Alerts & Notices

We may occasionally close roads or parts of the Forest for the safety of people or to protect natural resources. For more details, see the Public Notices or Closures section below or call one of our offices. We also publish many of our Forest Orders and closures in the "News & Events" section on this web site.

Orders/Closures

List of Closure Orders

Number

Description

Effective Date

Termination Date

09-12-08

Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest (map)

 1/27/1995

 Indef.

09-12-18

Horse Camps - Forestwide

 4/28/2000

 Indef.

09-12-21

Hickory Ridge Fire Tower - BT (Map)

 9/15/2000

 Indef.

09-12-35

Setting forth Restrictions and Conditions of Use - Forestwide

 8/26/2004

 Indef.

09-12-55

 

Endangered Species Protection

 

3/7/2013

 

Indef.

09-12-56

German Ridge Recreation Area (with Map)

3/7/2013

Indef.

09-12-59

Activities restricted within Hemlock Cliffs Area (Map of Area)

4/1/2013

9/30/2018

09-12-69

Caves - Forest-wide

12/22/14

12/22/17

09-12-85

Hemlock Cliffs closed to camping

07/18/2016

Indef.

09-12-104

General Restrictions and Prohibitions

09/21/2017

Indef.

09-12-107

Springs Valley Campground

05/11/2017

06/25/2017

09-12-106

Firewood Restrictions

6/13/2017

Indef.

09-12-109

Springs Valley Campground Permanent Closure

10/15/2017

Indef.

09-12-105

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

 09/21/2017

 Indef.

09-12-110

Prescribed Burn Closure

 10/20/2017

 Indef.

09-12-112

Prescribed Burn Closure

 10/20/2017

 Indef.

09-12-113

Two Lakes Trail Reroute (map)

 10/23/2017

 02/20/2018

09-12-114

Indian Lake Boat Launch Closure (map)

11/9/2017

03/09/2018

09-12-117

Cave Closures

12/19/2017

12/19/2020

Last Updated: 06/13/2018

Administrative Publications Summary

The above is a summary of Special Orders which pertain to the Hoosier National Forest. These orders establish certain travel regulations, closures, and other restrictions on the use of the National Forest. Please direct specific questions to the District Ranger's office.

All orders are shown as pdf files. PDF files require the Acrobat Reader program. You can download the Acrobat Reader free of charge.

Alerts


  • 2017 Updates to Firewood Restrictions
  • Keep Safe: Marijuana Grow Sites

Closures


  • Critical Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower Closed 05/08/2018

Conditions

Weather

Before traveling or going outdoors to recreate, it's good to check the current weather and forecast. Local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!

Road Conditions

Know the condition and status of highways and roads en route to your destination. Good planning can save you time!


Public Notices

Firewood Restrictions

THREAT TO EASTERN FORESTS -

An exotic pest - the emerald ash borer - is now in the Hoosier National Forest area. Because of this pest- hardwood firewood can no longer be brought onto the Hoosier unless it is certified. Learn more...

Rules and Regulations

The following is a partial summary of rules and regulations that apply to the most common activities on the Forest. Forest visitors may review the complete text for rules and regulations by contacting a Hoosier National Forest (NF) office or viewing on the national website.