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Fire Tower Highlight of Southern Indiana Woods

This is a classic go to spot. I love going to the top of the fire tower. You can see a couple of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul K
Bloomington, Indiana
Pioneer Mothers' Pioneer Forest

Tucked into the northeast corner of the Hoosier National Forest in between U.S. Route 150 and State... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Columbus, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul K
Reviewed 21 October 2018

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

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,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 August 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ungulate
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Pioneer Mother's: This special piece of the Hoosier National Forest is an 88 acre tract of virgin forest which was purchased undeveloped in 1816, and owned by a family until 1940. The local community believed it should continue to be preserved in its virgin state...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

This trail is fairly flat 9.5 miles total in and out. The trail ends at Lake Monroe so you can take a lunch and eat on the beach.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Joan v
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

This place has thousands of acre of beautiful hiking, you can primitive camp in a tent or primitive camp in a camper/RV(with a generator or solar panels) & they also have hook up campsites, horse riding back riding trail, biking trail, foot path trails and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mark h
Reviewed 27 March 2018

My family and I hike here a lot, and we really enjoy it! The old fire tower shown in the photo is also pretty cool! It is neat because as you get higher, you can feel the wind moving it. Kind of scary, but glad...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank jacksonlyss
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

What an amazing resource just about an hour away from Indianapolis or Louisville. Easily accessible from trail or lake. We went in by canoe for a week and had a blast. Beautiful scenery. Had some great paddles and some really good day hikes. Make sure...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank fwinei
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Hoosier is promoted as looking especially beautiful in the Fall, more rarely in the the springtime, when "oaks, maples, and hickories, dogwood, purple redbud, and spring wildflowers" are picturesque and gorgeous. The forest is a mix of private land and public land, which seems unusual...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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11 July 2018|
Response from mark h | Reviewed this property |
That would be the fire tower(that's what we've always called it), this is north of Bedford, Indiana, this location and north of Norman, Indiana has several good trails!!! If you get into doing the GPS hunt there's several... More
Angela M
8 March 2018|
Response from fwinei | Reviewed this property |
I really haven’t encountered any difficult trails in the CharlesC. Deem Wilderness. Pro tip, stay on the trails that camp sight by the water looks close on the map but there’s not a easy way to get there by foot.
6 January 2018|
Response from fwinei | Reviewed this property |
I believe so they are just supposed to be kept on a leash.