Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hardin Ridge Camper

The 1,200 acre Hardin Ridge recreational complex is located on the shores of Monroe Reservoir. Located just southeast of Bloomington, the area is easily accessible from State Highway 446. The area offers camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, nature walks, and interpretive programs in a forested environment. For a downloadable brochure click here.

The physical address for Hardin Ridge Recreation Area is 6464 Hardin Ridge Road, Heltonville, IN  47436.


This campground is operated by the Cradle of Forestry Concessionaires during the summer months. They also have a website about the Hardin Ridge campground which may provide additional information.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day though some loops are closed seasonally and water is shut off in winter months. Normally Southern Point Campground Loop is open year-round, however, in 2015, all loops are closed due to low use from January through March. 
Fees $5/vehicle/day fee for day use in the area or $35 annual permit for use of the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. For pass holders, the annual fee is $17.50/year  for $2.50/day.  Buses are $5 for the driver plus $1/person - no passes accepted. The fee is only required 4/15 - 10/31. Firewood is available (1 cu foot bundles) for $5.
Permit Info: All visitors must purchase a daily use permit during the recreation season (April 15-October 15). Instructions are provided if the gatehouse is not staffed. The permit is $5/vehicle ($2.50 for pass holders), more for buses ($5 for bus driver and $1/passenger - no passes accepted). Annual passes for day use are $35 (America the Beautiful Access and Senior discounts are honored) and the pass is good for Hardin Ridge, Tipsaw Lake and Indian-Celina Recreation Areas.  There is also a 2-mile hike and bike trail that parrallels the campground road, runs between the camping areas and to the beach. It is the only trail on the Hoosier where bicycles can be ridden without a trail permit.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
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 recreation area unless it has been certified by the USDA or IDNR.
Closest Towns: Bloomington, IN
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Some Vault and some flush
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry Concessionaires; phone 812-837-9453 (during recreation season only).

General Information


Hardin Ridge is just west of State Route 446 on the south side of Lake Monroe. The recreation area is southeast of Bloomington and can be accessed by taking State Road 46 to State Road 446 then south to Chapel Hill Road where signs will direct you in to the recreation site. From Bedford, take US 50 east to State Road 446, then north to Chapel Hill Road. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 39 degrees 0' 36.296"N, Long- 86 degrees 25' 42.812"W

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