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Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area was designated a wilderness in 1982 and encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. Wilderness designation places this area in a special legal status (subject to the 1964 Wilderness Act). It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Within the Wilderness are 37.3 miles of trails which are provided for hiking, backpacking, and horse riding. For a downloadable flier and map on the Charles C. Deam Wilderness click here.

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: Horse 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: Heavy
Restrictions: No motorized or wheeled vehicles including bicycles or carts are allowed in this area. Parking is allowed along Tower Ridge Road in only three locations: Blackwell Horse Camp, Grubb Ridge Trailhead, and the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower. Hunting is permitted in the Wilderness. Target shooting or practicing is not allowed. Group size is limited to 10 people or less.
Closest Towns: Bloomington, IN
Water: none
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; Phone: 81

General Information

Directions: Take State Route 446 south from State Route 46 out of Bloomington and turn at Tower Ridge Road. You will see a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The Wilderness boundary begins just a few hundred feet down this road and continues for several miles. Please get a map before visiting this area as the boundaries are not clearly marked. GPS Coordinates for the Grubb Ridge Trailhead: Lat- 39o 1' 57.724"N Long- 86o 20' 26.973"W

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The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Within the Wilderness are 37.3 miles of trails which are provided for hiking, backpacking, and horse riding. People are allowed to camp within the wilderness but there are several restrictions. Camping within 100 feet of ponds, Monroe Lake, trails, or streams is allowed only in designated sites. Campsites must be occupied the first night, and may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours without permission. Camping is limited to 14 days. Stock may not be tied within reach of any living tree.

Sleeping Shelternone
Reservation Infonot reservable
Fire Informationnone
Water Availabilitywater in streams and the lake only
Size Restrictionsnone
No. of SitesThere are designated sites near the trails.
Loading Rampnone
No. of Accessible sitesNone
Hitching Railsnone
Corralsnone

Horse Riding

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Within the Wilderness are 32.4 miles of trails which allow for horse riding. Riders must stay on designated trails and have a Forest permit. The 4.9 mile Sycamore Loop trail is a hike-only trail, but the rest of the trails allow for horses. Groups are limited to 10 persons or less and we ask that you keep your horse under control. With many loops to choose from there are a variety of distances that a rider can choose from. The Blackwell Horse Camp is at the edge of the Wilderness and the Hickory Ridge Horse Camp is within an easy ride so longer rides are possible from either of these sites which have loading ramps and corrals and more amenities.

Water AvailabilityStreams and Lake
Size Restrictionsno
Loading Rampno
Hitching RailsYes
Corralsno

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  37.3 miles
  Latitude : 
39.0207
  Longitude : 
-86.3838