Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area was designated a wilderness in 1982 and encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. Wilderness designation places this area in a special legal status (subject to the 1964 Wilderness Act). It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Within the Wilderness are 37.3 miles of trails which are provided for hiking, backpacking, and horse riding.

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At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: Horse riders (age 17 years and older) are required to have a permit and stay on trails designated for that type of use. Permits are available from our offices and local vendors.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No motorized or wheeled vehicles including bicycles or carts are allowed in this area. Parking is allowed along Tower Ridge Road in only three locations: Blackwell Horse Camp, Grubb Ridge Trailhead, and the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower. Hunting is permitted in the Wilderness. Target shooting or practicing is not allowed. Group size is limited to 10 people or less. Geocaching is prohibited in the Wilderness to preserve it's natural character.
Closest Towns: Bloomington, IN
Water: none
Restroom: none
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. You will see a sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Maumee Boy Scout Camp. It is a gravel road. The Wilderness boundary begins just a few hundred feet down this road and continues for several miles. Please get a map before visiting this area as the boundaries are not clearly marked. GPS Coordinates for the Grubb Ridge Trailhead: Lat- 39o 1' 57.724"N Long- 86o 20' 26.973"W

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