Recreation

The Hoosier National Forest is within a 2-hour drive of Cincinnati, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Louisville. The Forest offers people a tranquil setting to explore, fish, hike, hunt and reconnect with nature. There are over 260 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Trail systems may be open to more than one type of use, so please be courteous to other users.

Please note: To reduce our paper use, printed trail maps will no longer be available at trailhead kiosks when current supplies run out.

See our Maps and Publications page to prepare for your outing.

Get Outside

 

Know where you're going? Select the Areas & Activities in the upper right corner and use the drop-down to find an area.

Know Before You Go

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Birdseye Trail Open to Visitor
Hardin Ridge Recreation Area Open to Visitor Beach closed
Hickory Ridge Fire Tower Open to Visitor Parking is limited. Have a plan to visit another site or trail if this site is full.  If possible plan your visit during non-peak times such as mornings, and weekdays.  Due to the nature of the tower, social distancing can be challenging.
Hickory Ridge Trail Open to Visitor
  • Trail 16 is closed from the junction of trail 17 on the west to junction with trail 17 on the east.
Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area Open to Visitor 12/1/21 - Indian Lake water levels have been lowered for boat ramp work and invasive plant control.  Ramp will not be open until spring.  Northface Campground Loop open year round.
Saddle Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor 12/1/21 - Lake water levels have been lowered for boat ramp work and it may take several months for lakes to refill and allow use of boat ramps.
Springs Valley Trail and Boat Launch Open to Visitor UPDATE 4/12/22: Boat ramp will be closed for several weeks for repairs.  It will take a few weeks for the water level to come back up following that.
Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor 12/1/21 - Lake water levels have been lowered for boat ramp work and it may take several months for lakes to refill and allow use of boat ramps.
Two Lakes Loop Trail Open to Visitor Trail partially closed for forest management activities in the area. Many segments are open, but full loop cannot be traveled.

Spotlights

Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area

Camping at Celina Campground

Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area is located two miles south of Interstate 64 off Indiana 37. It offers​ opportunities for both overnight and day use, with two camping loops and two lakes that offer paddling,​ fishing and boating (electric motors only), and two​ trails for hiking. This area is operated by a​ concessionaire under a special use permit issued by​ the Forest Service from mid-April through late​ October.

Rickenbaugh House

Rickenbaugh House

This sandstone block house was built in 1874 by Jacob Rickenbaugh. The house has been renovated and is open periodically during the summer months when staff is available. Interpretive programs are given at the amphitheater next to the historic house and tours of the house are scheduled regularly. A nature store with souvenier and educational items is located inside the house.

A downloadable flier with information is available - click here.

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

Hardin Ridge Camper

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area is located on Monroe Lake south of Bloomington, Indiana. This recreation area offers​ six campground loops, two picnic areas and three shelterhouses,​ two of which are available for reservation, a three​ lane boat launch, a swim beach with shelter and showerhouse,​ hiking trails, and two rental cabins on the lake. The​ campground loops offer modern restroom and shower​ facilities. This area is operated by a concessionaire under a​ special use permit issued by the Forest Service from mid-​April through mid to late October.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/hoosier/recreation