Recreation Passes & Permits
While much of the forest is open to the public free of charge, some places pass for entry or a permit for a specific trail use (horseback or mountain bike riding).
Daily entry passes are required at some developed campgrounds and recreation areas on the Hoosier National Forest. Many trails and campgrounds do not. To find out if an area requires a pass and what that pass may cost, please see the specific page under our Recreation section for pass details and day-use fees.
Trail use permits permits are required for horseback or mountain riding on designated Hoosier National Forest trails as well as use at trailheads or within campgrounds.
Find out more about trail use permits, when they are necessary, and how to obtain one.
Several federal agencies have combined their recreation passes into a program known as America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Find our more about these passes and the discounts they provide for day-use to certain Hoosier National Forest Recreation Areas.
Trail tags can be purchased at several local stores. See addesses, telephone numbers, and directions of stores that have partnered with us to sell these tags.
Order Trail Use Permits by Mail
Can't make it to one of our offices or vendors? Download a form to request a trail use permit by mail.