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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8 422 contributions
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avr. 2023 • En couple
Hoosier National Forest is so vast that it covers parts of nine counties in the hills of southern Indiana. Located 53 miles south of Bloomington and 52 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky, it covers a total area of 202,814 acres and is the only recognized wilderness area left in Indiana. It was first touched by humanity about 12,000 years ago when Native Americans hunted in the forest. Europeans reached the forest in the late 17th century and began building villages. Lumbering began in the 19th century but most of the area had been cut by 1910. Today, the trail system has almost 266 miles for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Prominent places to visit within the forest include the Lick Creek Settlement, Potts Creek Rockshelter Archaeological Site, Jacobs Rickenbaugh House, the 3.5-acre Sundance Lake and the Hemlock Cliffs Recreation Area in Crawford County, which contains one of the most scenic hiking trails in Indiana. For historians, the Lick Creek Settlement, located two miles south of Chambersburg, was a settlement of free blacks led by the Quaker Jonathan Lindley from 1819 to 1865. Interestingly, Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower is the only remaining fire tower out of eight that once stood within Hoosier National Forest. Visitors still may climb the tower but are advised to be cautious when doing so.
Écrit le 20 avril 2023
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Samantha J
Cincinnati, OH419 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
avr. 2021
Great trails. Adequate parking. Well maintained pathways. Very natural and great to visit. Will definitely visit again.
Écrit le 20 avril 2021
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luv4phood
Marietta, Géorgie841 contributions
3,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2020
We were looking for an outdoor activity away from campus on a recent visit with our student at IU. We picked the Sycamore Trail because it is nearby the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower. The first section of the trail was very quiet, with not many hikers. The creek along the trail was dry due to the recent drought. It was an OK hike but nothing that is a must see. Best part is that the hike loops around to the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower which is a must!
Écrit le 11 novembre 2020
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Amy W
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janv. 2020
We went to Hemlock Cliffs in English, IN on New Years since the sunshine was out. There is only one trail, about a mile, but it is worth the trip. The waterfall is great and you follow a creek to it. There are a few difficult spots on the trail as you walk down steep rock steps to the falls so beware of that if you have little kids or pets. There hadn't been a lot of rainfall leading up to when we went so I would love to back to see it after more rain. you drive down a gravel road for two miles before reaching the parking lot. You are able to camp here although we did not. It is a great hidden gem to spend a few hours at!
Écrit le 7 janvier 2020
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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Sura T
Unionville, IN29 contributions
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juill. 2019 • En solo
A great place to hike.Npt far from Bloomington Indians where there is lots to do. Deep forest beauty.
Écrit le 2 juillet 2019
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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amann112018
The Cincinnati Region12 contributions
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nov. 2018
Tremendous outdoor fun, even in late fall! I would strongly recommend, only a short drive from Bloomington.
Écrit le 9 février 2019
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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Paul K
Bloomington, IN92 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2018
This is a classic go to spot. I love going to the top of the fire tower. You can see a couple of the dorms from Indiana University way in the distance. You feel like you are in the middle of no where. Which, you kind of are... it takes 7 miles of driving on a gravel road to get there. Awesome hiking trails begin at the tower. On a fall day, you can get some pretty awesome views.
Écrit le 21 novembre 2018
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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interceptpubs
Columbus, IN974 contributions
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oct. 2018 • En solo
Tucked into the northeast corner of the Hoosier National Forest in between U.S. Route 150 and State Road 37 just south of Paoli is a special little 88-acre tract of land. It is, in fact, the largest parcel of old growth forest left in the state. Before settlers began clearing the land for farms, towns, etc., Indiana was covered with trees, in fact 90% of the state was forestland. Even those forests that are left have been harvested and replanted or otherwise altered over the past couple hundred years. This little plot escaped these changes.

Originally purchased by a Joseph Cox in 1816, it stayed untouched in the Cox family for over a century. When finally put up for sale in 1940, a timber company bought the land, but before they could harvest the timber, pressure from area residents prompted the U.S. Forest Service to purchase the land back and ultimately designate it a Research Natural Area to preserve it, protecting it further by adding a buffer of 165 additional acres.

There is a roughly 1.5 mile paved (actually an old access road that is now gated) and dirt foot trail that runs from a well marked parking lot on SR 37 to another unmarked little (3 or 4 space) parking area off US 150 (at its intersection with S. Triangle Rd.). It is a surprisingly peaceful place for a walk - once you get away from the roads on either side, all you'll hear is the wind through the trees and the occasional bird call. However, as it is protected land, hunting, camping, target shooting, and plant collecting are not allowed. Horses and bikes are also prohibited.

We visited on a sunny fall morning in October just as the leaves were changing and literally had the entire tract of land to ourselves - the walk along the trail from one end to the other and back took just under an hour. We only wish we'd come a couple weeks later when we're sure the fall colors would have been fantastic.
Écrit le 21 octobre 2018
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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danb60
Wildwood, MO130 contributions
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sept. 2018 • En solo
First time staying at the Indian-Celina South Loop. Camp host was great. It was a mid week stop, so there was no crowd at all. Clean, comfortable. Electric only. Water spigot at the entrance as well as trash dumpster. If there was a dump station, I did not see it.
Écrit le 2 octobre 2018
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The dump station is located on State Highway 37 across from Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area, a few miles south of the Indian-Celina Lakes area. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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ungulate
Lincoln, NE20 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
juill. 2018 • En solo
I stayed 2 nights in the Hoosier National Forest as part of an 18-state road trip with a focus on hiking and tent camping.

I stayed in the Indian-Celina campground which is very close to I-64, and is one of the nicest campgrounds I have ever stayed in. The rangers were helpful and polite, there is a beautiful pair of lakes, and plenty of hiking trails. The campsites are spacious and have plenty of vegetation in between which aids in privacy. The bathroom/showerhouse was in excellent condition. Lake Celina has a historic house from pioneer settlers on its shores, as well as that family's mid-19th century cemetery.

Pioneer Mothers State Wayside is a nice hike through old-growth forest near Paoli. Other reviews have touched on this attraction. It was an easy hike on a well-established trail. I didn't see another soul when I hiked on it.

I hiked several miles on the German Ridge network of trails. Ticks abound in this part of the forest, so check yourselves/your dogs/horses afterward. It seemed to be mainly a horse trail. Trails were usually well marked, but not always. Rolling hills is how I would describe this hike; lots of ups and downs, but not overly strenuous.

The Hoosier National Forest is a nice area to explore nature without the crowds of some of the bigger name parks and destinations. I visited the area on a July weekend, but rarely saw anyone else on the trails or in the campground.
Écrit le 2 août 2018
Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un membre de Tripadvisor et non l'avis de Tripadvisor LLC. Les avis sont soumis à des vérifications de la part de Tripadvisor.
We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Hoosier National Forest!
Écrit le 9 janvier 2020
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