The Hoosier National Forest is located in the south center part of Indiana.
Where is this Forest?


Belle the Mule assists with trail construction on the forest.The 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 Forest a favorite! Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 203,000 acre Forest should be managed. We strive to provide outstanding stewardship by restoring, maintaining, and interpreting our public's cultural and natural resources. We offer high quality, resilient and rare ecosystems that provide diverse outdoor recreational experiences.

The Hoosier National Forest is part of the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. The US Forest Service manages 153 national forests and grasslands across America. The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. To learn more about the Forest Service goals, history, and people click on the “About the Agency” link above.

The Vision for the Hoosier National Forest, as set by its employees, is: "The Hoosier National Forest, one of Indiana’s premier Federal resources, provides outstanding stewardship by restoring, maintaining, and interpreting our public’s cultural and natural resources.

We offer high quality, resilient and rare ecosystems that provide diverse outdoor recreational experiences."  Let us know how we're doing!

Recent News


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. This interactive map features sites along the route in every county along the path of southern Indiana history.

Throwback Thursday Historical Photographs

Sowing seeds at Nursery

Each Thursday the Hoosier will add another photograph from the past. Check back to see different aspects of Forest management from the 1930's through today, and how your national forest has changed! We filled the first gallery with 100 historical photos and have started a second gallery!

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Prescribed Burning on the Hoosier National Forest

Firefighter lights a prescribed burn

During the spring of 2017, the Hoosier has several areas ready for possible prescribed burns. The areas may be burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration and restore wildlife habitat. ...

Annual Reports

Cover of Annual Report for 2014

View highlights of Hoosier National Forest annual accomplishments.


American Chestnuts Planted on Hoosier NF

planters planting chestnut trees

Once a prominent tree in southern Indiana, American chestnut trees are now back in partnership with Purdue Univ, The American Chestnut Foundation, and Northern Research Station.

German Ridge Heritage Project

Logo for the German Ridge heritage Project

 The German Ridge Heritage Project is a partnership between the Hoosier NF and Indiana University to document the lives and culture of early settlers in the German Ridge community.

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Key Contacts

Andrea Crain, Public Affairs Officer, 812-276-4770