Passes & Permits

Hiking a Trail on the ForestThe Hoosier manages many resources to care for the land and serve people. Management protects natural resource values, public health and safety, and is consistent with the Forest land and resource management goals outlined in the Forest Plan. In order to meet these objectives, permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land or resources. Additionally, permits assist is funding certain management projects or activities.

Click the links in the left column for more information on any of the topics below.

Recreation Passes and Permits:

  • Trail Permits for Horse and mountain bike use
  • Geocaching - policy is being established now.
  • Outfitter/Guide Commercial Permits

Forest Product Permits:

  • Permits are required for collecting edible material, decorative material, etc if used for commercial purposes
  • Minerals
  • Woody material (includes Firewood permit information).

Events and Commercial Permits:

  • Group use - groups larger than 75 people
  • Outfitter guides


  • Permits for other items such as electrical easements, utility lines
  • Private roads across national forest land
  • Oil and gas pipelines, wells or holding tanks...etc.

Please contact 812-547-7051 for more information on obtaining a special use permit.

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