Know Before You Go

Three Things about the Forest

  • The headquarters office is in Bedford, Indiana- the Forest is not located in Bedford, but is spread across 9 counties.
  • Private and public land ownership is scattered within the Forest boundary. Visitors must take care to stay on national forest lands and respect private property.

Visting the Forest

  • Take a map with you when you visit the Forest, and preferably a compass or GPS unit. It is easy to get disoriented if you get off trail. 
  • Trail tags are required for mountain biking and horseback riding. Tags can be purchased at vendors around the area or at either Hoosier National Forest office (Bedford or Tell City).

See a full list of forest rules for specifics on what is and isn't allowed. 

Conditions on the Forest