Hoosier National Forest

Paoli, IN

Where are we going?

Hoosier National Forest
4559 Wildwood Way
IN 47454

812 275-5987

What is there to do?

The Hoosier National Forest is located in the hills of south central Indiana, and offers 203,000 acres of incredible local treasure.

It's here that families can explore the rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities. It's a small but beautiful forest that has long been a favorite!

Within the Hoosier National Forest, there are some unique features that are certainly worth a visit. Some of them natural, some of them historic, but all of them fascinating!

Visit Charles C. Deam Wilderness, Indiana's ONLY Congressionally designated wilderness area with 13,000 acres. Why not check out the 88 acres of Pioneer Mother Memorial Forest, with an archaeological site too.

There are stunning sandstone formations in the box-shaped canyon of Hemlock Cliffs, and a 19th century stone house - Rickenbaugh House - once used as a local post office and church meeting house.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for the local wildlife either. With a mix of openland and forest, you are surrounded by a wealth of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, woodchuck, fox, squirrel, and opossum, to name a few!

With over 200 miles of hiking, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking, scenic drives, and even camping, it's a nature filled family day out for all at the Hoosier National Forest.

And here's a fun tip to finish your adventure with. The Ohio River Scenic Byway parallels the Ohio River along the Indiana shore. This will take you through weaving towns and rolling river hills. It's worth a look!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Entry passes are required for some developed recreation areas on the Hoosier National Forest. Trail Permits are required for all horseback and most mountain bike riding on the Hoosier National Forest.


When can we go?

Best in daylight hours

Open year round


Any top tips?

Take a map with you when you visit the Forest, and preferably a compass or GPS unit. It is easy to get disoriented if you get off trail.

I’m Hungry!

There are plenty of picnicking spots to enjoy your lunch in!

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