Recreation Ethics

Below are a few reminders about your visit to the Hoosier -

All-terrain Vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATVS) are not permitted on trails in the Hoosier NF. Licensed ATVS and 4-wheel drive vehicles are confined to existing roads open to public use. All vehicles must therefore be properly licensed and drivers must abide by State laws.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Rock climbing and rappelling is permitted on most NF land with the exception of a portion of Hemlock Cliffs. Please honor the restricted area at this site. If you are not an experienced climber, we suggest you first obtain training from a qualified source.

When climbing or rappelling off cliff faces, please avoid disturbing plants on the rock faces. The environment these plants inhabit is very fragile, and some are rare species. The Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky now has special areas for rock climbing and rappelling.


Small, open fires are permitted except during extremely high fire danger. No special permits are required. Please use extreme caution with campfires and make sure they are dead out before vacating the campsite. Use only dead and down materiel for firewood. Cutting or defacing live trees or shrubs is prohibited. Campfires are not allowed within rock shelters.