

At a Glance

Fees There are camping fees of $4/day paid in a self service fee tube, and trail permit fees but no day use fees for hiking.
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 available for horses in the German Ridge Campground and in some streams.
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at the campground
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 Trail is affiliated with the German Ridge Recreation Area. It is a 24 mile trail designated for use by horseback riders, mountain bike riders, and hikers. The trail winds through sandstone rock outcrops, rolling hills of hardwood forests and includes views of the Ohio River. It is laid out in a ladder style which makes it easy to do different lengths of trail loops. There are frequent climbs, a few are difficult, the south end is more of a gravel lane and heavily used by horses, the north end is more single-track.

Water AvailabilityAvailable at the German Ridge Horsecamp and in some streams.
Size RestrictionsNo
Loading RampNo
Hitching RailsNo
CorralsNo
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  24 miles
  Latitude : 
37.9669
  Longitude : 
-86.5956