DescriptionIn south-central Indiana, the more than 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest offers many miles of scenic driving over back-country hills; the roads are particularly beautiful in the autumn and spring. Principal recreation areas are Hardin Ridge on Monroe Lake and Celina, Indian and Tipsaw lakes. The forest has more than 239 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horse trails. Facilities for horse camping are available. Hunting for a variety of wildlife is permitted in season.
There are several remote areas for backpacking and nature study. Pioneer Mothers' Memorial Forest, a tract of virgin timber 1 mile south of Paoli, is used in ecological studies and is renowned for its large trees. Nearby towns listed separately are Bedford, Bloomington and Evansville. For more information contact the Forest Supervisor, 811 Constitution Ave., Bedford, IN 47421. Open daily 24 hours (weather permitting). Phone (812) 275-5987 or (866) 302-4173, or TTY (800) 877-8339.