Buzzard Roost Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Old Cars parked at the Buzzard Roost Rec Area

A scenic location for walking, picnicking and camping.  Parking areas are available at the first trailhead access and at the picnic/camping spur. Tables, grills, and a portable toilet are available at the picnic area. Benches are located on the bluffs overlooking the Ohio River. Water is not available on site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day, Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am
Fees: None
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Firewood Restrictions 
  • Any firewood brought onto National Forest System land must meet ONE of the firewood requirements on Hoosier National Forest.
  • Use of on-site firewood must only be from dead, downed material. Standing trees, living or dead, may not be cut or defaced.
A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground. 
Closest Towns: Sulphur, IN
Water: None
Restroom: One Vault Toilet
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information


From I-64 take exit 86. Go south on Ind. 66 through Oriole. 1.5 miles south of Oriole, turn left onto Onido Road. Bear right at the intersection of Onido and Orchard Roads. Continue on Onido Road to Boone Creek Road, to Buzzard Roost Road. Turn left at the marked entrance of Buzzard Roost.

General Notes:

Maps and Brochures

Area History

This was once the location of the Buzzard Roost Lookout Tower.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Buzzard Roost has a primitive campground and picnic area though no toilets or water are provided. Camping and Picnic Sites are not seperately designated, but either activity is allowed in the sites.

Site Number Spur Width x Spur Length (ft)
1 12 x 52
2 12 x 57
3 12 x 50
4 12 x 50
5 12 x 50


No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info No reservations taken
Fire Information Each site has a campfire grill established where camp fires must be built.
Sleeping Shelter no

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Buzzard Roost Recreation Area

Viewing Scenery

Buzzard Roost has perhaps the best view on the Hoosier National Forest. From the cliff tops a visitor can see far into Kentucky and get long views of the Ohio River and the bottomlands. You can see birds catching air currents over the river and there are benches to sit and watch the boats and barges go by and enjoy the amazing view.

Special Feature Benches are provided

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Buzzard Roost Recreation Area


Buzzard Roost has several primitive sites for either camping or picnicking. Though the sites are not seperately designated and no water is provided, they are popular sites to come and have a family picnic and explore the trail and watch the boats go by.

No. of Sites 5 picnic sites
Reservation Info not reservable
Fire Information grills are available with each site
No. of Accessible sites 5 sites

Scenic Driving

Buzzard Roost is just off the alternate route for the National Ohio River Scenic Byway and many people taking this route detour in to see the view from the cliffs. This 967-mile byway is a popular draw for travelers in the Midwest.

Pavement Type for Parking asphalt
Vehicle Clearence adequate
Size Restrictions Two lane paved road
Corrals Two lane paved road

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