Pate Hollow Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hiking the Pate Hollow Trail

This 7.7 mile hike-only trail is a nice hike through mixed hardwoods with views of Lake Monroe. An old road serves as an inner connector for those desiring a shorter hike. The trailhead parking lot and the first few feet of the trail is located at the Paynetown State Recreation Area managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resource (DNR). That facility offers camping, swimming, a boat ramp and marina, a nature center, and additional hiking trails. This trail is a joint effort between the Hoosier National Forest and the Indiana DNR. The parking lot trailhead is administered by the DNR and offers access not only to the Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Trail, but also to the DNR White Tail Trail. The White Tail Trail intersects just a few feet into the trail and takes off to your left. Have fun on both trails but please be aware that different rules apply for each agency.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: open year round.
Fees none
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Horse, mountain bike, or motorized travel is not permitted on this trail. Backcountry camping is permitted ONLY on Hoosier National Forest land
Closest Towns: Bloomington, IN
Water: available at Paynetown State Recreation Area Office
Restroom: Available at Paynetown State Recreation Area office (Trailhead)
Operated By: USFS, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; Phone: 812-275-5987

General Information

Directions: From Bloomington, IN, take State Road 446 south approximately 9.8 miles. From Bedford, take State road 50 east to State Road 446. Follow State Road 446 to the north approximately 24 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is located directly behind the Paynetown State Recreation Office, just west of the Indiana Conservation Officer Headquarters. Coordinates are: Lat- 39o 5' 32.504"N Long- 86o 25' 27.721"W

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