Brooks Cabin

Area Status: Open
Brooks Cabin

Brooks Cabin is an authentic log cabin at the edge of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. It serves as a welcome center for the Wilderness when it is open, but since it is staffed mostly by volunteers it is only open on weekends during the summer months. Tax records and evidence left by artifacts indicate the cabin was built by John S. Brooks in the 1890's. The building is characteristic of log homes built in the eastern United States between 1850 and 1920. The Forest Service acquired the cabin in a land purchase in 1992. Until then, the structure was slowly deteriorating as a result of neglect and vandalism. The cabin was relocated to a location where it could be more accessible and useful. The entrance to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness was chosen as a perfect place to reconstruct the cabin.  

At a Glance

Permit Info: None
Open Season: Seasonal
Usage: Light
Restrictions: The cabin may be closed- if so, the road will be gated.
Closest Towns: Bloomington, IN
Water: none
Restroom: vault toilet
Operated By: USFS, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; Phone: 812-275-5987

General Information

Directions: Take State Route 446 south from State Route 46 out of Bloomington and turn at Tower Ridge Road. This is the road that has a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The Brooks Cabin is the second road on the right after you turn on Tower Ridge Road. it is about 1/4 mile from State Road 446. Turn down a gravel lane - which will be gated if the cabin is closed. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 39o 0' 55.401"N, Long- 86o 23' 49.008"W

Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Behind Brooks Cabin is a small lake/pond that people often fish in. Though we don't know if it has many fish, children seem to enjoy fishing in the shady area around the pond while their parents sit and watch.

Fish Species Pan fish
Fishing Mode Shoreline fishing
Fishing Platform none
Cleaning Station none
Water Temperature Depends on season.
Accessible Platform none
Fishing Method Fishing pole with bait or lures

Viewing Scenery

Brooks Cabin is a very scenic area set in the pines with a pond behind the historic log cabin, a split rail fence and a picnic area. People enjoy just coming to sit and enjoy the picturesque area and many people take pictures of the cabin and the setting.

Special Feature cabin, split rail fence and historic setting.

Interpretive Areas

There are interpretive panels at Brooks Cabin explaining the history of this unique cabin as well as a large mill stone which was once nearby in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and was brought to the cabin for interpretation. Visitors can learn about the early pioneers in this area and see how they once lived.


Brooks Cabin site has a picnic table that allows people to better enjoy this peaceful setting.

No. of Sites 1 picnic table
Reservation Info not reservable
Fire Information grill is available
No. of Accessible sites 1 table

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