Blackwell Horsecamp


Area Status: Open
Campers at Blackwell Horsecamp

Blackwell Horsecamp has long been a popular destination and overnight camping area for equestrians. Other campers are also welcome although the facilities are geared to provide for horses. The camp is along Tower Ridge Road in the center of the Charles Deam Wilderness area, approximately one mile from Highway 446. The camp also is a trailhead for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness trail system.

There is a picnic shelter at the site, a loading area for people to easily mount horses, including people with disabilities, and hitching posts. Trails from the site link to the trail system in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.
 

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At a Glance

Fees: No fee
Permit Info: Horse back 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: 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: Bloomington, IN
Water: none
Restroom: Vault toilets provided
Operated By: USFS, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; Phone: 812-275-5987

General Information

Directions: Take Highway 446 approximately 11 miles south of Bloomington. Turn east (left) at the sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. A small white church sits at the intersection. The camp is on the north (left) side of the road about one mile from 446. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 39o 1' 0.872"N, Long - 86o 23' 23.089"W

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Activities

Campground Camping

This is a primitive campground without designated sites and few amenities.  The primary use of the campground is for campers with horses who ride trails into the Charles C. Deam Wilderness from this site.

Fees: None
Hours of Operation: Year round 24 hours/day.

Horse Camping

Blackwell Horsecamp has long been a popular destination/overnight camping area for equestrians. Other campers are also welcome. The camp is along Tower Ridge Road in the center of the Charles Deam Wilderness area, approximately one mile from Highway 446. The camp also is a trailhead for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness trail system.

No. of Sites No designated sites, capacity of 100 horse trailers.
Reservation Info not reservable
Size Restrictions corrals available
Fire Information some fire rings and grills available
Corrals corrals available
Loading Ramp Accessible loading ramp is available
Hitching Rails hitching rails are available
Water Availability no water is available
No. of Accessible sites Accessible shelter house and walkways, 4 accessible toilets, and accessible loading ramp
Sleeping Shelter none

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.0200

  Longitude : 
-86.392