The Hoosier National Forest is located in the south center part of Indiana.
Where is this Forest?


Camping on the Hoosier NFThe Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful Forest a favorite! Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 202,000 acre Forest should be managed. We strive to provide outstanding stewardship by restoring, maintaining, and interpreting our public's cultural and natural resources. We offer high quality, resilient and rare ecosystems that provide diverse outdoor recreational experiences.


The Hoosier National Forest is part of the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. The US Forest Service manages 153 national forests and grasslands across America. The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. To learn more about the Forest Service goals, history, and people click on the “About the Agency” link above.

Recent News


Prescribed Burning on the Hoosier National Forest

Firefighter lights a prescribed burn

During the spring of 2014, the Hoosier plans to burn 10 areas totalling 3,273 acres. The areas will be burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration and restore wildlife habitat.

American Chestnuts Planted on Hoosier NF

planters planting chestnut trees

Once a prominent forest tree in southern Indiana, American chestnut trees have now been planted on the Hoosier National Forest in partnership with Purdue University, The American Chestnut Foundation, and Northern Research Station.


German Ridge Heritage Project

Logo for the German Ridge heritage Project

 The German Ridge Heritage Project is a partnership between the Hoosier NF and Indiana University to document the lives and culture of early settlers in the German Ridge community.

Annual Reports

Cover for 2012 Annual Report

View highlights of Hoosier National Forest annual accomplishments.


Get Outdoor Day

Get Outdoors Day Logo

Get Outdoor Day is an annual event for kids to play outside and participate in acitivites they might not otherwise try. Join us at Murray Forest Park in Bedford on June 21.

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Key Contacts

Judi Perez, Public Affairs Officer, 812-275-5987