Buzzard Roost Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Old Cars parked at the Buzzard Roost Rec Area

Buzzard Roost is an overlook on the Ohio River that provides a panoramic view of the Ohio River bottom. The site has a primitive picnic area though no toilets or water are provided. Camping is allowed.

This was once the location of the Buzzard Roost Lookout Tower.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day, Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am
Fees None
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.
Closest Towns: Sulphur, IN
Water: None
Restroom: Porta-john is provided
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: From I-64: Take the IN 237/66 exit for English/ Sulphur south toward Sulphur. At Sulphur, there is a 3-way intersection, to get to Buzzard Roost continue south on IN 66 through the community of Oriole. Turn off State Highway 66, 1.5 miles south of Oriole onto the first road east (Onido Road) and follow it bearing to the right at the intersection of Onido and Orchard Roads. Continue on Onido Road to the marked entrance of Buzzard Roost. Turn left at the entrance sign. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 38o 7' 11.273"N, Long- 86o 27' 56.379"W

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Viewing Scenery

Buzzard Roost has perhaps the best view on the Hoosier National Forest. From the cliff tops a visitor can see far into Kentucky and get long views of the Ohio River and the bottomlands. You can see birds catching air currents over the river and there are benches to sit and watch the boats and barges go by and enjoy the amazing view.

Special FeatureBenches are provided


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