Consistent with federal and state health and safety guidance all campgrounds, horse camps, and restroom facilities​ are currently closed to ensure physical distancing.

Developed Recreation Sites Closed Due to COVID-19 Precautions

Hoosier National Forest is open to recreation, but please be prepared and recreate responsibly. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. 

Consistent with federal and state health and safety guidance all campgrounds, horse camps, and restroom facilities​ are currently closed to ensure physical distancing.

Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

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National Forest

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 203,000 acre Forest a local treasure. Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of stewardship focused on restoring, maintaining, and interpreting the cultural and natural resources of our public lands. 

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Recent News


Photograph Your Forest Contest

A barn owl is framed in a wreath of orange and yellow leaves.

The Hoosier National Forest is excited to announce a series of contests open to the public to capture spectacular views, special moments, and hidden gems!

2017-18 Annual Report Released

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Each year the Hoosier National Forest publishes a Year in Review which summarizes the past year's accomplishments. This year's review combines achievements from 2017 and 2018.


Buffalo Trace Interactive Map

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Whether sitting at home or out and about traveling this historic route, you can now learn more about the history that makes up the Buffalo Trace through the new Interactive Story Map. 

Houston South Project

Overstocked pines in the project area.

Proposes to treat vegetation and conduct related management activities improving forest health and sustainability of the oak-hickory ecosystems while also improving wildlife habitat.


Current Projects

Before certain activities can take place on the Hoosier National Forest, we complete an analysis of the potential effects and involve the public. Find out a current projects on the Hoosier.

Hoosier Highlights

Each month the Forest highlights a different aspect of its management or natural resources. These articles are great place to catch up or keep up on management activities on the Hoosier.

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