The Knobstone Trail is the longest hiking and backpacking trail in the state. It winds through southern Indiana’s 22,000-acre Clark State Forest, Elk Creek Public Fishing Area, and Jackson-Washington State Forest.
The trail follows the Knobstone Escarpment, a series of somewhat flat-topped ridges over 300 feet high, with some nice views along the way. It also passes several lakes and ponds. Difficulty is easy to moderate, and there are occasional rough stretches. Horses are not permitted on the trail.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed on public lands which are traversed by the trail. No permits are required, but backpackers should register at the two state forest offices. Campsites should be out of sight of the trail as well as all lakes, and also must be at least one mile from roads and public use areas. Campfires are discouraged but permitted.
For Further Information: Indiana Division of Outdoor Recreation, 402 W. Washington, Room 271, Indianapolis, IN 46204: (317)232-4070.