187,812 acres. Situated in southern Indiana, Hoosier National Forest consists of two very sizable tracts of land, one of which borders on the Ohio River. It’s a region of rolling hills and some ridges with nice views.

There are quite a few lakes and many streams. The forests are largely oak-hickory, with pine and cedar, plus redbud and dogwood. Wildlife includes deer and wild turkey.

The National Forest is a patchwork of public and private lands, with no really remote places here, but there’s one designated wilderness area: the 12,935-acre Charles C. Deam Wilderness, the largest such area in this part of the country.

Activities: Over 150 miles of trails are available !for hiking and backpacking. About half of them are in the designated wilderness area. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate.

Among the longer trails are the 20-mile Hickory Ridge Trail and the 12-mile Two Lakes Loop, a National Recreation Trail which circles around two large lakes. Many trails are open to horseback riding. Fishing is possible, and hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the National Forest, as are campfires, except near public use areas or where otherwise posted. No permits are necessary.

For Further Information: Hoosier National Forest, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421; (812)275-5987.

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