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Check the Recreation Conditions Report for current information on the status of recreation sites.    

Forest offices remain closed to the public, but virtual services are available.  Contact staff via phone, website email or social media for maps, federal recreation passes, trail use permits, questions and information:  

Bedford

  • (812) 275-5987
  • (866) 302-4173 (toll-free)

Tell City

  • 812-547-7051 

General Inquiries

Guidance for Recreating Responsibly 

  • Follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus.  
  • Adhere to the guidance in your local communities, state or region for social distancing and other precautionary steps 
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location.  
  • Consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods. 
  • Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities should be avoided. 
  • Always check status before planning to recreate on National Forests 
  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles or just left on the ground becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract pests. 
  • Dispose of human waste properly. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
  • Keep campfires small, never leave them unattended, and drown the fire when done. Follow campfire safety best practices.
  • Follow Leave No Trace guidelines.  
  • The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Welcome to

HOOSIER

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. 

More about Hoosier National Forest

Enjoy your National Forest

Features

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.

Spotlights

Buffalo Trace Interactive Map

An American bison feeds among amber grasses.

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.


Connect With Us!

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier/