Stay Safe - Recreate Responsibly - Stay close to home, stat 6 ft apart, avoid crowding, pack it outPhotos of an owl, brown leaves, and a hiker's boots say Capture the Forest winner. Every Kid Outdoors - Kids pile into a tent

In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Hoosier National Forest has extended the temporary closure of all developed recreation sites and mandated a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire forest effective April 9, 2020.

Hoosier National Forest temporarily closing all developed recreation sites and mandating group-size limitation

The following areas are ordered closed on the Hoosier National Forest:

  • All Developed Campgrounds
    • Horse camps are open for the purpose of parking for access to trails only, no other day use or camping is permitted.
  • All Developed Day Use Areas
    • Including visitor centers, picnic areas and historic sites), with the exception of trails, associated trailheads and their parking lots, and boat launches. 
  • Hickory Ridge Fire Tower
  • Hemlock Cliffs Trail
  • All toilet facilities

See our news release for more information and safety guidelines.

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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. 

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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

Beams of sunlight flood into the a fall forest canopy through light smoke.

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.


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