Hoosier National Forest
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Bedford, IN 47421

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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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Viewing Wildlife

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 allow for hiking and horse riding. Groups are limited to 10 persons. The Wilderness is a large area that gives people an opportunity to see many types of wildlife in their natural home. Along the lake you can see eagles and other birds. Walk softly, bring your binoculars, and enjoy the opportunity for some solitude and a chance to experience the backcountry experience that Wilderness is intended to provide. Though horse riders must stay on designated trails, hikers area allowed to walk cross-county but get a map because its easy to get lost!

Specieswoodland songbirds, eagles, water birds, deer and more

Viewing Plants

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 allow for hiking and horse riding. Groups are limited to 10 persons. The Wilderness is a large area that gives people an opportunity to see many types of ecosystems and plants. There are beautiful wildflowers, stands of trees approaching old growth size, and a variety of forest types from pine to oak. Enjoy the opportunity for some solitude and a chance to experience the backcountry experience that Wilderness is intended to provide. Though horse riders must stay on designated trails, hikers area allowed to walk cross-county but get a map because its easy to get lost!

SpeciesCentral Hardwood ecosystems plus some introduced pine and other species around old farmsteads.
Special Featureold homesites
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Location

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